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Transitional Kindergarten- Kindergarten – 1st Grade – 2nd Grade
Dual Language Immersion English / Spanish Program
WHAT IS DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION?
Saint Paul Dual Language Academy is proud to teach Dual Language Immersion in Spanish and English. In Dual Language Immersion, students spend half the day learning in English and half the day learning in Spanish. By being taught not just language fundamentals but academic subjects, gain both languages while not losing a step in their studies. The goals of dual language immersion are bilingualism, biliteracy and biculturalism.
In 2018-19, the Dual Language Immersion program encompasses Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten and 1st grade. In 2019-20 the program will encompass TK, K, 1st and 2nd grade. Interest from native Spanish speaking families as well as non-native speakers of the language has been overwhelmingly positive. They will equally learn to embrace differences because this model celebrates cultural and language.
BENEFITS OF DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION
- Language proficiency in both English and Spanish
- Improved communication ability
- Enhanced listening skills
- Exceed performance standards of solo language learners
- Increased problem solving skills
- Greater cultural appreciation
- More prepared for global culture and market
DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION FAQ
What happens in a Dual Language Immersion (DLI) classroom?
Language is the vehicle for instruction in immersion classrooms. 50% of the day, the language of instruction is a partner language and the other half is English. Students speak, read, write, do math, experiments, singing, etc in the partner language. The teachers still follow the state standards and common core curriculum.
Do Dual Language Immersion students meet academic standards?
Immersion students attain the same level of competence not only in language skill but in standard subjects as well. Furthermore, Immersion students develop the critical thinking needed to exceed standards much earlier than their peers.
How does Dual Language Immersion differ from standard language learning programs?
The key aspect of Dual Immersion is that students do not just learn a language but learn to think in that language. While in the second language classroom, the students receive a higher level of exposure to the language. The learning takes place in a different cultural environment, so everyday learning takes place as if the student was in another country. Thus, the student’s language becomes not just functional but second nature.
What are the goals for the program?
The goals of Dual Language Immersion are bilingualism, biliteracy and biculturalism. In other words, by the time students graduate from our schools they will be able to listen, speak, read, write and learn academic content in both languages. They will equally learn to embrace differences because this model celebrates exactly this, cultural and language.
Will learning Spanish interfere with my child’s ability to learn English?
No. Research shows that students who acquire advanced levels of proficiency in two languages often experience cognitive and linguistic advantages when compared to monolingual students. Language Immersion students perform better on tasks that require divergent thinking, pattern recognition, and problem solving, and have enhanced levels of metalinguistic awareness.
How long until my child is fluent in a second language?
Research states that it takes between 5 and 10 years to become fluent. The amount of time it takes for a student to be fully fluent will depend on the student’s learning patterns, parental involvement and dedication, learning environment and learning capacity. Our teachers will work with every student to ensure that they are learning at their optimum level.
Does Dual Language Immersion work for a wide range of learners?
Immersion programs serve students of all backgrounds and levels of academic ability. Academic challenges do not preclude students from success in immersion and they achieve higher levels of proficiency in their second language.