A Dual Language Program is a bilingual educational program where native English speakers and English Language Learners (native speakers of another language) are integrated for academic instruction. The Dual Language program at Haydon is a 50/50 model which means that the students in the program receive instruction in English for half of each school day and a second language (in this case, Spanish) for the remainder of the school day.
The mission of the Haydon Dual Language Spanish Program is to develop children into bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural students who are prepared for a competitive international global community.
The goals of the program are for students to:
- develop language proficiency (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) in Spanish and English;
- attain high levels of academic and social-emotional competence; and,
- demonstrate positive multi-cultural attitudes and behaviors.
Benefits of a Dual Language Program
Second Language Skills
Students achieve high proficiency in the targeted language and are better prepared for the global community and job markets where a second language is an asset.
Improvement on Standardized Tests
Dual Language students perform as well as or better than non-dual language students on standardized tests of English and math administered in English.
Enhanced Thinking Skills
Dual Language students typically develop greater critical thinking and demonstrate increased attention control, better memory, superior problem-solving skills, and enhanced understanding of their primary language.
Increased Cultural Awareness
Dual Language students are more aware of and show more positive attitudes towards other cultures and an appreciation of other people.