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Dual Language Immersion Program

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   DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM 

Our Dual Language Immersion program develops bilingualism in English and Spanish by integrating proficient native Spanish speakers with proficient native English speakers.

The Dual Language Immersion Program is now full for the 2018-19 school year. 

If you wish for your student to be placed on the Dual Language Immersion Interest List for the 2019-20 school year, please check back March 4, 2019.  The Interest List does not roll over, new submissions must be entered each year.

Criteria to enroll your child in the Dual Language Immersion Program for the 2019-20 School Year:

1. Complete interest form - English Spanish
2. Complete Beaumont USD Online Enrollment (New Students to District Only)
3. Attend one of the following information meetings
Thursday, March 21 - 4:30 p.m. - Starlight Elementary MPR
Tuesday, April 23  - 4:30 p.m. - Starlight Elementary MPR
Please note that attendance at this meeting does not guarantee that your student will be admitted in the program.
4. Student Screening
The student must take a language assessment to determine his/her primary language.
Once you complete steps one through three, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment.
5. Student Selection Criteria
Eligible students will be accepted to the program based on space availability and the following program criteria:
Siblings of students currently enrolled in the Dual Language Immersion Program
Students whose primary language is Spanish
Students residing within the Beaumont USD boundaries
Interest Form Date Stamp (Google form will automatically date stamp)  
Students residing outside the Beaumont USD boundaries
6. Parent Notification and Commitment Letter
Parents will be notified of student placement by 06/03/19 via email. At this time, parents will be asked to come to Starlight’s office to sign a parent compact expressing commitment to the program. If the compact is not signed by Wednesday, June 12, the student’s spot will be given to someone on the waitlist. Students who are not selected  will be placed on a waiting list.

 

For further information about the program please contact Starlight Elementary at 951-456-1776
 

What is the Dual Language Immersion Program?
 

Our Dual Language Immersion program develops bilingualism in English and Spanish by integrating proficient native Spanish speakers with proficient native English speakers. The program is designed for 50% English speakers and 50% Spanish speakers in every classroom. In order to maintain the integrity of the program, every student will need to take a language assessment in his/her primary language.

 

Beaumont USD Dual Language Immersion program reflects the 90:10 model where the instructional day consists of 90% Spanish and 10% English in TK/Kindergarten, increasing to 50% English and 50% Spanish by fifth grade. The greatest benefit of participating in the Dual Language Immersion program is achieved by students committed to the full TK – 12 DLI program where they can receive the State Seal of Biliteracy.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

  • K/1 (90/10)—English Language Development in English, all other subjects taught in Spanish
  • 2 (80/20)—English Language Development in English, all other subjects taught in Spanish
  • 3 (70/30)—English Langauge Development in English, some Language Arts in English
  • 4 (60/40)—English Language Development in English, some Language Arts in English
  • 5 (50/50)
  • 6th- Social Science- 1 day English Language Arts, Spanish Language Arts (Optional)- new course
  • 7th- Social Science- Either 7th or 8th must take Spanish Language Arts
  • 8th- Social Science- Either 7th or 8th must take Spanish Language Arts
  • 9th- Spanish Culture and Composition
  • 10th- Mount San Jacinto College- Age requirement to lower- Spanish 101, 102- Mount San Jacinto College Spanish Department,
    or Advanced Placement Spanish
  • 11th- Mount San Jacinto College201, 202 or Advanced Placement Spanish or Advanced Placement Literature
  • 12th- Translation in Legal or Medical or Public Relations - (In curriculum development)
School Hours for Starlight Elementary
1st-5th Grade Hours
8:15 am- 2: 35 pm Regular Day
   
8:15 am- 1:08 pm Minimum Day
   
8:15 am- 1:30 pm Early Release Day (Wednesday)
   
Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten Hours
8:15 am- 11: 40 am Early Bird TK/KDG
   
10:25 am- 2:35 pm Late Bird TK/KDG
   
8:15 am- 11:40 am ERD & Minimum Day, AM/PM/All Day Kinder (Wednesday)
   
8:15 am- 2:35 pm All Day Kindergarten
 

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IS THE DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM RIGHT FOR MY CHILD?

With so many opportunities available to students parents are constantly faced with choosing the right opportunities for their students. This is no different when trying to decide whether or not to enroll your student in the World Language Academy.
 
 
Why Dual Language Immersion?

Many people may have the belief that everyone speaks English, right? However, according to the 2010 Census it turns out that 20% of Americans do not speak English and only 5-6% of the world’s population speaks English as a primary language. Studying a foreign language has been linked to improving a student 's cognitive and critical thinking abilities.

Jobs within the Federal Government are continually challenged with gaining a greater understanding of global languages and cultures of our allies and enemies. According to Irene Thompson more than 80 agencies of the federal government rely of professionals with intermediate to high level competence in foreign languages.

American multinational corporations also need people with foreign language abilities in the US in order to compete in the global markets. Employees will need to be able to communicate and understand the culture of these foreign countries.

With less than 25% of kids being exposed to a second language, your child will have an advantage in our world gone global as well as their very own home and classroom.

Research also shows how Spanish Speaker benefit in the acquisition of the English language.
 
 
Why start early?

Martha G. Abbott, Director of Education for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL): It is critical that foreign language instruction be available to all students throughout their PK-12 academic experience. Knowing other languages and understanding other cultures is a 21st Century skill set for American students as they prepare to live and work in a global society. No matter what career students enter, they will be interacting with others around the world on a routine basis and doing business locally with those whose native language is not English.

Beginning foreign language instruction early sets the stage for students’ to develop advanced levels of proficiencies in one or more languages. In addition, younger learners still possess the capacity to develop near native-like pronunciation and intonation in a new language. Finally, young learners have a natural curiosity about learning which is evident when they engage in learning a new language. They also are open and accepting of people who speak other languages and come from other cultures.
 
 

Multiliteracy Program Goals

  1. Bilingualism—Students will become proficient in English and Spanish as measured by CELDT for ELs and using Spanish language rubric (can be developed/implement from current rubric used at elementary)
  2. Biliteracy--Students will become literate in English and Spanish as measured by the CST and Apprenda with a score of at least proficient
  3. Biculturalism—Students will be taught about a variety of cultures and be required to make community connections via service learning projects and community service activities. Students will become culturally tolerant and develop global awareness
  4. College/Career Readiness—Students will become proficient in using interactive technology to enhance their economic development/survival skills and have the ability to network with people on a global spectrum