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Teach them while they're young (foreign languages, that is)



Duval schools have started up a new program aimed at exposing more young students to world languages, including Mandarin Chinese, German and Spanish. High school students in those classes will help teach the lessons.

"The whole purpose of this is to excite them about languages and to motivate them," Duval's supervisor of world languages, Joanne Davis, told students, according to the Florida Times-Union. "We want it to be a positive experience."

The theory continues that if the youngsters enjoy learning the language early, they might stick with it. And that could prove to be of critical importance as Florida continues to hone its education standards to become more internationally competitive.

Indeed, at a town hall meeting in east Pasco County on Thursday night, several parents and educators talked about the need for children to become fluent in other languages as the world "shrinks." The trick is to make it happen, and perhaps Duval has found the path. Thoughts?

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:38am]


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