The dual language approach is an educational model that seeks to provide students with instruction in two languages. This approach has been gaining traction in recent years, as educators and parents recognize the benefits of bilingualism. The dual language approach can be used to teach both native and non-native speakers, and can be tailored to meet the needs of any classroom. Here at Intercultural, we combine dual language learning with the Montessori method. Students are immersed in language and culture while benefiting from the individualized, child-centered Montessori approach. Both language learning and Montessori education develop children into curious independent learners. Learn more by reading Intercultural’s Mission & Philosophy.
Benefits of a Dual Language Approach
There are many benefits associated with a dual language approach. For one, it helps students develop proficiency in two languages, which can open up a world of opportunities for them in the future. Additionally, research has shown that bilingual students tend to have better cognitive skills than their monolingual peers. Bilingualism also helps foster cultural awareness and appreciation for different cultures, which is beneficial for both native and non-native speakers. Read more here.
Implementing a Dual Language Approach
When implementing a dual language approach, it’s important to consider the needs of your students and community. This combines very well with the child-centered Montessori approach. You should assess the current language proficiency levels of your students and determine what type of instruction would be most beneficial for them. It’s also important to create an environment that encourages collaboration between native and non-native speakers so that everyone feels comfortable participating in class discussions.
The dual language approach is an effective way to teach both native and non-native speakers in the classroom setting. It offers numerous benefits for students, including increased cognitive skills and cultural awareness. When implementing this approach, it’s important to consider the needs of your students and community.
Learn about our dual language academic programs. We offer Spanish, Chinese Mandarin, and Japanese to children ages 3 through 8th grade. We are Intercultural!
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