Dual language immersion program offered for kindergarten throug...

The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is offering a dual language immersion program which students from kindergarten through fourth grade learn in both Spanish and English. Full Story
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Ignorance is not bliss

Salt Lake City, UT

#22 Dec 4, 2011
Although English is the "predominant" language in the United States it is not the "official" language and there is no "official" language of the United States. Children in ESL/ELL programs are pulled out of class (costing EXTRA money to pay for special ESL/ELL teachers) losing precious class time and learning time. The whole point of the dual immersion program is to integrate native English speakers with another "partner" language (in this case Spanish) giving both groups a chance to not only become bilingual AND bi-literate (reading and writing) in TWO languages but to give the non-native English speakers a less-threatening environment to be with native English speakers which improves their English skills over time. Studies have shown that the children in these programs have higher standardized test scores than the children in the mainstream classrooms. AND, children in first grade that showed low English proficiency are included in that group of HIGHER test scores in ENGLISH Standardized tests.
I currently live in Utah and my son is in his second year in the program. I have taught as a substitute in his class for both years and have seen the differences in the kids. I also lived in Monterey and studied at DLI learning Russian and Spanish. There are plenty of other languages taught throughout the nation to include Mandarin, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Cantonese and others. If you are opposed to your child being FORCED to learn Spanish, then you should get involved in your school board and lobby for a different language instead of just complaining about it. I have been to Salinas and Seaside, I know the situations you are talking about. I doubt the "illegal" situation is going away any time soon and most of the children have no choice in being here and will soon be the future of this country. So why should they have to suffer?
The only "cost" is buying the target language materials for the classrooms.. a one-time cost. Much less expensive than an ESL teacher's salary.
Don't take out your bitterness on a political situation (immigration reform) of politicians that WE elect into office on innocent children.
Mom

Turlock, CA

#23 Jan 25, 2012
My son has limited vision. Without this program he would have been on the street. Now he can translate over the phone and be independent. If you think it's my job then teach me another language.
concerned parent

Scottsdale, AZ

#24 Nov 8, 2012
Ok this is my take. I had my son in the Scottsdale Az foreign language immersion program and after 3weeks of my son coming home and telling me what he learned by answering "this word in Spanish" and finally a meet the teacher night at his elementary school pueblo, and following a bombardment of questions from myself and many other confused parents. His teacher danced around the issues by changing the subject and quoting "statistics". Well I pulled him out of the program the next day. After talking to several teacher friends that teach middle school and them saying the kids are always behind in math and a little behind in science. And now I am told that his next school year there enforcing this as a mandatory k -3 and if the parents don't want there kids in it they will bus them to another schol. So let me get this straight...after an optional class is started and kids get acclimated to there school if the parents don't see this as a GOOD thing the kids suffer. Also the parents have to learn Spanish in order to help with home work!!!?? This sounds like politics to me. And I speak good Spanish and understand the power of being bilingual but this seams Spanish speaking SELFISH!!! And why is this being basically forced? Is this lawful and how can I get a hold of somebody that can become an advocate for the English speaking students in SCOTTSDALE AZ. I can't help but feel this is all politics. This mandatory program set to start next year is after a Hispanic principal is Put in place. Again feels likepolitics. Can anyone advise me. And don't write a comment about me being UN-educated I've done tons of research on this.
dual language teacher

Redford, MI

#25 Dec 6, 2012
Some of the comments here are posted out of simply not knowing the whole story of what/who/why/and how. I am the art teacher at a dual language immersion program in the Detroit Public Schools (yes, the district you only hear crap about...). We are a 90/10 model of Spanish and English. What that means is that in kinder and 1st grade 90% of the day is taught in Spanish, then it goes down 10% in Spanish and up 10% in English until it reaches 50/50 where it remains until they leave us in 8th grade.
Comments were made asking "why only Spanish immersion?". In my Metro Detroit city we have a Chinese immersion school, but the fact remains that we-the U.S.- have the 5th largest Spanish speaking population. If you can speak Spanish and English then you can communicate with 80% of the people in the world. That's a great reason to speak Spanish!
I am constantly amazed at how quickly my girls are picking up a 2nd language. If I can give that to them, why wouldn't I?
dual language teacher

