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Greenspring Montessori is in the Early Stages of Implementing Spanish Immersion & Dual-Language Programs

In the fall of 2013, Greenspring Montessori School embarked on a journey to bring the Spanish Language to our students.  We transitioned our all school language from French to Spanish.  We also opened a pilot Dual-Language Children’s House Program.

The 2014-2015 school year will be the second year of the program.  This year we embark on strengthening this program by widening the range of Spanish offered in the classroom.

We are also bringing a Spanish-speaking lead guide or assistant guide into our Toddler Communities.  These individuals will share songs and games with the Toddlers, growing their language exposure and proficiency.

Meanwhile, the rest of the Children’s House, Elementary and Adolescent Programs continue their Spanish instruction, with our Spanish Enrichment Guide offering language lessons twice a week.

In coming years we plan to grow our Dual-Language Program upwards.  Our goals is to have our Elementary Community – and even Adolescent Community – have full time Spanish-speaking faculty to help integrate Spanish into more and more of the daily process.  This will also allow those students coming up from the Dual-Language Children’s House to continue their studies in Spanish.

Common Questions and Answers about Dual-language Programs

What is a Dual-Language Program?

Dual-language is a form of education in which students are taught literacy and content in two languages. A dual-language program supports children who have already had significant exposure to the target language in continuing their proficiency. A dual-language program can also offer exposure to a target language to children with little or no previous experience in this language.

Why Offer Spanish Language Programs?

Learning a second language has innumerable benefits on a child’s life. Research shows that it increases creativity and enhances verbal and mathematical problem solving skills. The students develop an advantage in grasping and formulating concepts. These skills contribute profoundly to a child’s self-esteem and their sense of values. Best of all, it prepares a child for life in the multicultural, multilingual world of the 21st century.

What would the Dual-Language English/Spanish Program look like for the Children’s House Program?

Children ages 3 to 6 years old will spend the morning in a classroom with both English and Spanish being spoken.  Because our children receive individualized lessons, children will be able to receive the lesson they are ready for in both Spanish and English throughout the day.  Stories and songs will be shared in both languages.  The goal is that children will become comfortable with the Spanish language, with comprehension of the spoken word, and some verbal use of Spanish, as well.

Is the Dual-language Program a good fit for my child?

Learning a new language offer challenges!  Children will need at least two years in the program to have any real proficiency in the language.  If you have questions about the program, and your child’s fit, please email Margaret Jarrell, Director of Admissions, at mjarrell@greenspringmontessori.org.

 

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