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05/29/14

Gov. Markell, Spanish Ambassador Renew Language Immersion Agreement

Dover Post (05/29/14) Barban, Sarah

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Spanish Ambassador Ramon Gil-Casares signed an agreement renewing an educational partnership between Spain and Delaware that was launched two years ago when Markell enacted the Governor's World Language Expansion Initiative. The initiative created immersion programs in kindergartens and elementary schools where students spend half of their day learning in English and the other half learning in either Spanish or Chinese. The goal of the initiative, and its related immersion programs, is to provide Delaware students with an advantage by ensuring that they learn a second language. Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy and Xavier Gisbert, Spain's Counselor of Education for the United States and Canada, also signed an agreement allowing schools in Delaware to apply to have a teacher from Spain join their staff to be part of the immersion programs introduced by Gov. Markell. Delaware's goal is to establish 20 immersion programs serving 10,000 students by 2015, and the state is currently on track to meet this goal.
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