Dual-Language Programs Are on the Rise, Even for Native English Speakers | NY Times

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Dos Puentes School - Washington Heights

Second graders at Dos Puentes Elementary School in Manhattan are taught in both Spanish and English. (Photo: Hiroko Masuike | NY Times)

On one of the first days of class at Dos Puentes Elementary School in Upper Manhattan last month, a new student named Michelle peered up through pale blue glasses and took a deep breath.

“Can I drink water?” Michelle, 6, said.

“Diga en Español,” her first-grade teacher, Rebeca Madrigal, answered.

Michelle paused.

“Can I drink agua?” she replied.

It was a start.

Dos Puentes, a three-year-old school in the Washington Heights neighborhood, is a dual-language program, which means that subjects, like reading and math, are taught in two languages with the goal of making students bilingual. Once seen as a novelty, dual-language programs are now coming into favor as a boon to both native and nonnative English speakers, and in areas around the country their numbers have been exploding.

Read more: Dual-Language Programs Are on the Rise, Even for Native English Speakers | NY Times

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