Herod’s Dual Language Program began in 1993. It’s a Bilingual Program model whereby an equal combination of English Language Learners (ELL) and fluent English speaking students are taught together to develop full bilingualism and bi-literacy for both groups. The program is designed to teach children a second language in a natural way through subject content instruction and every day classroom conversation.
Each classroom is guided by a teacher who holds bilingual certification. Content instruction is presented through integrated thematic units. Other teaching techniques include cooperative learning, natural approach to second language acquisition, sheltered instruction, and activity-based small group instruction.
All participating students receive instruction in language arts and content subjects primarily in Spanish in the early grades (K-4), and gradually increase their English instruction until reaching a level of proficiency in both languages that leads to a 50% Spanish/ 50% English curriculum in grades 4-5.
Dual Language students at Herod will develop fluency and literacy in Spanish and English, achieve proficiency in all academic subjects, meeting or exceeding district guidelines, and acquire an understanding and appreciation of other cultures.