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Dual-Language Programs

Korean and Spanish Dual Language Programs

Program Overview

  • Dual language programs (also known as two-way immersion programs) allow English learners and English proficient students to receive instruction in English and a target language in the same classroom to develop academic proficiency in both languages beginning in kindergarten for a minimum of six years. The District currently offers students at selected schools the option of participating in a Spanish/English, Korean/English, or a Mandarin/English dual language program.

Program Goals

  • Develop communicative and academic second language proficiency
  • Develop primary language proficiency
  • Develop academic achievement in all subject areas
  • Instill an appreciation for cultural diversity

Key Features

  • Both English learners and English proficient students are mixed in the same classroom to promote bilingualism, biliteracy, and multiculturalism
  • Students are held to the same high academic standards
  • No mixing of languages - language of instruction is separated
  • Heterogeneous and homogeneous grouping strategies are used to promote language development and develop literacy skills in English and the target language

Instructional Strategies

  • Specially designed academic instruction in English/target language (SDAIE/T)
  • Sheltering techniques
  • Scaffolding strategies
  • Cooperative learning
  • Communicative and natural approach
  • Thematic planning
  • Student-centered