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Dual Language Program Goals

Students in dual language programs are presented with the social and cognitive benefits of bilingualism. They gain a second language, a broader vocabulary, and multiple views of the world (Cazabon, Lambert & Heise-Baigorria, 2002). In order to acquire these benefits, the program sets out to accomplish the following goals: 

  • Develop high levels of proficiency in Spanish and English. 
  • Help students achieve grade level academic performance in Spanish and English. 
  • Raise self-esteem for all children. 
  • Take advantage of the optimal window of learning a second language during the primary years. 
  • Give students an edge in high school, college, and the workplace. 
  • Develop bilingualism, biliteracy, and biculturalism. 
  • Develop positive cross-cultural attitudes and behavior.