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What is Dual Language Spanish Immersion?
Dual Language is a form of bilingual education in which students are taught literacy and content in English and Spanish languages.
BCS offers a Dual Language Spanish Immersion Program, grades K-5. A continuum of extended language acquisition opportunities is available, grades 6-12.
According to research findings, it takes 5 to 7 years to acquire academic language in a second language (Collier and Thomas, 2012). Time and consistency are key.
K-5 Dual Language Program Models
The One-Way/Full Immersion Model implemented at Candler, Glen Arden and N. Buncombe primarily serves native English speakers.
The Two-Way Model implemented at all other BCS Dual Language schools serves classes consisting of approximately 50% native English speakers and 50% native Spanish speakers.
The percentage of content delivered in English and Spanish varies by grade level.
Dual Language Program Benefits
Prepares students to live and work in a global society
Fosters bilingualism and biliteracy
Creates enhanced awareness of cultural diversity
Enhances academic achievement
The Dual Language Spanish Immersion program is offered in all BCS districts at the following schools.
Avery's Creek Elementary
Glen Arden Elementary
North Buncombe Elementary
North Windy Ridge Intermediate
W.D. Williams Elementary
West Buncombe Elementary
“It feels good because I get to be in a program where you get to learn another language that can make you better. It also feels good because your teachers come from very far away just to teach you and make you a better person. It is a great class and great to know my classmates so well since we have been with each other for 6 years.” ~student
“This is my third year teaching Dual Language to 2nd graders. I am amazed at their ability to speak in Spanish, comprehend everything I say and their ability to read and write in Spanish by the time they get to me! … These children are already bilingual! I love my job!” ~ teacher
“My fourth-grade daughter told me the other day, ‘I can't remember a time that I didn't know Spanish, and now it is so easy.’ She is proud of her Spanish and uses it whenever she can… While she has been learning Spanish, she also is excelling in English. This program is helping me raise a bilingual child ready for our global world.” ~parent
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Paula Pinkerton
Director of Elementary and
Dual Language/World Languages Specialist
Benefits of a Bilingual Brain Infographic
(Courtesy of Participate) (English and Spanish)
Buncombe County Schools Dual Language Immersion Program Spotlight video
(Courtesy of Educational Partners International)