Redford, MI

#26 Dec 6, 2012
concerned parent wrote:
Ok this is my take. I had my son in the Scottsdale Az foreign language immersion program and after 3weeks of my son coming home and telling me what he learned by answering "this word in Spanish" and finally a meet the teacher night at his elementary school pueblo, and following a bombardment of questions from myself and many other confused parents. His teacher danced around the issues by changing the subject and quoting "statistics". Well I pulled him out of the program the next day. After talking to several teacher friends that teach middle school and them saying the kids are always behind in math and a little behind in science. And now I am told that his next school year there enforcing this as a mandatory k -3 and if the parents don't want there kids in it they will bus them to another schol. So let me get this straight...after an optional class is started and kids get acclimated to there school if the parents don't see this as a GOOD thing the kids suffer. Also the parents have to learn Spanish in order to help with home work!!!?? This sounds like politics to me. And I speak good Spanish and understand the power of being bilingual but this seams Spanish speaking SELFISH!!! And why is this being basically forced? Is this lawful and how can I get a hold of somebody that can become an advocate for the English speaking students in SCOTTSDALE AZ. I can't help but feel this is all politics. This mandatory program set to start next year is after a Hispanic principal is Put in place. Again feels likepolitics. Can anyone advise me. And don't write a comment about me being UN-educated I've done tons of research on this.
I am part of the English immersion portion of the day for the kids at my school. I know a fair amount of Spanish, but not enough to translate my daughters' homework. I am constantly using www.spanishdict.com to translate it. Is it a hassle? Yes. Does it get tiring? Yes. Would I switch their school because of it? NO WAY! You haven't given enough information about the school to make an informed decision, BUT children learn a 2nd language so quickly. Try it out, do the research on the school your child would otherwise be going to, and even spend a day in the school watching what goes on. It is truly amazing in our school. Within 2 weeks my daughter was able to start using simple Spanish.
Mama Cass

Chula Vista, CA

#27 Jul 10, 2013
terri wrote:
Currently, we live in Salem, OR. My husband is entering in the Naval Postgraduate on a sweet scholarship. However, we are very apprehensive to leave this area, for our son, 1st grade, is doing phenomenally well in his dual language (yeppers--Espanol!) classroom. He has 14 native spanish speakers, and there are 12 white kids who's parents are "forcing them" (ahem), to learn Spanish. By the by, these kids love it. As a psych student, let me tell you this--even if you loathe the language, want nothing to do with it, blah blah blah...it is enabling the very malleable brain of a child to learn how to shift back and forth from left to right. Do some research on this before you bash it! We will not move to Monterey if they don't have a language program in place to benefit our son.
Hello Terri,

We're headed to NPS too! I have a kinder daughter I'd love to enroll in a Spanish immersion program...any luck finding anything in the area. I have seen one in Seaside but was wondering if there is any in Pacific Grove.
mark

Seaside, CA

#29 Jul 23, 2013
this land used to belong to the native americans, bottom line. that has nothing to do with now, and the total lack of our borders being enforced by the u.s. govt. I had to report for jury duty recently, at least 6 people requested to be excused from jury duty, because they did not speak, understand the language. When asked how long they had lived in the u.s. it ranged from 10 to 20 years! and we need to learn or speak spanish. follow our laws, learn the language, and become a u.s. citizen first. I am tired of the catering and excuses and cries of our laws, which i am obliged to obey, being unfair. American first, and whatever ones heritage is second. Love it or leave it.
Why do you feel you are entitled to reap the benenfits of a country you dont even care enough to learn the language of? my mother is from a foriegn country. She learned the language, the customs, and legally became a u.s. citizen. Why do you think lawbreakers should be coddled and exceptions be made? Our govt. and businesses that exploit the cheap labor are to blame. Enforce the laws on the books that every other american citizen is obligated to obey. If you feel you are being singled out by our laws, you must be breaking them. simple. Enough is enough.

Since: Jul 13

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#30 Jul 27, 2013
I wonder why my mother was able to learn English when she arrived in America? I guess some people don't have the capacity to learn.

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