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Acting out in Korean

May 06, 2010

Kindergarten through second-grade students in the Korean dual-language immersion program at Keppel Elementary School performed traditional Korean children’s stories Wednesday.

Kindergartners sang about tadpoles, and first-graders starred in a play about two stepsisters, Kongjwee and Patjwee. Second-graders performed a Korean mask dance.

Because students are learning a new alphabet, instruction is half in Korean and half in English. The Korean program is one of six languages in the Foreign Language Academy of Glendale.

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School and district officials are looking for 30 kindergartners to enroll. Priority is given to Glendale Unified families, but anyone can apply.

The school district was awarded a $2.4-million grant in September that will allow the Korean and Spanish programs to expand into middle school. This week, administrators from Keppel, Edison and Franklin elementary schools submitted a different application that would make the schools magnet campuses, each with its own specialization.

If approved by the U.S. Department of Education, the grant would make Keppel an arts magnet school, and would provide teachers with training at several art and music centers.


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