Gov. Markell's World Language Expansion Prog Receives Plaudits After First Year

Jul 24, 2013 -- 4:40am

A review of Governor Jack Markell’s world language immersion initiative, which seeks to give Delaware students an advantage in the global economy by ensuring their proficiency in a second language, showed that parents and a third party evaluator gave the effort high marks for its first year.

Gov. Markell spoke about the results of the initiative’s initial classes and looked forward to the program’s growth when he visited the Chinese Immersion Summer Camp at John R. Downes Elementary School in Newark Tuesday.

Downes will launch one of the state’s six new immersion programs that are scheduled to begin in the 2013-14 school year. The other five schools will run Spanish programs. In 2012-13, 340 Delaware students in either kindergarten or first grade began the immersion process in four programs: two in Mandarin Chinese and two in Spanish. 

The Chinese students began at McIlvaine Early Childhood Center in Magnolia and will move on to either Frear or Simpson Elementary Schools in the Caesar Rodney School District. The Spanish classes took place at William C. Lewis Dual Language Elementary School in Wilmington and John M. Clayton Elementary School in Frankford.


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