DEVELOPMENTAL BILINGUAL

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

The developmental bilingual education programs, or maintenance bilingual programs, are generally for ELs only. They offer a balance of instruction in the non-English partner language and English to promote academic achievement, bilingualism, and biliteracy.

Students acquire language and content-area knowledge in English and the non-English partner language.

 

The main goal of this program is for students to become literate in their language while also becoming proficient in English through content courses.

Program Characteristics

• This is an entire school day program at the elementary grades.

• Academic language is studied through home language instruction and partner language instruction.

• Gradually, the program continues increasing the amount English language until students are proficient in both.

•  Programs follow either a 50:50 model or a 90:10 model, and may balance languages by dividing instructional time based on content area, class period, instructor, day, week, unit, or semester.

 

Instructional Time and Setting

• This is an entire school day program at the elementary grades.

• This program offers a balance of instruction in the non-English partner language and English to promote academic achievement, bilingualism, and biliteracy.

• The program may follow either a 50:50 model or a 90:10 model and may balance languages by dividing instructional time based on content area, class period, instructor, day, week, unit, or semester. Students acquire language and content-area knowledge in English and the non-English partner language.

 

Benefits of the Program

• Students gain academic skills and literacy development in both home language and English.

• Culture is an integral part of the teaching.