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02-04-2013, 10:55 AM
From DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130204/park-slope/ps-10-parents-push-for-spanish-dual-language-program) by Leslie Albrecht:

When Park Slope mom Patty Onderko's son Nate hears people speaking Spanish on the street, he peppers her with questions.

"He doesn't want to be left out of anything," Onderko said. "He hears people speaking Spanish and he wants to know what they're saying."

Onderko does what she can to interpret with her high school Spanish, but she's hoping that soon 5-year-old Nate will be able to do his own translating.

Onderko is one of dozens of parents at P.S. 10 in the South Slope who are pushing the school to start a dual language Spanish program.

The increasingly popular programs aim to make students bilingual and biliterate by teaching them all of their subjects even science and social studies in both Spanish and English. Dual language classes must include equal numbers of native Spanish speakers who are learning English, and English speakers learning a second language.

"To introduce a child to a second language at 12 or 13 years old is an antiquated idea at this point," said Cara Tabachnik, a future P.S. 10 parent who's helping to organize the dual language effort.

"Language development really comes naturally when a child is 5 or 6," Tabachnik said. "Parents, especially parents who live in Park Slope, really recognize that. For our children to compete in the global economy, even though English is the global language, they still need to have the ability to speak at least one other language."

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