Every student on our campus is exposed to two languages. Because of how we stucture so many things on our campus, we wanted everyone to have the same kinds of opportunities. It was important to us as a school that our English dominant students got an opportunity to experience what it was like to learn a second language.
Our bilingual teachers are paired with a monolingual teacher and for 30 minutes a day they swap classes. The monolingual teacher works with the bilingual students using direct teach ESL strategies. Our bilingual teachers spend that time in an English dominant classroom giving students some basic Spanish skills, giving English dominant students an hour a week of Spanish instruction and bilingual classes solid ESL time daily.
This has been a great opportunity for the campus. It shows everyone that all languages and cultures are important and that learning a second language is not an easy task. It gives students opportunities to use higher level thinking skills.