Dual Language Program Information
What is a Dual Language Program?
- Dual Language or Two-Way-Immersion (TWI) Programs are those in which two languages are used for instruction - English and another language.
- The program adheres to the State’s high expectations and standards for all students.
- The program incorporates English speaking students with students whose native language is other than English.
- The program offers a school within school approach to second language acquisition education.
- It is suggested students start the program in Kindergarten or first grade. Students who participate in the program will continue in the next grade level.
Benefits of a Dual Language Program
- Helps students meet the demands of today's global society and economic opportunities.
- Prepares students for college and career readiness.
- Develops higher order thinking skills as they learn a second language.
- Students benefit from cognitive advantages with development of bilingual and biliteracy.
Standards and Non-Negotiables
To ensure the expected academic achievement, it is necessary to adhere to the following non-negotiable expectations for the program.
- A minimum of 1½ to 2½ hours of daily instruction in the target language.
- The team or co-teaching model in order to ensure strategic separation of the languages on the part of the instructors - no translation.
- Programmatic, curricular, and instructional decisions based on research.
- All efforts will be made to serve an equal number of native English speakers as well as ELLs in Dual Language schools.
- All participating schools will adhere to the time and content framework.
- Dual Language teachers will attend the required professional development and will participate in periodic curriculum training.
Students in the dual language program are on a Pathway to Biliteracy with the goal of attaining the Florida State Seal of Biliteracy at graduation.