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Beginning in Fall 2017, Utah State Office of Education is offering an opportunity to begin a state Russian Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program, starting with 1st grade.  One of the goals of the state DLI program is to develop students who are biliterate, bilingual, and bicultural as they learn and develop skills in other content areas. Research shows students enrolled in state DLI programs do as well as or better than students who are not enrolled in the DLI program. Russian has been identified as a critical language by the Department of Defense, and receives additional funding to support teachers and student programs through STARTALK grants. More than 270 million people speak Russian world-wide, and the Russian economy is ranked in the top ten for entrepreneurship. Salt Lake City is home to more than 30,000 Russian speakers and Utah cities enjoy several Sister City connections with Russian cities. USOE was awarded a STARTALK grant to train Russian teachers in immersion and to offer the first ever Russian student summer camp in Tooele and at the University of Utah.