The goals of the dual language program are that after eight years of instruction students will be able to:
For the 2015-2016 school year, District 47 will offer dual language programs for students at the following schools: Coventry, Canterbury, North and Hannah Beardsley Middle School. Final classroom sections will be decided pending interest and enrollment.
Any student entering Kindergarten can be considered for the full-day dual language program. (Note: The program will only be offered in a full-day Kindergarten setting.) Due to the immersion nature of Spanish language instruction in the dual language program, native English-speaking students will only be admitted to the program at the Kindergarten level. The District hosts an informational meeting about dual language for incoming Kindergarten families in January of each school year. Since the program fills up fast, parents interested in the program are encouraged to register their child as soon as possible (in February) and indicate their interest in the program by filling out a form at registration.
The dual language program is open first to students who reside within the boundaries of the three elementary schools offering programs. In addition, siblings of current dual language students are given priority. If additional sections of dual language are offered at Canterbury, Coventry and North, students who do not reside in these school boundaries will be considered. Transportation will be provided for those students who live outside the school boundaries and get admitted to the program.
If a student is coming from a dual language program in another district, he or she will be assessed to determine if D47's dual language program is the best placement. If so, the student will be placed in the program if space allows.
Yes. Dual language classes follow the District 47 adopted curriculum. All teachers teach to the new Illinois learning standards as well as the Spanish language arts standards through biliteracy units of study. While the teaching looks different in a dual language classroom, all students are taught appropriate grade-level standards. Through a variety of instructional strategies, students learn the academic content while developing proficiency in both languages. Besides core academics, dual language classes emphasize cultural awareness and diversity.
No. National studies show that students in dual language programs perform as well or better than their peers on achievement tests in math, reading and writing.
District 47's dual language program has adopted a biliteracy approach to reading and writing. This means that all students learn to read and write in both English and Spanish starting in Kindergarten.
There are many reasons families choose to participate in the dual language program: multicultural appreciation, benefit of learning a second language at an early age, career opportunities, and ability to develop social skills for life in a multicultural world. In addition, research has shown that students who remain in the dual language program develop greater critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Native English-speaking children will develop Spanish as a second language at an early age while continuing to grow in English. For the native Spanish-speaking child, the dual language class helps develop English as a second language while continuing to enrich and develop their native literacy. All children will learn academic skills while developing bilingual proficiency.
Parents are key to the success of any program. Upon registering a child for dual language, families are asked to commit their child to the program through eighth grade. Because bilingual proficiency is a long-term commitment and space available for English-speaking students is limited, parents are asked to carefully consider whether enrolling their child in the program is right for them.
For more information on the dual language program, contact Amy Mosquera, Director of Dual Language and ELL programs, at 815.788.5035.