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Dual Language Program

Meriwether Lewis plans on launching a world language program in French during the 2016-2017 school year.  We believe that by learning another language early in their academic careers, students will benefit academically and socially. 

We selected French as our core language for a variety of reasons:

  • French has the 6th highest number of speakers in the world.  There are currently between 220-300 million speakers and largely because of the growth in sub-Saharan Africa, that number is projected to increase to 750,000,000 by 2050.

  • French s one of the few languages that has a presence on every continent.

  • French trails only English as the most studied language in the world, and also in terms of the number of countries (29) that have adopted it as an official language.

  • French is an excellent language to use as a “gateway” to learning other languages in the future

For more information, please use the links below.

FAQ Sheet

Dual Language Learning and Cognitive Benefits

A French Revolution in U.S. Classrooms

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