A guide to second language education

Learning a second language is increasingly important in today's world. Is a second language program or school right for your child?
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There are two types of schools that teach foreign language: bilingual and dual language immersion programs. Learn about the different paths of bilingual education for English language learners (ELL) and why immersion programs can be beneficial.

Learn more about second language programs and schools:

Translating language-based schools

Why learn a second language?

Bilingual education: overview and online resources

Learning a second language: how parents can help

Helping English language learnings who struggle in school

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