Dual Language and Immersion Programs
One of the greatest gifts you can give your child is the gift of multiple languages.
- Bilingualism increases brain cognition by utilizing the highest levels of thinking, focus, and awareness.
- Bilingual children who are educated in their second language have been seen to outperform single language children in their native language.
- Bilingual and dual-language programs are one way to help children become bilingual or to maintain their languages.
Dual Language Programs
Two-way dual language programs Students in the program speak two different native languages and instruction is in both of these languages.
How does it work?
Students learn to read first in their dominant language then they have equal Language Arts blocks in Spanish and English. Math is in English and Social Studies and Science are in Spanish. In two-way dual language programs, interacting daily with students who are native speakers of the target language helps increase fluency and comprehension.
Language immersion Programs
Dual Language Program
We offer dual language programs at seven schools throughout the district. Our Dual Language Academy is a two-way language program comprising 50% Spanish dominant students and 50% English dominant students.
Students enrolled in our one-way dual language programs at Springdale, Sequoyah, Kendall Whittier and Skelly are 100% Spanish dominant and are taught in Spanish as they work toward becoming fluent in English.
Tulsa Public Schools is also home to two immersion schools focused on providing students learning content in different languages. Students at Zarrow International School has programming taught entirely in Spanish while Eisenhower International offers immersion programs in both Spanish and French.
We use the Gomez and Gomez Dual Language Enrichment model in all dual language schools. Students learn to read first in their dominant language (pre-K - 1st) then they have equal language arts blocks in Spanish and English. Math is in English (pre-K - 5th) and Social Studies and Science are in Spanish (pre-K - 5th).
|Content Area||Pre-K - 1st||2nd-5th||Time|
|Reading/Language Arts||Native Language||Spanish & English||90-120 minutes|
|Social Studies||Spanish||Spanish||45 minutes|
Why the Dual Language Immersion Approach Will Change Achievement in American Schools by American Councils for International Education
Dual Language Academy
Two-Way Program Design:
- The two-way dual language program includes approximately equal numbers of students who are monolingual or dominant in English at the time of enrollment and students who are monolingual or dominant in the partner language at the time of enrollment. There may also be students who have proficiency in both languages at the time of enrollment.
- Teachers engage students in active participation activities requiring responses in the target languages. Hands-on classroom projects provide additional opportunities for students to use the target language. Teachers use a reciprocal-interactive approach and cooperative learning techniques to encourage students to interact with one another in the second languages.
- Through bilingual pair activities and bilingual centers, students will develop academic vocabulary in all core subjects in both languages. All students receive instruction in music, p.e. and art. These “specials” are taught in English.
Dual Language Academy creates the opportunity for all children to be bilingual and creates endless opportunities for new experiences. Proud Parent
One way program (Neighborhood Schools)
- Kendall Whittier
The one way dual language programs in Tulsa Public Schools are geared toward students that predominately speak Spanish at home. Our goal is for all students to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural by 5th grade. In other words, students will read, write, and relate well with others in both languages. Research shows that English Learner students in the dual language program achieve higher test scores than students in English only classrooms. Through this program, students are able to strengthen and build upon their home language while also developing their English.
My friends and relatives often compliment me on how well my children communicate in Spanish. Proud parent
The dual language program was not around when my daughter started school. She does not read or write in Spanish and prefers to speak mostly in English. But after years in the dual language program, my son is able to read documents in both languages and communicates very well to all of our family members. He helps me so much and I'm really proud of that. Proud parent
Language Full Immersion
Language immersion is the an effective method for developing second-language ability with young learners in a school environment. Immersion refers to one-way dual language programs whose students are all monolingual or dominant in English at the time of enrollment.
The process of “immersing” students in another language for classroom learning allows students to naturally learn the target language. Teachers for immersion classrooms are either native speakers of the target language, or demonstrate near-native proficiency. Since students begin the process at an early age (5 or 6), their brains are physiologically primed for language learning. Students learn the second language proficiently and with a near-native accent.
Is Language Immersion Right for My Child by Heather Singmaster
At Eisenhower International, students participate in either French or Spanish immersion. They begin the process with a full-day kindergarten program that exposes students to all of the required kindergarten learning objectives in one of the two "target languages". This full immersion approach continues until the mid-point of second grade, at which time English reading/language arts is introduced into the curriculum for about an hour each day. The English portion of the curriculum is gradually increased in third grade, and reaches a 50/50 balance in grade five.
Creating responsible, global citizens through language immersion and international exchanges.
|Content Area||K - 2nd grade||3th - 4th grade||5th grade|
|Reading/Language Arts||French or Spanish / English is introduced midway in 2nd grade||90% French or Spanish / 10% English||50% French or Spanish & 50% English|
|Math, Science, & Social Studies||French or Spanish||
90% French or Spanish / 10% English
|50% French or Spanish & 50% English|
At Zarrow International School, students participate in Spanish immersion. They begin the process with a full-day kindergarten program that exposes students to all of the required kindergarten learning objectives in Spanish. This full immersion approach continues until the mid-point of second grade, at which time English reading/language arts is introduced into the curriculum for about an hour each day. The English portion of the curriculum is gradually increased in third grade, and reaches a 50/50 balance in grade five.
We will provide and assist each student with a well-rounded and differentiated education that is centered around the immersion of the Spanish language and cultures to prepare them for a more global society.
Bilingual learners receiving accelerated learning through their two languages develop socioculturally, linguistically, cognitively, and academically through each language. Thomas W.P. & Collier V.P.
- Read with your child everyday in the language(s) you are most comfortable with.
- Share family stories with your child.
- Encourage your child to write at home (grocery lists, letters, etc.).
- The more you are able to build up your child’s first language, the better they will perform academically in their second language.
Dual-Language Programs Boost Student Achievement in English, Study Finds
By Corey Mitchell