School board to discuss cuts to immersion program - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

School board to discuss cuts to immersion program

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Calcasieu Parish School Board will be meeting on Thursday night to discuss school budget cuts as it will be facing a $17 million budget shortfall.

One of the proposals for bridging the gap is to cut 26 of the immersion teachers in the district.

The immersion program is a method of second language instruction during which regular curriculum is taught through the medium of the second language. For example, math and science classes may be taught in French half of the year and English the other half.

Immersion allows students to develop a high level of proficiency in the second language, whether French or Spanish.

According to David Cheramie with the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, French as a second language in Louisiana is obvious. He says much of the tourism industry is based on how the state markets its French heritage through music and cuisine.

Cheramie says, "The authenticity and continued creativity of our culture depends on the fact that there are still people in Louisiana who use and live French on a daily basis. Our ability to renew the source of our culture depends on our ability to teach our children French."

Make sure you watch later editions of 7 News and check kplctv.com for more on this story after the school board meets on Thursday evening.

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