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A Chinese immersion school may become a first in Boston

Language immersion programs have become increasingly popular in cities
and towns across the country.  If approved by the Massachusetts
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the Boston
Chinese Immersion Charter School (BCICS) will launch in the Fall of 2011
and become Boston’s first Chinese immersion school program.

Language immersion programs are not a new concept; they were first
introduced in 1965 in Montreal, Canada to provide English-speaking
students living in a predominantly francophone province of Quebec with
the opportunity to learn French.  According to the Center for Applied
Linguistics, “children who learn a second language are more creative and
better at solving complex problems than those who do not…Knowing a
second language also gives people a competitive advantage in the
workforce. These are some of the compelling reasons for parents to
encourage the development of a second (or third) language with their
children.” Chinese immersion schools have been well established in New
York and on the West Coast, in San Francisco and Portland, Oregon.