Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

NYC to unveil big expansion of bilingual education programs in schools

“Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña will unveil a plan Monday to open 38 bilingual programs at city schools starting in September, the Daily News has learned.

This includes 29 new Dual Language programs that will include classes taught in Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Arabic, Polish and Spanish — with English used on alternating days.

The lessons are meant for native English speakers as well as those who are learning the language for the first time.

The classes will be funded with roughly $1 million in federal funds and build on 40 bilingual programs that opened at city schools this past September.

The new programs will open in schools of all levels across all five boroughs. The city currently boasts 182 Dual Language programs in 154 public schools.”

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