Did you know that almost every School District in the state of Texas offers a Dual Language program?
A Dual Language Program main goal is to integrate English Language Learners and English-speaking students for instruction in two languages, generally English and Spanish.
Different from transitional bilingual programs, where the aim is to transition students out of their native language, dual language helps students to maintain their primary language while a second language is added.
The Dual Language Program is also known as “two-way immersion”, “two-way bilingual”, “bilingual immersion”, and “dual-language immersion”. This program is part of the school districtâ€™s bilingual curriculum. Unfortunately, dual language is only available to a few select students. Some schools take applications of those who are interested in the dual language program and at times are selected through a lottery.
There is big advantage to speaking more than one language. Schools in Sweden begin at elementary school with English and by the time they reach 8th grade, they can speak English, French, Spanish, and German. They are now also adding Chinese to their curriculum in addition to their native Swedish.
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