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Dual Language and ESL

Our Emergent Bilinguals (EBs) are provided language acquisition supports through either a Dual-Language program or a second language pull-out program model.  This an English program serves students identified as English language learners by providing English language arts instruction while the student remains in a mainstream instructional arrangement in the remaining content areas. 

Dual Language model

For Spanish-speaking students, we offer a dual language, one-way immersion program. This program is an educational model in which native Spanish speakers receive instruction in both English and Spanish to promote second language acquisition and high academic achievement. Language learning takes place primarily through content instruction. Linguistic proficiency in both languages occurs as students develop their knowledge of subject matter through performing academic tasks. 

The bilingual education program has the same high expectations for our students regarding the state-required curriculum, simply with linguistic modifications while they are on the road to becoming proficient in English. The goal is for our students to master the state curriculum at or above grade level and learn English at a high academic level. Our ultimate goal is to promote instructional and language programs that produce bi-literate, bilingual, and bi-cultural students that will benefit and impact both our community and the world.



We also offer English as a Second Language to students who speak a language other than English.  Students in our English as a Second Language (ESL) program benefit from instruction that is geared toward the needs of second-language learners.  Our methodology focuses on delivering rigorous instruction in all the content areas through implementation of the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) in all content areas in order to facilitate increased English proficiency while building academic language. In addition, all secondary English learners receive targeted and intensive language support in an ESL course that is supplemental to their English class.


For more information, visit the GISD Bilingual Department.