Dual Language

Dual Language
What is Dual Language?
The Dual Language Program is a form of bilingual education in which students are taught literacy and academic content in two languages. It offers a unique opportunity for students to excel academically and learn a second language. Dual language programs foster: 
  • bilingualism 
  • biliteracy 
  • enhanced awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity 
  • high levels of academic achievement through instruction in two languages
What are the benefits of the Dual Language program for students?
  • Students develop proficiency in two languages.
  • Students perform as well as or better than their peers in non-dual language classrooms.
  • All students develop a positive sense of self and multicultural competencies. 
  • Students also develop intercultural and global competence that prepares them to succeed in today’s increasingly competitive global society.
Language allocation by grade level: 
Grade Level % in Spanish % in English
Kindergarten 80% 20%
1st Grade 70% 30%
2nd Grade 60% 40%
3rd Grade - 6th grade 50% 50%
Our Dual Language Program serves Spanish-speaking English Language Learner students in grades PreK through sixth grade. In addition, Native-English speakers and English-dominant students are invited to participate in the Two-Way (TW) Dual Language Programs as an enrichment program.  In 2014-15, Otter Creek will have 2 sections of TW Dual Language in Kindergarten through 4th Grade.
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