Dual language immersion is a way to learn academic content while acquiring another language at the same time. Students receive math, science, or social studies instruction in a target language, such as Spanish or Chinese. Because of the teaching strategies used, the students learn the concepts and skills for the subject area and develop the ability to read, write, speak, and listen in another language.
The goals are for the students to develop literacy skills in both English and the target world language such as Spanish or Chinese while attaining academic achievement that is at or above their grade level as measured by Utah core testing.
Furthermore students will develop a world cultural sensitivity. We strive to prepare our district's students academically, linguistically and socially for the challenges and needs of our global community.
There are many benefits to raising a bilingual child. Bilingualism increases mental flexibility and gives students a better understanding of how language functions. Bilingual children often outperform monolingual children on verbal standardized tests. Additionally, bilingual children maintain a strong sense of their own identity while developing sensitivity towards other people and cultures.
Many students who learn a second language are more willing and able to learn a third language as well, giving those students a head start on college admissions and the competition for in-demand career opportunities.
Finally, research has shown that Dual Language Education programs are an extremely effective learning environment for English Language Learners who often outperform their peers who are in English-only classrooms when measured on standardized assessments in English (Thomas and Collier, 2005).