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February 3, 2011
As the mother of two children enrolled in a dual-language program and as an expert in bilingualism and bilingual education, I can assure you that English as a second language, or ESL, programs, in their goals, structure and implementation, are a far cry from immersion/dual-language programs (Dual immersion sounds a lot like ESL,” Jan. 27). First, the expectations of each program are different. In ESL programs, no support or value is given to the child’s primary language, and the goal is that the child learns English as quickly as possible (often at the expense of the primary language)
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | December 14, 2012
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.
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February 14, 2013
French Consul Axel Cruau visited Benjamin Franklin Magnet Elementary on Thursday to observe the first contingent of students enrolled in the school's French dual-language immersion program. The kindergartners in the program spend most of the day speaking and learning in French. Out of 146 applications that the district received, just 24 students hold spots in the program this year and roughly a third of the group come from French speaking homes. The French program is among the most popular dual-language immersion programs at Franklin, where students can also enroll in German, Spanish and Italian.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | October 24, 2012
Students studying Italian at Franklin Elementary were paid a visit Wednesday by Paola Ebranati, the education director for the Italian consulate in San Francisco. The Milan-born Ebranati, who was raised near the Alps in northern Italy, toured the kindergarten through third-grade dual-language immersion classes at Franklin, where students spend their days meeting Italian and Californian standards. In the kindergarten class, Italian words beginning with “P” were the topic of study.
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By Angela Hokanson | February 8, 2008
Students in the Korean Dual Language Program at Mark Keppel Elementary School welcomed the start of the Lunar New Year in Korean fashion on Thursday, with food, games and expressions of respect for their elders. Thursday was the first day of the Year of the Rat according to the lunar calendar, which is celebrated in many east Asian countries, including China and Korea. In Korea, children frequently celebrate the start of the new year by dressing up in traditional clothes and visiting extended family members.
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By Megan O¿Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | December 19, 2011
Plans to phase out German dual-language classes at Franklin Elementary School has caused an uproar, with some parents accusing district officials of misrepresenting their long-term commitment to the program and others vowing to do whatever it takes to save it. “What we are upset about is the fact that we really got blindsided by this,” said Eva Sippel, the mother of a German-language kindergarten student. “Nobody talked to us previously. If you call every single German parent they will all say the same thing - utter and complete shock.” Parent Kathleen Hand said that she and others will call on Glendale Unified officials to continue the program during a meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. today at Franklin Elementary.
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November 20, 2009
Glendale Unified School District Board of Education President Mary Boger and her board colleague, Joylene Wagner, unveiled the California Assn. for Bilingual Education award Thursday. Glendale Unified was chosen as bilingual school district of the year in large part for its successful dual-language programs. The ceremony at Jefferson Elementary School coincided with the school’s monthly flag ceremony in which students are recognized as students of the month and for good behavior.
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May 24, 2012
Italian students at Franklin Elementary School put their language skills on display Thursday for a high-profile visitor. Giuseppe Perrone, consul general of Italy in Los Angeles, made a stop at the multilingual campus where he observed classes and conferred with staff members. The site is in many ways the hub of Glendale Unified's burgeoning dual language FLAG programs, known formally as the Foreign Language Academies of Glendale. Franklin is already home to Italian, Spanish and German programs, and will add French starting in the fall.
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By Max Zimbert | September 28, 2009
GLENDALE — Scores of parents are recruiting more families to support adding Japanese to the Glendale Unified School District’s popular slate of elementary school dual-language programs. Organizers said they want to replicate the success of other dual-language programs offered in Italian, German, Armenian, Spanish and Korean. The Foreign Language Academy of Glendale, or FLAG, has been widely lauded for boosting campus enrollment and academic achievement. In September, the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education accepted two grants totaling $2.4 million for expanding the Spanish and Korean programs.
