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Language Immersion

Spanish language immersion programs

Language immersion is an educational approach in which students are taught the curriculum content through a second language. Students receive math, science, or social studies instruction in a target language, such as Spanish. Because of the teaching strategies used, students are able to develop literacy skills in both English and the target world language while attaining academic achievement that is at or above their grade level. In addition, students will develop a world cultural sensitivity.

Language immersion is a wonderful vehicle to prepare our students academically, linguistically and socially for the challenges and needs of our global community.

Why Spanish?

Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the United States, and according to a recent Bloomberg report, the fourth most important international business language after English.

Delaware professionals such as those in medicine, international trade, pharmaceuticals, the oil and gas industry, power industry, luxury good and other transportation technologies encompass extensive Spanish-speaking networks locally and around the world. Students who learn Spanish perform better on standardized test since more than 50% of modern-day English words trace their origins to Spanish. This means that students learning Spanish as a new language have a relatively quick learning curve which can boost their confidence in learning a new language.

What does a day in Spanish Immersion look like?

The kindergarten day is divided into halves. Half of the day spent in the english classroom, half in the spanish classroom: 

Subjects taught in the English Classroom:

• Language Arts

• Social Studies

• Bridging Lessons

Subjects taught in the Immersion Classroom:

• Math

• Spanish Literacy

• Science

Have questions about our  Immersion program?

Contact us! Two Locations!

Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary School
4050 Wrangle Hill Rd, Bear, DE 19701
Phone: (302) 832-6330
elizabeth.howell@colonial.k12.de.us

Pleasantville Elementary School
16 Pleasant Place, New Castle, DE 19720
Phone: (302) 323-2935
renee.griffith@colonial.k12.de.us