Dual language programs (also known as two-way immersion programs) allow English learners and English proficient students to receive instruction in English and a target language in the same classroom to develop academic proficiency in both languages starting in kindergarten for a minimum of six years.
The target language offered at Livingston Union School District is Spanish which integrates approximately equal numbers of English-dominant and Spanish-dominant students for the purpose of providing literacy instruction in the two languages. Research shows that students who participate in dual language immersion programs perform at or above grade level on district and state tests as well as achieve advanced levels of proficiency in two languages. Dual language immersion programs have been proven among the most effective in the United States, graduating students with both grade level academic ability and proficiency in two languages.
Livingston Union School District is implementing a 50/50 simultaneous model in which both languages are developed at the same time. Spanish instruction is delivered by a Spanish bilingual teacher and English instruction is delivered by an English speaking teacher. In Kindergarten language arts is taught in the child's primary language. For all other subjects the language of instruction is alternated every other week. In first grade the language of instruction is alternated every three days. In grades second through sixth, the language of instruction is alternated approximately every other week. In grade seven students receive Spanish instruction in science and a Spanish language, literature and culture class. Likewise, in grade eight students receive Spanish instruction in the Spanish language, literature and culture class and in history. All other subjects will be taught in English in grades seven and eight.
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