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Columbia educators are considering plans for a dual-immersion language program.

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Foreign languages classes are highly encouraged for high school students in Missouri, and many colleges require them for admission. French, German, Spanish, Latin, Japanese and Chinese are all offered to students at Columbia Public Schools. KBIA’s Heather Adams explores how students pick the language they're going to learn.

How students choose their foreign language classes

Apr 29, 2014
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Participation in foreign languages classes is highly encouraged for high school students in Missouri, and many colleges require them for admission.

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The number of Missouri students taking foreign languages is on the rise – with enrollment in foreign language classes doubling over the past 20 years. But the increase isn’t being driven by education policy, finds KBIA’s Chris McDaniel in this report.