Muticultural children

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

SpanishEnglish
Kindergarten      90%            10%
1st grade50%50%
2nd grade50%50%
3rd grade50%50%
4th grade50%50%
5th grade50%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.
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, arhyne@iss.k12.nc.us or 704-872-9541.
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