Dual Language Program
- Promotes bilingualism, biliteracy, and biculturalism for participating students. Students begin the program in kindergarten and will be literate in reading, writing, and speaking in both English and Spanish by the end of 8th grade.
- The One-Way Dual Language Program is in the preschool and each of the elementary schools.
- The Two-Way Dual Language Program is currently housed at Gary School.
- Leman Middle School has expanded the One-Way Dual Language Program to seventh grade in 2020-2021. A strand of Two-Way Dual Language is in eighth grade this school year.
Dual Language Education is an educational approach to promote biliteracy for native English speakers and ELLs from Spanish speaking homes. The goal is to prepare students for the future with abilities to listen, speak, read, and write both English and Spanish, as well as develop an appreciation for different cultures. The Dual Language Program provides children with the opportunity to learn two languages, while maintaining high academic standards. The philosophy of West Chicago Elementary District 33's Dual Language program is to educate our students to become bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural in a global society. Ultimately, we want our students to achieve academic excellence in two languages and attain a multicultural understanding and appreciation for the different cultures represented in our community.
One-Way Dual Language supports “one language” of students to become bilingual, bicultural, and biliterate. For example, students whose home language is Spanish would learn in English and Spanish.
One-Way Dual Language Enrollment
The One-Way Dual Language Program is offered at all schools (Kindergarten-7th grade). The program will continue to expand through 8th grade at the middle school by the 2021-2022 school year. The student population of the one-way dual language classrooms are from families of Spanish-speaking, emergent bilinguals. Students whose primary language is Spanish and who did not select the dual language program at Gary school will have the opportunity to enroll in the One-Way Dual Language program at their neighborhood school. All instruction in Spanish and English is aligned with D33’s general educational philosophy and curriculum, intervention, differentiated instruction, as well as the Common Core Standards.
Two-Way Dual supports “two language” groups of students to become bilingual, bicultural, and biliterate. For example, an equal number of Spanish-speaking and English-speaking students would learn in both languages.
Two-Way Dual Language Enrollment
The Two-Way Dual Language program is housed at Gary Elementary School (Kindergarten – 5th Grades). This is a magnet program with students attending from all over the district. The student population of the two-way dual language classrooms will be approximately 60% from families of Emergent Bilinguals whose home language is Spanish, and 40% from families of native English speakers. Spanish speaking ELLs will be given the opportunity to enroll in later grades if there is space. Students from families of native English speakers will be given the opportunity to enroll at the kindergarten level only, unless transferring from another school district’s dual language program. All instruction in Spanish and English is aligned with D33’s general educational philosophy and curriculum, intervention, differentiated instruction, as well as the Common Core Standards.
Why have a dual language program? What are the benefits?
Which languages are involved in the bilingual programs in D33 and how were they chosen?
Why are the two languages separated? Why don't we translate so students hear a concept in their stronger language?
Why don't we just teach English and Spanish in language classes?
What do we say when parents ask how they can support their children with work in a language the parents don't understand?
What is "bridging" and why is it important?
Aren't dual language programs inappropriate for students with academic difficulties and/or special needs?