Scottsdale to offer world language in elementary schools

The Scottsdale Unified School District is now at 7575 E. Main Street in downtown Scottsdale. (File photo)

The Scottsdale Unified School District is now at 7575 E. Main Street in downtown Scottsdale. (File photo)

The Scottsdale Unified School District has announced that it will begin teaching world language in its elementary schools.

“Studies have shown that bilingual students have higher academic achievement on standardized tests,” stated Julie Vazquez, SUSD world language academic coach, in a press release.

SUSD realizes the importance of ensuring that its students are prepared to meet future academic and industry demands.

“Students have the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Russian as well as more traditional foreign languages such as Spanish, French and Latin,” stated Jill Newburg, SUSD world language coordinator, in the release.

Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Russian are deemed strategic by the U.S. Department of State, as they are crucial to the economic, business, cultural and diplomatic relationships of the U.S. Mandarin Chinese and Russian are also deemed critical by the U.S. Department of Defense as they affect our national security on a daily basis.

“Due to the relative low supply of people highly proficient in these languages, there is a large demand for them across all employment sectors, including government, international banking and business, trade and tourism and industry,” stated Ms. Newburg in the release.

Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, Spanish will be added to the curriculum of the following SUSD elementary schools: Pima, Copper Ridge, Anasazi and Cherokee. Additionally, Desert Canyon Elementary will offer Mandarin Chinese.

“We hope to continue to increase foreign language choices at the high school and middle school levels as well as afford more opportunities for our elementary students to explore world languages,” stated Ms. Newburg in the release.

For more information regarding world language offerings at SUSD schools, visit worldlanguage.susd.org.

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