Franklin Elementary students welcomed two foreign diplomats to visit their dual-immersion German classes over the course of two consecutive days this week.
On Friday, Deputy Consul General Stefan Biedermann of the German consulate in Los Angeles visited Franklin and said the school’s dual-language program was one of the best in Southern California — next to Goethe International Charter School and Esperanza High School in Anaheim.
It was Biedermann’s first visit to Franklin after having been stationed in Los Angeles five months ago.
“I would say it’s not only the teachers, but I understand the parents are very, very active here,” he said.
In 10 to 20 years, Biedermann says it will be increasingly important for people to speak at least two languages.
“This world is globalizing every day,” he said, but Europeans hold a more welcome view on speaking multiple languages with their proximity to so many countries and cultures. “It’s much more difficult here in the United States because I think the notion that you can do anything with English everywhere in the world is very strong.”