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What is Dual Language?

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.


Advantages as an immersion student:

Bilingual and biliterate: Dual language students achieve high proficiency in the immersion language.
Increased cultural sensitivity: Dual language students are more aware of and show more positive attitudes towards other cultures and other people.
Enhanced cognitive skills: Dual language students typically develop greater cognitive flexibility, showing increased memory, superior problem-solving skills and better attention control as well as an enhanced understanding of their primary language.
Improved self-esteem: Being able to communicate and excel academically in two languages gives dual language students greater self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
Proven performance on standardized tests: Dual language students show great gains and increased performance on standardized tests in reading and math.
Preparation for a global society and marketplace: Dual language students are better prepared for the global community and job markets where 21st century skills are an asset. 

BCS 3rd Grade Reading Assessment Data

Beginning of Year/End of Year

3rd Grade Assessment
ACES= Avery’s Creek Elementary               ACES DL= Avery’s Creek Elementary Dual Language
GAES= Glen Arden Elementary                  GAES DL= Glen Arden Elementary Dual Language
OES= Oakley Elementary                            OES DL= Oakley Elementary Dual Language
BCS=Buncombe County Schools                BCS= Buncombe County Schools Dual Language

Research shows immersion students outperform native English-speaking classmates on standardized tests. (Thomas and Collier, 2012)


Click this link to learn more about the Dual Language Spanish Immersion Program now offered by Buncombe County Schools.
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