The Dual Language Program is both an additive bilingual program for Spanish-speaking students and a foreign language immersion program for English-speaking students. In Two-Way classrooms, a combination of native Spanish speakers and native English speakers are taught together in an effort to develop full bilingualism and bi-literacy for both groups of students.
All participating students receive instruction in language arts and content subjects primarily in Spanish in the early grades (K-2) with a grade specific amount of English as a Second Language/English Language Development instruction incorporated daily. English instruction is gradually increased through the grade levels (K-2) and by third grade instruction is presented in a 50% Spanish/50% English format. In grade five, instruction is delivered through a 50% Spanish/50% English mix. In grades 4-5 the language of instruction is determined by content area. In fourth grade language arts, reading and mathematics are taught in Spanish and Science, Social Studies, and English literature are taught in English. In fifth grade language arts, reading, mathematics, and science and taught in English and Social Studies and Spanish literature are taught in Spanish. ELLs, who meet exit criteria anytime in this program, are reclassified as non-LEP, but remain in the program with parent permission.
At the secondary level (Middle School/High School) students participating in the program typically take two-three classes in Spanish. (1-2 content area classes and an advanced level Spanish Foreign Language course). Two-Way students typically take both high school credit Spanish Language courses in Middle School and the Spanish Language AP test at 8thGrade. At the High School level, these students take Spanish AP 4/5 courses testing on the Spanish Literature AP test at either 11thor 12thgrade. In addition, these students often add a third language at the high school level.
Goals & Benefits
All Dual Language students will:
- Achieve academically in all content areas
- Develop bilingual and biliterate linguistic and literacy proficiencies in English and Spanish
- Develop a multicultural perspective
Houston ISD currently has twenty-six Elementaries, two Middle Schools, two K-8 Academies, and one High School Dual Language Program. Please contact the Multilingual Education Department (713-556-6961) for more information concerning this program option.