Dual Language FAQs

  • 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?