Dual Language Education

Mission of Linne's Dual Language Education Program:
"To foster bilingualism, biliteracy, enhanced awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity, and high levels of academic achievement through instruction in English & Spanish"


At Carl Von Linne we are committed to providing all students with the opportunity to enroll in our Dual Language Immersion Program. The program has been part of Linne for 8 years.  The program's mission is rooted on the three core goals of dual language education. 

  1. Development of bilingualism and biliteracy in English and Spanish

  2. Sociocultural Competence

  3. High levels of academic achievement

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Dual Language Education?

- Dual Language is a form of bilingual education in which students are taught literacy and content in two languages.  In the case of Linne we instruct students in the program in both English and Spanish with the partner language being Spanish.  

Does my child have to speak Spanish to enter the program?

- No.  Students in the Dual Language program are both English and Spanish native speakers.  There is no prerequisite for your child to speak Spanish.  Both groups of students benefit from the modeling of each other's native language. 

What type of Dual Language Program model is offered at Linne?

-Linne offers an 80/20 Two-Way Dual Language Immersion Program (TWI).  In this model we attempt to create a balance of English native speakers or English dominant with Spanish native speakers in the same classroom (two-way).  The unique feature of this type of dual language instruction is that our program enrolls a roughly equal number of native English speakers and native Spanish speakers (each group making up between one-third and two-thirds of the total student population) and the two groups of students are integrated for all or most of the school day.  In this model, all students have the opportunity to be both first language models and second language learners, and TWI creates an additive bilingual environment for all students since the first language is maintained while the second language is acquired.

 

80/20 refers to the language of instruction at entry into the program.  For example 80% of the instruction in Pre-K or Kindergarten is in Spanish and 20% is in English.  English instruction is gradually increased as the child ascends through the grades but will never receive less that 50% of instruction in Spanish.  Below is the breakdown of language allocation:

 

Pre-Kindergarten- 80% Spanish / 20% English

Kindergarten - 80% Spanish / 20% English

First Grade - 80% Spanish / 20% English

Second Grade - 70% Spanish / 30% English

Third Grade - 60% Spanish / 40% English

Fourth - Eighth Grade - 50% Spanish / 50% English

For a full breakdown of what subject/content is taught in each language please click at the curriculum alignment plans below:

Curriculum Alignment Plan

When is reading/literacy taught in English in a Dual Language Classroom? Is my child only learning reading in Spanish?

Our approach to teaching literacy in a dual language setting is one grounded in a "holistic biliteracy framework".  As such, our model is developed for children who are simultaneous emerging bilinguals.  This simply means children learning to read both languages at the same time.  In contrast to some programs that may be sequential (teach literacy in Spanish first and then in English at later grades) we strive to teach our students literacy in a simultaneous model where they learn reading, writing, and speaking in both languages from pre-kindergarten/kindergarten.

If I start my child in the Dual Language Program can I switch him to an all English classroom in a few years?

-Enrollment in a Dual Language Classroom at Linne requires a long-term commitment to the program.  We know that children will learn the conversational piece of the language relatively quickly but to reach true biliteracy students need 6 to 7 years of exposure to the academic language. Except for in a few specific cases children who enroll in the program will remain in the program until graduation. 

If I don't speak Spanish how can I help my child at home?

- The best thing you can do as a parent is to be an active participant in your child's education.  We encourage you to read to your child frequently in his/her native language and to be involved in regular academic/educational activities. Your efforts will be rewarded as the skills learned in one language are transferred to the second language. Work assigned by the school in Spanish is a reinforcement of skills taught at school and children should be able to complete it independently.  Of course there's always Google Translate. 

If you have any other questions please contact Mr. Parra at 773-534-5264