The Importance of Bilingual Education

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 | A Public Affair

On Wednesday March 20th, host Karma Chavez interviewed a panel of guests on the importance of bilingual education. She spoke with Rhea Vedro, a Duel Language Immersion Parent Liason at MMSD, Ananda Mirilli, a local parent and Siliva Romeo Johnson, from Nuestro Mundo School.

DLIAccording to an interview Vedro did with WKOW, “The Madison School District is encouraging the community to consider their dual language immersion program.

They held an info session for parents to learn more about the classes, which completely immerse elementary students in the Spanish and English languages.

‘In kindergarten, it’s 90 percent Spanish-10 percent English during the academic subjects, and then in 1st grade they’ll add 10 percent more English and in 2nd grade 10 percent more English,’ says Rhea Vedro, DLI Parent Liason at MMSD.

The goal is full academic and cultural literacy in both languages. The program is offered at six of Madison’s elementary schools. Parents have to apply for a lottery to be considered. The deadline is March 23.”

Learn more about the Duel Language Immersion Program:

Listen to the entire interview:

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