Dual Language

DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM



Goals

Students will achieve or exceed Northside and Texas standards in all academic subjects.

Students will achieve high levels of literacy (written and oral) in both Spanish and English and be fluent in both languages by the end of the 5th grade.

Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of both cultures.


Instructional Program

Students from two language groups attend class together in an optimum 50:50 mix, learning from one another and supporting each other in the acquisition of a second language.

English speakers may enter the Dual Language program at the Kindergarten level. Spanish speakers may be admitted at any grade level, depending on their level of literacy in Spanish and their oral English proficiency.

  • Kindergarten and First Grade - Students receive instruction 90% in Spanish and 10% in English.
  • Second Grade - Students receive instruction 80% in Spanish and 20% in English. 
  • Third Grade - Students receive instruction 70% in Spanish and 30% in English. 
  • Fourth Grade - Students receive instruction 60% in Spanish and 40% in English. 
  • Fifth Grade - Students receive instruction 50% in Spanish and 50% in English. 

Key Components

•Commitment to the Program - Students and their families are expected to make a minimum six-year commitment to the Dual Language Program.

•Classroom Composition - The optimum classroom is composed of 50% English speakers and 50% Spanish speakers.

•Language Separation - Instructional delivery is monolingual at all times. Teachers do not use translation for comprehension.

•Bilingual Staff - Teachers possess native-like fluency and literacy in the target language. Bilingual instructional assistants and support staff serve as language role models.

•Parent Involvement - Parent involvement is an integral part of the program. Parents are expected to:
· Commit to being in the program for six years.
· Volunteer in activities to promote the program.
· Work with their child(ren) at home.
· Encourage the child(ren)'s second language learning efforts.
· Provide reading materials in two languages at home.
· Attend dual language functions. 


 Parent Liaison

The Parent Liaison is an essential component in the success of our Dual Language Program. Esparza has one Parent Liaison, who is paid with Title 1 money. The responsibilities for the parent liaison are:

*Coordinate parent involvement opportunities to include: campus volunteers and parent meetings and programs, etc.
*With the Social Worker, coordinate the scheduling of parenting classes and other educational activities as provided by Learning Tree and other community resources.
*Serve as contact person for the Dual Languate Program to provide information, answer questions, and coordinate school visitors.
*Work with classroom teachers and grade levels to plan and implement parent meetings.
*Facilitate the networking of parents in the Dual Language program to provide language support and encouragement.