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The Dual Language Enrichment Model
The Dual Language Enrichment model was implemented in Hutto ISD as the Bilingual program. The goal of bilingual education under this model is designed to promote bilingualism, biliteracy, and grade-level academic success. Students maintain their language and have the opportunity to learn another language while developing pride in their own culture and appreciation and understanding for other cultures. The model places great emphasis on setting high expectations for all students regardless of language background.
One-Way Dual Language Program supports biliteracy for native Spanish speakers. In this program, students are offered the opportunity to learn to read, write and speak in both English and Spanish. Beginning as early as pre-kindergarten, students will develop oral and cognitive academic language while mastering grade level knowledge and skills in the content areas. HISD implemented this program model since 2007. The one-way program is intended for English language learners and .
Two-Way Dual Language Program (DALE Program/Programa DALE) supports biliteracy for “two language” groups of students, native Spanish speakers and native English speakers. In this program, students are offered the opportunity to learn to read, write and speak in both English and Spanish. Beginning as early as kindergarten, students will develop oral and cognitive academic language while mastering grade level knowledge and skills in the content areas. The composition of the classroom is at least 1/3 of the students are native English or native Spanish speakers. HISD implemented this program model at Ray Elementary and Veteran’s Hill Elementary in 2014. For the 2018-19 school year, Hutto ISD added an additional campus to the DALE Program, Cottonwood Creek Elementary. In the 2019/2020 school year Dual Language Immersion was offered for kinder and first at Kerley Elementary.
Secondary Dual Language Enrichment- Model supports continued Spanish development in the secondary levles. The program is offered as an extension of the elementary dual language program at both Farley Middle School and Hutto Middle School providing both a core language class as well as an elective or core subject. In the 2020/2021 this program will extend to eight grade.
For more information on Bilingual and ESL, you may also visit the TEA website.