Dual Language Program

Starting next school year (22-23) we will be start offering a Dual Language program in our Early Childhood Education (prekindergarten) classrooms. In dual language programs, students are taught in two languages throughout their elementary and secondary education.

What is Dual Language?

Dual Language is a form of bilingual education in which students are taught in two languages.  Currently our dual language program will include Spanish and English.  

Farrell B. Howell will use a 90/10 Spanish Dual Language Program. 

Which grade levels will have Dual Language options?

Starting in the new school year, the dual language program will start in ECE.  We will add a grade level each year for students who have previously been enrolled in dual language programming to show Spanish proficiency. 

Benefits of Dual Language

There are many benefits to being in a dual language program. Students in dual language programs do as well as or better academically than their peers in English-only settings and have the added benefit of learning a second language. Dual language students:

  • Develop strong reading, writing and speaking skills in two languages.
  • Often outperform monolingual peers on standardized assessments of math and English Language Arts.
  • Develop cognitive flexibility and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrate greater understanding, appreciation and respect for other cultures and languages.
  • Are prepared for a globalizing world and job market.

90/10 Dual Language Model

The 90/10 dual language model emphasizes Spanish first for 90% of the day and English for 10% of the day. The emphasis on Spanish instruction in the early grades gives all students a jump-start on building a strong foundation in vocabulary and literacy skills in Spanish. As students progress through the program, more English will be introduced until students spend 50% of their day in Spanish and 50% in English. The skills learned in Spanish will transfer to English, so that all students leave bilingual and bi-literate. The table below shows the time spent in each language as a student progresses through the grade levels.

Learn more about Dual Language on the DPS website: https://mle.dpsk12.org/programs/dual-language/