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Dual language school program expanding in Waterloo district

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A dual language immersion program is being expanded this coming fall in Waterloo.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that the program began in September with a French-English program at Lou Henry Elementary - believed to be the first French dual-language program in the state.

The school has become a main attendance center for families who came to Waterloo from Africa's Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the official language is French. In fall a kindergarten and a first-grade class will be taught in French for half a day and in English the other half.

A dual Spanish-English program will begin this fall at Highland Elementary. Other than English, more students speak Spanish as their native language than any of the other 40 or so languages spoken by Waterloo Community Schools' students.

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