Framingham Public Schools Adding Dual-Language Programs at 2 More Elementary Schools

FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Public Schools announced today, November 28, it is expanding it dual-language program to two more schools.

This means four of the nine elementary schools will offer increased opportunities for children in the next school year, according to the public school district.

“This is great news for parents who wish for their child(ren) to be bilingual, bicultural, and bilterate, as the expansion will open the door for more families across the District to immerse their children in a program that delivers meaningful, challenging, and accelerated instruction,” said the district in a press release.

In addition to the current 2-Way Spanish program at Barbieri Elementary School and the newly-implemented 2-Way Portuguese program at Potter Road Elementary School, the District is planning to increase the Dual Language programs to include a Portuguese program at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School and a Spanish program at Brophy Elementary School.

Both Brophy and Woodrow Wilson Elementary Schools have been serving English Learners (ELs) in programs where students are both learning the curriculum in their native language in addition to English.

Next year’s expansion offers programs where native speakers of Spanish or Portuguese and English-speaking students will be taught standards-based grade level curriculum in either Spanish (Brophy) or Portuguese (Wilson), according to the release.

Dual language programs provide an invaluable cultural awareness along with partner language acquisition.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Guidance document on English Language Learners:

A Two Way Immersion (TWI) program is a dual language education model designed to promote bilingualism and biliteracy, cross-cultural competency, and high levels of academic achievement for both native English speakers and English Learners (ELs) from a single language background.

Two-way immersion programs are considered additive bilingual programs because all students develop and maintain their home language while adding a second language to their repertoire. They receive the same core curriculum as all students in the state and instruction is provided through two languages throughout the program.

From a program design perspective, two-way immersion programs must begin in the early grades (PreK–K) and may continue through the secondary level.

The leadership teams and staff at Woodrow Wilson and Brophy have been working closely with the Bilingual Department to strengthen the school culture and to establish productive partnerships, said the press release.

There are various ways that community members can learn more about the programs, next steps for the expansion, or if there are any other questions.

The Bilingual Education Department is hosting two information sessions in December for families that are interested in learning more.

This is especially important as kindergarten registration approaches for the 2019-2020 school year, and parents will be selecting choices for schools.

●      Wednesday, December 5 at 6 p.m. in the Costin Room at the Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington Street

●      Wednesday, December 12 at 6 p.m. in the Costin Room at the Framingham Public Library

The Bilingual Education Department has compiled a Q&A.

Community members can visit the list HERE

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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