38 New Bilingual Programs to be Introduced in NYC Schools

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New York City schools are expanding 38 bilingual programs in many different languages for the 2016-17 school year, the Board of Education announced last week.

The expansion includes 29 Dual Language and nine Transitional Bilingual Educational programs that will be implemented across 36 schools in New York City.

Hoping to serve over 1,200 students in the City, the goal of the programs are to educate ELLs (English Language Learners) and English-proficient students to become bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural. By achieving this, those who speak a common home language will receive instruction in their native tongue with intensive support in English. After time, the students will receive more instruction in English than their first language.

“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,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “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 programs will be separated into 27 elementary schools, seven middle schools, and four high schools across the five boroughs. The languages in these programs will include Chinese, French, Haitian-Creole, Arabic, Polish, and Spanish.

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