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Dual Language Immersion in Springfield
Springfield Public Schools began its first dual language immersion program, in English and Spanish, during the 2014-2015 school year. With the start of the 2017-2018 school year, the program has now advanced to third grade. Dual language immersion gives students of both languages the opportunity to become fluent in a second language — much more so than simply a separate foreign language class. It also helps students better understand their native language and strengthens literacy, communication and critical thinking — the key skills for academic success.
What is dual language immersion?
Dual language immersion means that students are learning in both English and Spanish throughout the school day. The curriculum is the same as in other classrooms, but students have the opportunity to learn how to read, write, listen, and speak in two languages.
What does a dual language immersion program look like?
Dual language immersion is offered as a program option within a school. Core content is taught in English for half of the day and in Spanish the other half (50/50 two-way immersion model). Each year, the program will advance a grade with the goal of creating a K-5 program.
How does it help kids learn?
Research has shown that multiple beneﬁts exist for young students who acquire a second language, including:
Are all students at the host school required to participate?
No. This is a voluntary program for interested students and families. Although it is our goal to create classrooms with a balance of native English and Spanish speakers, it is not a requirement of the program. Currently, the program is being housed at Guy Lee Elementary.
How can I learn more?
Families are welcome to join us for Guy Lee Elementary's Kindergarten Orientation and Registration night (March 7, 5:30 p.m.) to learn more about dual language immersion.
How do I sign up my child?
Contact Guy Lee Elementary School at 541-744-6391 for more information.