2Why Dual Language? Cognitive Benefits Academic Benefits 1) Brain researchers have found many benefits to being bilingual. Bilingual kids are better at solving certain types of problems, planning, and are better able to maintain their focus. Schooling in two languages leads to enhanced creativity and analytical thinking.2) Students not only achieve at levels that are similar to or higher than those of their peers enrolled in other programs on standardized tests of reading and math in English, but in addition they are able to read and write at grade level in another language. This in turn positively affects general academic performance.Native English speaks who are already on grade level can exceed the achievement of their monolingually educated peers. Native English speakers who are lagging behind academically receive the accelerated instruction they need to “catch up” academically.For English Language learners, academic achievement in dual language settings is higher than that of their peers in ESL and transitional bilingual programs (see next slide).ALL STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM CHALLENGING, ACCELERATED, ADDITIVE LINGUISTIC INSTRUCTION.
3-Studied over 700,000 student records from 1982-1996. -NCE = normal curve equivalent (way of standardizing test scores on a scale). NCE of 50 is equivalent to performing on grade level.-Thomas &Collier found that ELLs in well-implemented one-way and two-way bilingual classes outperform their counterparts being schooled in well-implemented monolingual classes, as they reach the upper grades of elementary school.
4More benefits… Social and cultural benefits Higher graduation rates Enhanced job opportunities- Dual language programs develop very positive cross cultural attitudes about students of other backgrounds, and positive attitudes toward themselves as learners.Dual language students show a great deal of diversity in the friendship choices that they make, and that the dual language educational experience produces students who became comfortable with speaking the second language and interacting with members of other ethnocultural groups.Students in DL programs become more self-confident because they are better prepared to engage in a global society that values multiculturalism and bilingualism.--Research shows that there are fewer high school drop-outs from dual language programs than from other programs. Also, most dual language students expect to attend college. Thus, not only do dual language programs appear to improve academic performance but they may also enhance job opportunities in the future.
5Our DL Vision and GoalsThe dual language program at Brooklyn Arbor strives for excellence in academics while promoting bilingual proficiency for all students.Students will develop essential multilingual and multicultural skills within an inclusive and supportive community that encourages parent involvement.Dual language at Brooklyn Arbor is an additive, enriching experience for students, staff and parents.DL at BA is an additive, enriching experience for students, staff and parents.
6Our Dual Language Model Kindergarten - Grade 550% of instruction in English; 50% of instruction in Spanish. This is a simultaneous model of bilingual education. Students learn to read in both languages at the same time.At the current time we have a K and 1st grade DL class. The program will grow each year until we have a DL class in each grade K-5, and perhaps PK-5.
7Language Allocation: Alternating full-day This year we are going to experiment with full days of instruction in each language. Over a two week period students will receive five full days of instruction in Spanish and five full days of instruction in English.
8At Brooklyn Arbor our dual language program is considered two-way immersion because two groups of students are learning two languages. Students use each other as language models.Classes consist of English proficient students (SSLs) and Spanish dominant students (ELLs).
9Estudio de palabras (Estrellita) Taller de lectura Taller de escritura HORARIOReunion de la mañanaEstudio de palabras (Estrellita)Taller de lecturaTaller de escrituraLectura en voz altaEscritura y lectura compartida o interactivaJuego/Desarrollo de LenguajeMatemáticasEnriquecimiento (PREP)Ciencias/Estudios SocialesSCHEDULEMorning MeetingWord Study (Wilson)Reader’s WorkshopWriter’s WorkshopRead aloudShared or interactive writing and readingPlay/Language DevelopmentMathEnrichment (PREP)Science/Social StudiesCurriculum is the same as in non-dual language classrooms, however word work sequence is altered.
10Supporting Second Language Learning at Home:. listen to music Supporting Second Language Learning at Home: *listen to music *educational tv programs *bilingual books *apps for ipads and iphones *label the environment with vocabulary words and make an attempt to use second language whenever possible
11Resources to Take Home Estrellita initial sound packet Sonidos iniciales chartCDDictionary (K students)Flashcards (All students)