Dual Language Magnet
Research shows that the ideal time to learn a new language is during the primary years. The Dual language program allow students to develop proficiency in two languages by receiving 50% of their academic instruction in English and 50% in Spanish.
This 50:50 ratio split will be employed for all core content subject areas. Students learn to read, write, listen, and speak in both languages through research-based instruction and an advanced and rigorous curriculum. Students also gain a rich appreciation of other cultures.
Children who study a second language during the primary grade levels:
- learn and excel in a second language at a faster pace (Krashen, 1982).
- show greater cognitive development (Kauta, 1990).
- have increased listening skills, memory, and a greater understanding of their native language (Lapkin, 1990).
- have an improved self concept and sense of achievement in school (Caine & Caine, 1997).
- Entering Kindergarten and 1st grade applicants only
- 50 percentile+ on reading and math achievement tests
- Pass all subjects on report card
- No serious discipline issues
Parents who wish for their students to participate should commit to the program for the primary grades (K-5).
Learn more about the Dual Language application process and important dates on the GISD Magnet Application page.
Dual Language program at Vial
Classical Center at Vial is excited to be offering a Dual Language English and Spanish program in Garland ISD; a magnet program where students learn to read, write, listen, and speak fluently in two languages!
The Dual Language program allows students to develop proficiency in two languages by receiving academic instruction in English and Spanish. Our Dual Language classes are comprised of half all-English speakers and half all-Spanish speakers. Through social and academic interaction, all students in the dual language program learn to read, write, listen and speak in both languages equally well. Students also gain a rich appreciation of other cultures. We are following the Gomez & Gomez model for instruction.
Students in the Dual Language classes receive 50% of their instruction in English and 50% of their instruction in Spanish. An enhanced and rigorous curriculum is used to ensure the students are adequately challenged for their ability level.
There are a lot of exciting things going on in the Dual Language classes; it is so much fun to watch as the students learn in both languages. There are many enthusiastic students helping others understand their home language.