Dual Language

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From Texas Standard:

In the latest installment of our monthly series, "Texan Translation," we examine the ways that English and Spanish combine to form what's known as Spanglish.

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From Texas Standard:

What's in a name? It turns out that question has relevance long after Shakespeare's time. In fact, it's at the center of a bill before the Texas Legislature this session.

 

Jon Shapley for KUT

New data from the education non-profit, E3 Alliance, shows that students who enter kindergarten and speak a language other than English are actually twice as likely to pass the third grade STAAR test.


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For nearly five million students in the U.S., English isn’t their first language. In Austin ISD, some of those students are sent to a special school for international students, a school where dozens of languages are spoken. There, the idea is to help the students learn English before sending them back to their neighborhood high school. But something else happens as well.


Austin Schools Respond to Asian Influx

Jun 13, 2013
KUT News

Asians and Asian-Americans will outnumber African-Americans in Austin over next several years, according to city estimates based on new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau. The Austin Independent School District, where students speak 86 languages, is working to accommodate changing demographics.

Photo by KUT News

Two more elementary schools will offer dual language programs in the Austin Independent School District this fall. Sunset Valley Elementary and Travis Heights Elementary will join Becker, Ridgetop, Perez and Wooten elementary schools. The program will be offered to Pre-K and first grade students only, and will expand as students age.

Photo by SSG Malcolm McClendon.

Wildfires Continue to Burn Near Fort Worth

Wildfires burning west of Fort Worth have destroyed nearly 150 homes and one church.  The Texas Forest Service says evacuations have been ordered near Possum Kingdom Lake, including the evacuation of a jail.  Two Texas Army National Guard Blackhawk Helicopters are among the resources being used.  These wildfires west of Fort Worth have burned nearly 150,000 acres.