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DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM AT WD7

Wood Dale District 7 plans to begin a Spanish Dual Language Program with students entering kindergarten in the fall of 2017-18.  Any child in District 7 who will turn 5 before September 1, 2017 will be eligible to participate in this new program. 

What is Dual Language? 
Dual language is a form of education in which students are taught literacy and content in two languages.  Students in a Dual language class become bilingual, bi-literate, and bi-cultural.  The make- up of the class is approximately 50% native English speakers (or dominant English speakers) and 50% native Spanish speakers.  Students will receive literacy instruction in both Spanish and English. 

What are the benefits of a Dual Language Program? 
Students in the Dual Language program have an opportunity to become highly proficient in the second language.  They gain an appreciation of diversity and develop intercultural relationships.  In addition, they acquire higher-order thinking skills and increased problem solving abilities.  They will become bilingual, bi-literate and bi-cultural.

What are the goals for students in the Dual Language program?
Students will:  1) Become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural.  2) Perform academically at grade level in Spanish and English.  3) Use two languages comfortably and effectively in social and academic settings appropriate for their age level.  4) Demonstrate an appreciation of cultural diversity and cross-cultural competence across a variety of social situations.  5)  Engage in a rigorous curriculum that is aligned to state standards.  6)  Cultivate a lifelong love for language learning and an appreciation for cultural diversity.

Why is the program beginning at kindergarten? 
Research shows that the younger years are the optimal years for children to learn a second language.  Before the age of 10, a child can acquire native language proficiency for accent, grammar and comprehension.  (Virginia Collier, 1992) 

If I have additional questions, who can I contact? You can contact Dr. Merri Beth Kudrna, Curriculum Director, at 630-595-9510 or email at mkudrna@wdsd7.org or visit our Dual Language website.

If you have a child who will turn 5 before September 1, 2017 he/she will be eligible to participate in this new program.  Please plan to attend an informational to get more details.

When:               May 12, 2016

Time:                6:30 PM-7:30 PM

Where:             Early Childhood Education Center, 543 N. Wood Dale Road

***Free child care will be provided.  For more information please call 630-595-9510.




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