Tu Thanh Dinh, a first grade teacher at White Center Heights Elementary in Burien, leads a lesson to his first grade students in their Vietnamese immersion language class. (Photo by Ellen Banner / The Seattle Times)

Inslee signs bill to expand dual language education

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill earlier this week that will expand funding for dual-language education in Washington state K-12 schools.
May 9, 2017

Seattle World School gears up for move to permanent home

In September, the students of Seattle World School — a school of nearly 300 immigrant students grades six through 12 — will open their doors to a new home.
Jul 14, 2016
There is a lack of language programs for public school students in the international community. Students can study Spanish, French and German but there are no East African languages and very few Asian languages despite the fact that we have many speakers from those regions. The White Center Heights dual langauge Vietnamese program is one exception. (Photo by Ellen Banner / The Seattle Times)

Vietnamese dual language program a big hit at White Center school

Educators behind a new Vietnamese-language immersion program at White Center Heights Elementary School hope to prove the power of dual-language learning.
Jan 30, 2015
Kindergarten Students at the French American School of Puget Sound, on Mercer Island, which has been offering bilingual education in French for almost 20 years. (Photo coutesy FASPS)

World-wise Northwest parents drive demand for bilingual preschools

From French to Spanish, Mandarin to Vietnamese, bilingual preschools are popping up all over the Seattle area. And they're not just popular with families with foreign roots.
Sep 2, 2014

Kids aren’t as dumb as you thought — Canadian researcher touts bilingual potential

Children are better at language acquisition than was once believed, according to a renowned Canadian psychology professor who gave a talk on Mercer Island last week. Fred Genesee, Professor Emeritus at McGill University in Montreal, has studied bilingualism among children extensively. With dozens of studies to his name, Genesee and his colleagues work to prove […]
May 5, 2014
Jia Yin Tan, 16, decided to the Seattle World School after two semesters at Franklin. (Photo by Valeria Koulikova)

New immigrant students find comfort at a school all their own

The Seattle World School provides a welcoming environment to new students from around the globe. But many struggle to move on to mainstream schools.
Nov 12, 2013

Five Reasons Washington Needs Dual Language Programs

Sponsor Post Want your kids to grow up bilingual? Check out Global Washington’s guide to dual language education in Washington state.
Aug 20, 2013