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By Max Zimbert | September 17, 2009
Federal grants worth $2.4 million will expand successful dual-language programs at Glendale Unified School District to more campuses, officials said Wednesday. The Foreign Language Academy of Glendale, known as FLAG, was awarded two grants by the U.S. Department of Education, a rare funding boost that administrators said would allow Spanish-language programming at Toll Middle School and Korean at another middle school campus by 2013. FLAG began a few years ago and offers bilingual education in Spanish, Armenian, Korean, German and, most recently, Italian.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 13, 2014
With a formal vote this week, the Glendale school board established the paths that students in dual-language immersion classes will take through high school . Of all the high schools, Hoover High will be home to the most languages. The school will be home to French, German, Italian, Spanish and Korean dual-language programs. Hoover will also host an Armenian dual language program and the district's Armenian heritage program where students study that country's culture and literature.
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February 14, 2014
I think it's great that Glendale Unified School District will be adding dual-language programs to our high school, however I do have some questions about how the schools and the neighborhoods around them will be affected. What is the current enrollment at the high schools versus the projected enrollment when the dual-language programs are in full swing? Will we have overcrowding and additional traffic issues like we have had at the elementary schools? Will more temporary classroom bungalows need to be added?
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 8, 2014
As Glendale school officials continue to review a plan to offer the district's popular dual-language immersion classes through the 12th grade , they announced this week which high schools would offer the foreign-language courses. At the elementary level, the dual-immersion program has students spend at least half the instructional day speaking and learning in a language other than English. At the high-school level, students would continue studying their chosen language with an intensive class every day. According to the proposal, Hoover High School would offer German, French, Italian and Armenian classes and would offer a Spanish class for students currently enrolled at Franklin and Edison elementary schools.
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By Camila Castellanos | December 28, 2013
A Glendale Unified School District plan to increase enrollment at La Crescenta-area elementary schools to allow for the expansion of dual-language immersion programs has ignited an intense debate among foothill neighbors regarding potential changes to their communities. The GUSD plan would nearly double enrollment over a seven-year period at Dunsmore and Valley View elementary schools. Dunsmore will incorporate the expansion of the Japanese dual-language program currently held at Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | October 3, 2013
[Note: This article was corrected. See details below. ] The Japanese dual-language immersion program at Verdugo Woodlands Elementary will be downsized rather than moved to another school, the Glendale Unified school board decided Tuesday. The vote ended months of discussion among Glendale school officials, parents and residents over the future of that dual-language program, as well as the Korean program at Monte Vista Elementary, which will be expanded. Much of the discussion centered on how the two schools would accommodate the programs that increased both schools' populations and added to neighborhood traffic congestion.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | September 19, 2013
Glendale school officials this week proposed plans for addressing dual-language immersion issues at Monte Vista Elementary and Verdugo Woodlands Elementary, where the programs are projected to expand beyond the current capacity of the two schools. The popularity of Monte Vista's Korean program drove officials to determine how they would expand it to the fifth and sixth grades. This week, Supt. Dick Sheehan recommended that the district keep the program at the school, but add two new bungalows to the seven-acre campus.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | August 23, 2013
Glendale Unified is grappling with the expansion of its popular dual-language immersion program to meet the demand from students and parents. The program, in which students are given a choice to spend at least half of their instructional day speaking and learning in a language other than English, was established in 2003. That year, 18 kindergartners spent 90% of their instructional time speaking and learning in Spanish at Thomas Edison Elementary. It has since expanded to several more schools where students learn Armenian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean or Spanish.
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February 14, 2013
French Consul Axel Cruau visited Benjamin Franklin Magnet Elementary on Thursday to observe the first contingent of students enrolled in the school's French dual-language immersion program. The kindergartners in the program spend most of the day speaking and learning in French. Out of 146 applications that the district received, just 24 students hold spots in the program this year and roughly a third of the group come from French speaking homes. The French program is among the most popular dual-language immersion programs at Franklin, where students can also enroll in German, Spanish and Italian.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | December 14, 2012
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.
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