Hobby's Dual Language ProgramWilliam P. Hobby Elementary has started implementation of a school-wide dual language program this year with all PreK and Kindergarten classrooms. The Dual Language Program is both an additive bilingual program for Spanish-speaking students and 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, bi-literacy, and bi-culturalism, for both groups of students. At Hobby, we implement the 50/50 Dual Language model, which means that scholars receive 50% of instruction is in English and 50% of instruction in Spanish on a daily basis.
What Are the Characteristics of the Program ?
* An enriching bilingual enviroment that has full support of the school's administrators, teachers, and parents
* A minimum five-year commitment, but ideal from kindergarten through 12th grade
* Both English and Spanish speakers are instructed together
* Separation of the two languages, with teachers using the leguages of instruction
* A rigorous core academic curriculum that is aligned too state standardsWhat Are the Program Standards?* A minimum of 50 percent to a maximum of 80 percent of daily instruction in the non-English language* Equitable access to students, screening only for language to dominance* Strategic seperation of languages by the teacher -- no translation* An enrollment comitment from Kindergarten through fifth grade (Kindergarten through 12th grade is encouraged)* decisions on program, curriculum, and instruction based on research and best practices for English Language LearnersHobby students who participate in the 50/50 program model will receive 50% of their instruction in Spanish and 50% in English in grade levels, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. All students will receive initial literacy in Spanish and English. Key vocabulary terms and concepts will be taught through cross-linguistic connections to facilitate language transfer. Concepts and terms will not be simply retaught and/or translated the same way they were first taught. The strategic use of language by the students and teacher increases the development of full proficiency in both languages.
What Are the Goals of the ProgramPromoting Biliteracy*Development of fluency and literacy in English and Spanish for all students
*The intergration of native Engllish speakers and English Language Learners for academic instruction. Whenever possible, each campusprogram should have 50 percent of each.
* The promotion of bilingualism, biliteracy, academic achievement