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The number of students learning English is growing in Indiana, and schools are feeling the impact.

This week, Camila Fernandez, a News 8 reporter, talks about bilingual education and how some Indianapolis schools meet the cultural and linguistic needs of their students.

Across Indiana, there are approximately 78,000 students named English-speaking students who teach both English and Spanish. The number of English language learners in Indiana schools has increased by nearly 27,000 over the past six years.

INDIANAPOLIS (INDIA) – The desire for bilingual education is growing in Indiana, but some schools are realizing that there are not enough bilingual teachers in the state to meet their specific needs.

A global search is underway to hire bilingual teachers.

In 2016, the Global Prep Academy at Riverside 44 became the first charter school in Spain in Indiana. Since then, the school has seen a significant increase in the number of students wanting to learn to read and write in English and Spanish.

“Dual language is based on the concept that the ability to speak a language passes from one language to another,” said Lisette Gonzalez-Acosta, principal of the academy’s lower school.

Global Preparatory Academy at Riverside 44 not your typical school. Preschool K to 7th grade uses a 50:50 bilingual model, which means that students are taught 50% of the day in English and 50% in Spanish.

“Classes are written with an important dictionary that students need to know. Teachers don’t go forward with bilingual languages. They don’t translate. If you teach in Spanish, children are baptized in that language,” Gonzalez-Acosta said.

To make this possible, the school hires Spanish speakers from all over the world.

Jannelli Acosta was born in Venezuela but lived in Spain before moving to Indiana.

“It’s the most amazing experience I’ve had in my life, in my professional life and personally, because it’s a different country for us, for my family,” he said. Giannelli Acosta, a Spanish language teacher as a second language at the Global Prep Academy.

The school has teachers from 17 different Spanish-speaking countries. This year, four teachers were hired from Mexico.

“We believe we need a native speaker to cover the language, and that means staffing can be harder, but it’s definitely worth it,” said Mariama Shahid, founder and CEO of Global Prep Academy.

According to Shahid, they are with Indiana Globala non-profit organization, to find licensed teachers who can meet the five-year commitment.

“Every time students walk through the halls and they see people who look like them, who speak the same language and understand their culture, that game changes,” Shahid said.

The school says they hope to get a second building in three to four years.

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