Dual Language Program

  • Goal of the Program

    The dual language program offers a school within school approach to second language acquisition education.   The goal of the program is to provide students with the opportunity to become fully bilingual by learning, listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in English and the target language.  It is suggested that students start participating in the program in Kindergarten.  Students who participate in the program will continue in the program at the next grade level the following year. 

    Benefits of a Dual Language Program

    • Students need to meet the demands of today’s global society and economic opportunities.
    • Prepares students for college and career readiness.
    • Develops higher-order thinking skills as students learn a second language.
    • Knowledge learned through one language facilitates acquisition of the second language.
    • Responds to parental desire for dual language programs.
    • Students’ benefit from cognitive advantages associated with second language acquisition.
    • Promotes multicultural awareness and appreciation for other languages and cultures.

    Language Acquisition

    • Language is acquired in a sequential and spiral form.  The earlier the student is taught a second language, the better their opportunity to become fully bilingual.
    • Research shows that it takes five to seven years to acquire academic language. If the student starts learning a second language in high school, it is often too late to become bilingual.
    • The knowledge and skills acquired in one language are transferred to the second language.
    • Promotes parental choice in their child’s education.

    Description of the Program

    The BCPS Dual Language Program will begin in Kindergarten or First Grade. Students who participate in the program will continue at the next grade level the following year.  Students will learn the second language in context.  Language Arts, Social Studies, and Math are taught in English and Spanish.

     

    Helpful Resources

    Reading and Phonics

    StoryPlace - The Children's Digital Library - Stories in English and Spanish

    Colorín Colorado - Reading tips in English and Spanish

    The Literacy Center Education Network - Literacy lessons in English, Spanish, German & French

    Tumblebooks -Read-Watch-Learn! - Animated books in English and French

    Starfall - Learn to Read with Phonics - Reading resources in English

    Coloring, Arts & Crafts, Manipulatives, Lesson Plans and Activities

    Education PlacePre-K-8 educational resources - Web organizers in English and Spanish

    First-School - Preschool activities and crafts in English, Spanish,. French, Deutsch, and Italian

    NASA's Space Place - Games, projects and animations 

    Coloring Pages for Kids - Coloring, games and puzzles

    Kids R Crafty - Activity sheets in English and Spanish

    Making Learning Fun – Free printables

    DLTK's Crafts for Kids - Printable children's crafts, coloring pages and activities

    Handwriting Worksheets - Custom handwriting worksheets

    Salón Hogar - Alphabet and activities in Spanish