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Dual Language Immersion

Definition

A 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 works


Each 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.  
 
Grade 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

 
  • 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.

 

Dual Immersion Schools