Chinese, Arabic to Be Part of 38 Bilingual Programs Available for NYC Schools

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Language changes are coming to New York City schools.

Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina announced on Monday that 38 new bilingual programs will be available in the five boroughs for the 2016-2017 school years.

Almost $1 million will be given to the 38 new programs, which consists of 27 elementary school programs, seven middle school programs and four high school programs. The different languages will be Chinese, French, Haitian-Creole, Arabic, Polish and Spanish.

“As a former English Language Learner, I know that a strong education makes all the difference, and these new bilingual programs will give students the foundation to succeed in the classroom and beyond,” Farina said in a statement. “Speaking multiple languages is a tremendous asset for students, families, schools and our entire City, and it is my goal to further expand these programs. Through their participation in these programs, students will learn new cultures and parents will be welcomed into classrooms in different ways.”

The expansion will include 29 Dual Language programs and nine Transitional Bilingual Educational programs, which will serve more than 1,200 students in the city. In Dual Language classrooms, half of the students are English-proficient, while the other half are English Language Learners. The goal is for non-native students to become proficient in English while native students can become proficient in another language, making students more biliterate, bicultural and bilingual.

“The strength of New York City comes from our tremendous diversity. Not only do our students and families thrive through bilingual programs and by learning a new language and culture—the entire City does,” Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “These 38 programs build on last year’s Dual Language expansion that is increasing opportunity for students across the City.”

04/04/2016 2:41 PM by Chris Cruz

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