Dual Language Instruction
Dual language immersion (DLI) programs provide a wide array of benefits for all students, including:
- Enhanced brain development; leading to better thinking, mathematical and problem-solving skills.
- Higher academic achievement in all subjects
- Additional knowledge and understanding of one’s native language.
- Greater understanding, appreciation and respect for other languages and cultures.
- Ability to communicate with other ethnic and cultural groups.
- Better employment opportunities once school is completed.
Risen Christ uses the 50/50 model of dual language instruction: Students receive 50% of their instruction in English and 50% of their instruction in Spanish each day. All students receive explicit instruction in English literacy and Spanish literacy every day. A grade level teaching team consists of one highly fluent English-speaking teacher and one highly fluent Spanish-speaking teacher. The students then spend half of the day in each classroom, fully immersed in the particular language of instruction.
Risen Christ was one of twelve Catholic elementary schools around the country selected to form the Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS), an initiative of the Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College. We are blessed to have access to the extraordinary professional development and other resources TWIN-CS and Boston College bring to our implementation of dual immersion instruction.
For more information about dual immersion education, please visit the following websites: