What language do you speak at home? Because today’s students provide varied answers to that question, teachers seek new and better ways to blend the language a child knows into programs that teach the language he or she is learning. As a result, dual language programs are gaining attention as a model to reach both native English speakers and ELLs.
Dual language or dual immersion programs promote bilingualism and biliteracy by teaching in English for 50% of the time and in Spanish, or another language, for the other 50%. Teachers cover both literacy and content in students’ native and second languages, and the outcome is not only proficiency and academic achievement in two languages, but also increased self-esteem and cultural sensitivity.
Learning Resources® offers many items that are appropriate for Dual Language Programs. English products with Spanish counterparts range from simple puzzles for learning the alphabet to more advanced games and reading skill builders. These products help teachers achieve consistency across the two languages. Additionally, Learning Resources® provides bilingual English-Spanish products that can assist further in developing children’s language skills.