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Foothills Elementary Partial Spanish Immersion Program

Partial Immersion Program

Several years ago, the vision for Foothills was to provide Spanish immersion classes for all students in each grade level. During the 2018-2019 school year, all 2nd and 3rd grade classes are Spanish immersion classes, and there is a mixture of traditional English and Spanish immersion classes in grades 1, 4, 5 and in Kindergarten.


Based upon a variety of factors such as preferences of families, maximizing the support for students new to Foothills who have no prior Spanish experience, a loss of Spanish instruction for students through a specials class, and staffing and scheduling challenges, Foothills Elementary will no longer be moving towards Spanish immersion for all students. This change will be phased in over time. Eventually, once all changes have been phased in, there will be one Spanish immersion class and two traditional English classes at each grade level.


For the 2018-2019 school year, immersion classes at each grade level are as follows:

 

Kindergarten

One immersion class

Two traditional English classes

First Grade

Two immersion classes

One traditional English class

Second grade

Three immersion classes

Third grade

Three immersion classes

Fourth Grade

One immersion class

Two traditional English classes

Fifth Grade

Two immersion classes

One traditional English class


Instructional Routines for Immersion Classes

 

Kindergarten

Students in Spanish Immersion classes will receive literacy instruction in English and Spanish. Science and Social Studies will be taught in Spanish. Math will be taught in  Spanish. Students in Kindergarten Spanish immersion will have one bilingual teacher. 

First Grade

Students in Spanish Immersion classes will receive literacy instruction in English. Science and /or Social Studies will be taught in Spanish every day. Math will be taught in Spanish every day. Students in first grade Spanish immersion will remain with one bilingual teacher all day.

Second grade

Students in Spanish Immersion classes will receive literacy instruction in English. Science and /or Social Studies will be taught in both Spanish and English depending on the unit of study. Math will be taught in Spanish every day. Students in second grade Spanish immersion will either share two classrooms and two teachers, or will remain with one bilingual teacher all day.

Third grade

Students in Spanish Immersion classes will receive literacy instruction in both English and Spanish. Science and/or Social Studies will be taught in Spanish daily. Math will be taught in English. Students in third grade Spanish immersion will share two classrooms and two teachers, or will remain with one bilingual teacher all day.

Fourth Grade

Students in Spanish Immersion classes will receive literacy instruction in both English and Spanish. Science and/or Social Studies will be taught in Spanish and English. Math will be taught in English. Students in fourth grade Spanish immersion will have a bilingual teacher as a homeroom, but may switch teachers for math or ELA to allow for flexible grouping.

Fifth Grade

Students in Spanish Immersion classes will receive literacy instruction in both English and Spanish. Science, Social Studies, and Writing will be taught daily in both Spanish and English. Math will be taught in English. Students in fifth grade Spanish immersion will share two classrooms and two teachers.


 

Assessment

Students in the Spanish Immersion program will be assessed throughout the school year to determine their language proficiency.  Students will be formally assessed in their language development at the end of the first and third quarter, and assessment results will be communicated to parents at conferences.

 

Role of Parents

• Enrich English language development through vocabulary and reading at home each day.
• Support and encourage your child by celebrating his/her accomplishments.
• Seek out opportunities to use Spanish language skills outside of school.
• Volunteer as a classroom helper--the ability to speak Spanish is not required.
• Parents do not need to speak Spanish for their child to be successful in the Spanish Immersion Program

 

Spanish Immersion Informational Meeting

On September 12th, 2017 we hosted a Spanish immersion informational meeting for parents. Click here to view the presentation from this meeting.

"One language sets you in a corridor for life.  Two languages opens every door along the way."
Frank Smith
"Language and communication are at the heart of the human experience.  The United States must educate students who are equipped linguistically and culturally to communicate successfully in a pluralistic American society and abroad.  This imperative envisions a future in which all students will develop and maintain proficiency in English and at least on other language." (National Standards in Foreign Language Eduation Project, 1999, p.7)

​What does the Research Say? According to the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), learning a language...


  • Leaves students with more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, enchanced cognitive skills, and a better ear for listening.

  • Encourages cross-cultural friendships and opens the door to other cultures and countries.

  • Increases job opportunities in many careers in which knowing another language is a real asset.

  • Enchances knowledge of English structure and vocabulary.

  • Enchances memory and slows age-related decline in mental acuity.

  • Leads to higher scores on standardized tests.

Additionally,

  • Societal benefits include improved global communications and enchanced economic competitiveness abroad.

For information about language immersion, please visit the following sites: