Italian program flourishes at Ill. middle school

07/1/2013 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Starting with a $25,000 grant and 40 students more than 10 years ago, teacher Lisa Sasso has created a robust Italian language program with more than 120 students at South Middle School in Arlington Heights, Ill. While Spanish often is the go-to program for schools and students, Sasso says a strong academic program and solid feeder programs in local high schools have helped her succeed. "Good foreign language teachers can grow a very small language to a very popular language," said Linda Egnatz, a Spanish teacher and president of the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

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