DUAL LANGUAGE SPANISH IMMERSION SCHOOL
Spanish Language Immersion is a technique used in bilingual education for English speaking students seeking to acquire a second language.
At Birdwell, the Spanish language is used purposefully for instruction in specific content areas as well as to develop the oral and written Spanish language.
It is grounded in language acquisition research in which children who are constantly immersed into Spanish from an early age can easily acquire the ability to listen, speak, read, write and think in Spanish.
A typical Immersion classroom would have 1/2 native Spanish-speaking students and 1/2 native English-speaking students.
In our Dual Language program, students whose native language is Spanish, utilize Spanish in the learning environment to facilitate the learning of the knowledge and skills across all subject areas.
Goals of the Dual Language program:
- High linguistic proficiency in two languages
- High academic proficiency in two languages
- Positive cross-cultural attitudes: biculturalism
- Language, Literacy & Learning
Language skills are tightly connected to learning literacy. Strong language skills produce proficient readers and writers. We strive daily to instill in our students the ability to talk in complete sentences, increase vocabulary, understand grammatical structures, increase academic content based language, and speak fluently an with clarity.
Literacy skills involve listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking. To produce fluent readers and writers we include systematic, and explicit instruction in phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, reading fluency, comprehension, grammar and writing. Learning skills include critical and creative thinking, communicating and collaborating.
Advantages of Spanish Immersion & Dual Language Model:
- High academic and linguistic proficiency in two languages
- Embedded gifted and talented instruction
- Stronger long-term achievement in middle and high school
- Multi-cultural, rigorous school learning environment
We are a community school focused on helping all kids from every background succeed to become life-long learners.