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 Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Dual-Language Programs

Dual-language programs in the South Bay rolled out the red carpet recently and showed off their programs to school board members, superintendents, principals, and curriculum administrators from local school districts, universities, businesses, and nonprofits.

The Red Carpet Tour highlighted the dual-language programs at Nestor Language Academy and Chula Vista Learning Community Charter School.

Participants learned about the successes of these programs and experienced dual language in action. Both programs are two-way immersion programs that integrate both English language learners and English-speaking students for instruction in and through two languages.

Tour participants boarded a yellow school bus and were chauffeured to both schools. While in route to the schools, County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Randy Ward told the group how important knowing a second and even a third language was for kids as well as adults. 

The tour included a multi-language serenade by Nestor Language Academy kindergarteners as well as a video presentation at Chula Vista Learning Community Charter. Both schools took tour participants into classrooms where dual-language learning was taking place at all grade levels.  

“The goal of the tours was to share successful dual-language models to help other schools and school districts initiate world-language programs to prepare all students for a global workplace,” said Nenette Adelson-Rodriguez, director of bilingual services at the San Diego County Office of Education.

San Diego County, which opened its first dual-language program in the 1970s, has been at the forefront of the dual language movement.

Research shows that students who know more than one language are better prepared for the global community and the job market. Dual-immersion students perform as well as or better than non-immersion students on standardized tests in English, and immersion students typically develop greater cognitive flexibility, demonstrating increased attention control, better memory, and superior problem‐solving skills as well as an enhanced understanding of their primary language.