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Going beyond 'bonjour' and 'como estas' for students

Posted by Ralph Ranalli June 5, 2007 12:30 PM

WESTBOROUGH

Should Mandarin should be added to the curriculum in the Westborough public schools?

That will be one of the questions studied by a newly-created foreign language task force.

The task force will evaluate the districts needs to determine whether French and Spanish should continue to be taught at the middle and high school levels and if other languages should be added, Superintendent Anne Towle said. In addition to Mandarin, there has been talk about adding German and Portuguese.

Also under consideration would be a program in the elementary schools that pair English speaking students with those who are fluent in another language, Towle said. The program, which is already in place in Framingham and Holliston, attempts to help both students gain greater knowledge and understanding of the otherís culture and language.

The task force will begin in the fall and expects to have recommendation by January.

- Jennifer Rosinski

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