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Local schools promote foreign language program
Scholarships would allow students to attend immersive camps
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Hall County school officials approved spending up to $5,000 in needs and merit scholarships to help students who qualify for the Federal Service Language Academy at the University of North Georgia.

The three-week summer course allows students learning a strategic foreign language — Arabic, Chinese, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese or Russian — to immerse themselves in the language in a camp setting through interactive learning that incorporates games, song and dance.

UNG will hold two summer sessions, June 11-30 and July 9-28. The cost per session is $1,895.

The program is designed for rising sophomore, junior or senior high school students exploring federal government careers or in pursuing studies in international affairs. 

On Monday, the school board unanimously agreed to make available up to $5,000 in need and/or merit scholarships for the FSLA program.

Hall School Superintendent called the program an “incredible opportunity.”

“It is consistent with our belief in supporting a significant percentage of our students becoming multilingual prior to high school graduation,” Schofield said.

Schofield said Hall students have participated in FSLA in past years and school officials hope that the scholarship funding will create even more opportunities.

Sarah Bell, chief academic officer for Gainesville schools, said that foreign language teachers and counselors at Gainesville High School make their students aware of the FSLA program.

This is a wonderful program,” Bell said.