What Is Dual Language


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 are 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 bi-literacy

-Creates enhanced awareness of cultural diversity

-Enhances academic achievement

Our Schools

All six BCS districts have at least one elementary school with a Dual Language Spanish Immersion program. They are:
• Avery's Creek Elementary
• Candler Elementary
• Glen Arden Elementary
• Koontz Intermediate
• North Buncombe Elementary
• Oakley Elementary
• W.D. Williams Elementary
• West Buncombe Elementary

For More Information Contact:

Jennifer Reed
Director of Elementary and
Intermediate Education

Dr. Cheri Boone
BCS Global Education Specialist