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Ga. officials visit dual language school program

Georgia Education
Posted at 5:35 AM, Sep 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-17 01:41:03-04

      HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - State education officials say they're impressed so far with a dual language Mandarin Chinese program being used at a Henry County elementary school.

      Officials say Dutchdown Elementary School in Hampton hosts a language program involving more than 40 kindergarten students. The program was launched with a $15,000 state grant.

      Georgia Department of Education World Languages and Global Initiatives program specialist Greg Barfield says state officials are very impressed with the program and the level of student engagement so far.

      District officials say the dual immersion program is led by two teachers, one of whom is a native Mandarin speaker, and students switch classes during the day to learn different subjects in each language.  

      Officials plan to expand the program at Dutchtown to all grade levels by the 2018-19 school year.