DefinitionA dual language program allows students from two different language backgrounds to receive academic instruction in two languages--English and Spanish. The goal is to develop literacy in both languages. This program began at East during the 2009-10 school year and has expanded to K-5 making up 50% of our classrooms school-wide.How it worksEach of the dual-language classrooms is comprised of approximately half Spanish-speaking and half English-speaking students. For the first year, approximately 90 percent of the curriculum (reading, writing, math, science, social studies) is taught in Spanish and 10% in English. In the grades following kindergarten, students follow an A/B rotation each day. On A Day the students receive all core academic instruction in Spanish and on B Day the students receive all core academic instruction in English. This results in approximately a 50/50 split of English and Spanish instruction. In the grades following kindergarten, students follow an A/B rotation each day.
Spanish English Kindergarten 90% 10% 1st grade 50% 50% 2nd grade 50% 50% 3rd grade 50% 50% 4th grade 50% 50% 5th grade 50% 50%Benefits
Partnership with Splash!East Elementary has partnered with Splash!, a language immersion organization, to help start and implement a successful program. Click here for more information about Splash!If you have questions, please contact Amy Rhyne, firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-872-9541.
- Research shows that students in dual language programs develop strong academic skills in addition to becoming proficient in both languages.
- Bilingual students have the opportunity to develop a deeper level of proficiency in both English and Spanish.
- Acquiring a second language enhances cognitive development and problem-solving skills.
- Bilingual students gain a competitive edge in the workforce and an appreciation of other cultures.