What is Dual Language Immersion?
Dual language immersion is a method of teaching a second language in which the learners' second language is used to teach subjects in the classroom. The goal is to develop bilingualism, biliteracy, academic achievement, and cross-cultural competencies for students who participate.
What Are the Proven Benefits of Dual Language Immersion?
- There is much research surrounding the benefits of dual immersion programs and the benefits of learning a second language at a young age.
- Second Language Skills - Early dual language immersion takes advantage of the children's capacity to learn language more quickly.
- Enhanced Cognitive Skills - Students in bilingual programs have been found to have better mental flexibility, better conceptualization, better executive functioning skills and more diversified mental abilities.
- Enhanced Test Scores - Dual language students person as well as or better than non-immersion students on standardized test scores given in English.
- Increased Cultural Sensitivity - Dual language immersion students are more aware of and show more positive attitudes toward others cultures and are more appreciative of other people.
- Long Term Benefits - Dual language immersion students are better prepared for working in a global community and are more desirable in the job market.
What does our Dual Language Immersion offer?
- Teacher has a CDA (Childhood Development Credential) and speaks fluent Spanish.
- A full day program, 8:45 - 2:00; lunch is included.
- 1:12 teacher-to-student ratio.
- 50% of their day is taught in Spanish and 50% of their day is taught in English.
- During the English-speaking part of the day, the teacher will teach English Language Arts (reading, writing, and spelling), math, science, and social studies to ensure understanding. During the Spanish-speaking part of the day, the teacher will teach Spanish literacy and will reteach the math, science, and social studies concepts again in Spanish.
- During the Spanish-speaking part of the day, the teacher will only speak in Spanish and will only answer students in Spanish as well. The teacher will communicate through pictures, songs, games, body language, and expressions to help students comprehend what is being said.
- The classroom is designed with clear focus areas, called centers, that offer a variety of activities.
- Social skills are modeled by the teacher and practiced by the students throughout the day.
- Children learn to understand their feelings and interact with their peers.
- Outside play is a priority. It promotes exercising, socializing, sharing, taking turns, cooperating and problem-solving.
- Bus Transportation is provided for students in the district and for most outside of WCS district.
- It is a paid-tuition preschool.
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