Dual Language Program
The PS/IS 180 Dual Language program started in the 2013-2014 year in Kindergarten. The program will grow each year to eventually encompass grades K-5. One out of the three (or four) classes will be Dual Language (English/Spanish). Children will have the opportunity to be bilingual and biliterate.
What is Dual Language?
Dual language (DL) is a philosophy and form of education in which students are taught literacy and content in two languages. Beginning in the lower grades, students will receive instruction in English for half of the day, and will receive instruction in Spanish for the other half. There are many benefits for students that participate in a Dual Language Program
- bilingualism - the ability to speak fluently in two languages
- biliteracy - the ability to read and write in two languages
- academic achievement - research shows that students in DL programs score equal to or higher than their non-DL peers
- cross-cultural competence - cultural awareness and relations are improved
What the Research Says:
Both native English speakers and English Language Learners (ELLs) demonstrate tremendous growth from instruction in Dual Language classrooms.
- Scientific-based research shows that ELLs who received instruction in dual language classrooms caught up or surpassed their ELL and English-only peers that were educated in English-only classrooms.
- English speakers score equal to or higher than their non-dual language peers on standardized Math and English Language Arts tests.
- Both English Language Learners and native English speakers develop a positive sense of self and increased appreciation of cultures.