"They learn to use their brains in different ways,’ Arellano says. In learning to think in two languages, students develop communication skills and a more profound understanding of language.”
Some teachers, like Hugh Cruz, wish that dual language programs were more accessible growing up:
“‘I think it would’ve helped me academically in my Spanish if I had this program growing up,’ he said. ‘The whole world tells you to speak English.’”
The article, published by Desert Sun and written by Joseph Hong, details the complexities of a dual language program and offers keen insight by veteran and new teachers alike. Coachella Valley has seen their dual language programs rise in popularity over the last few years with enrollment steadily increasing. Daniel Miller, assistant superintendent of educational services, states that the district aims to align with Global California 2030, an initiative of the California Department of Education, “with the goal of having 1,600 dual immersion schools by 2030… As of 2017, there were 407. The state expects 800 by 2020.”
As dual language educators ourselves, we appreciate the development and successes of similar dual language programs and may learn from these educators. Please peruse the article to read about the personal experiences, opinions, and revelations of dual language teachers from a school district in Coachella Valley.
-Melissa Hoppie, Graduate Research Assistant