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The Montessori School of North Miami will offer their students the opportunity to pursue a Dual Language Educational Program in English/Spanish. This program was created to expand multicultural education and increase opportunities for students to become bi-literate.

Mission

The mission of our school is to teach understanding and respect for racial, cultural and linguistic diversity. This is accomplished through a Dual Language Educational Program for all students which emphasize the acquisition of a second language, high academic standards, cooperation with others and the appreciation of each individual's uniqueness.

What is Dual Language Education?

Dual language education integrates language minority and language majority students for academic instruction that is presented separately through two languages. For both groups of students, one of the languages is their native language and one is a second language (although for some students it may be their third or fourth language).
Dual language is defined as being a "strong" form of bilingual education, because the goal is for students to leave the program both bilingual and bicultural.

All Dual Language Educational programs must have the following four critical components:

  1. The program essentially involves instruction through two languages, where the minority language is used for a significant portion of the student's instructional day.
  2. The program involves periods of instruction during which only one language is used.
  3. Both native English speakers and native speakers of the minority language are participants.
  4. The students are integrated (heterogeneous grouping) for most content instruction.

What are the goals of our program?

  1. Bi-literacy, the ability to read and write at grade level in both languages.
  2. Achievement at or above grade level in all content areas including math, science, and social studies.
  3. Multicultural competencies.

What are the benefits of a second language at a young age?

  1. The purpose of a dual language immersion program is to offer literacy instruction in both Languages in at least 50% percent of the time in all grade levels.
  2. Our students will study the content of our academically challenging curriculum in two languages. They will learn to speak, read, and write proficiently in two languages.
  3. Children enrolled in foreign language programs score statistically higher on standardized tests conducted in English.
  4. Evidence also suggests that children who receive second language instruction are more creative and better at solving complex problems.
  5. Experience has supported that children who learn a language before the onset of adolescence are much more likely to have native-like pronunciation.
  6. The benefits to society are many. Americans fluent in other languages enhance our economic competitiveness abroad, improve global communication, and maintain our political and security interests.
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