Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Plainfield schools could introduce bilingual classes

This program would teach both languages to kids at the same time, they will do better in all their classes and life in general.    - - Donna Poisl

By Frank Vaisvilas

PLAINFIELD — Native English-speaking students and native Spanish speaking students could one day attend classes together in Plainfield learning in both languages as early as kindergarten.

It’s called a dual language program and officials argue that students who attend tend to do better academically.

“The idea is that the brain works harder to think and process and learn in two languages, therefore those kids are actually smarter than kids who know only one language,” said Tom Hernandez, director of community relations for Plainfield Consolidated Community School District 202.
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