Language Learning

Why learn a new language at such a young age?

Research states learning a new language as an adult is much more challenging than it is for a child. Children are born ready to learn how to communicate; their brains are wired in a way that allows them to quickly learn language.  

Why are you teaching more Spanish than English?  boys

Research shows a 90/10 dual language model to be successful in producing biliterate students. In Sioux City, exposure to English far outweighs exposure to Spanish. Immersing our dual language learners in Spanish develops a solid foundation, which they will continue to build alongside English throughout their dual language schooling.  

How will my child learn the content if they cannot speak Spanish?  Our bilingual teachers will use songs, pictures, charts, hand gestures and movement to help students learn content standards and language at the same time. Classroom routines will allow students adjust to transitions and know what to expect each day. Students will learn how to communicate essential needs, such as “May I have a drink?” using simple phrases and pictures. The teachers will create a comfortable, safe learning environment where students can feel at ease attempting to communicate in a new language. 

If my child is a native Spanish speaker, how will they learn English?

It is important to be committed to the process of the dual language program. Your children will learn English, but at a slower rate than students who are immersed just in English throughout their school day. As students learn in Spanish, they are given the opportunity to develop their native language academically, which in turn, eventually deepens their understanding of English. This process takes longer, but has stronger ending results in both languages