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Dual Language


An important curricular initiative that Lamar launched in 2017 is our adoption of a two-way dual language model of bilingual education.  


A two-way bilingual educational program brings English-dominant and Spanish-dominant students together for instruction in both languages. Approximately half the class is Spanish-dominant while the other half is English-dominant. The goal for both groups of students is to become bilingual (able to speak in both languages) and biliterate (able to read and write in both languages). Moreover, the goal is to help all students develop an appreciation for different cultures. The dual language model directly aligns with our Cultural Competence goal.

Lamar implements an 80/20 dual language model. Spanish and English-dominant students learn in the same classroom, initially learning primarily in Spanish and then gradually increasing English instruction over time. The following chart describes the percentage of instruction provided in each language by grade level.

Grade

Spanish Instruction

English Instruction

K and 1

80

20

2

70

30

3

70

30

4

60

40

5

50

50

6

50

50

It is essential for teachers and parents to maintain the fidelity of the model to ensure students are not transitioned too early. That said, each student group is unique and diverse. Teachers have some discretion to shift their language of instruction away from the stated percentages if a case can be made that it is the right language choice for the students in the group. Moreover, the PDS Advisory Committee, the governing body for Lamar, will continually assess the effectiveness of the 80/20 model.

The table below describes the gradual phase-in process for implementing the two-way dual language program.

Year

Late-exit transitional

Dual two-way

General education

17-18

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

kinder  

PK-6

18-19

2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

kinder,1st   

PK-6

19-20

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

kinder,1st, 2nd,  

PK-6

20-21

4th, 5th, 6th

kinder,1st, 2nd, 3rd,

PK-6

21-22

5th, 6th

kinder,1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

PK-6

22-23

6th

kinder,1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

PK-6

23-24

no classes

kinder,1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

PK-6

Phase-In of Dual Language Model

Over a period of six years, all dual language classrooms will reflect the two-way model rather than the late-exit transitional program. Remaining general education rooms will continue to learn in English.     


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