Dual language programs are increasing in schools, as they are effective when started at a young age. By mixing English as a second language students with native English speakers, and providing instruction in both English and Spanish, the objective is to enable both groups of students to become fluently bilingual.
Dual language immersion is a growing strategy, and is gaining a foothold in schools across the United States.
In Duval County, Florida, dual language programs are in place at three elementary schools, and at the DuPont Middle School. District officials are considering extending it into high school
“We’re starting to strategize as far as high school,” said Superintendent Nikolai Vitti. “ Our vision is to have a program that culminates in high school as the current sixth graders move up.”
Parents opt into the program, usually beginning in kindergarten or first grade, before students can participate. Days are split so that half a course is in a non native languages and half in the native language. The following year, the courses flip languages.