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Bilingual Program

Bilingual Program




The goal of New Mexico’s Bilingual Multicultural Education Programs (BMEPs) are for students to: Become bilingual and biliterate in two languages: English, and Spanish: and Meet state academic content standards and benchmarks in all subject areas.



What are Dual Language Education Programs?

The definition of dual language education encompasses the following components:

  • The program Involves instruction in English and Spanish.
  • The program involves separation of language where only one language is used during instruction at any given time.
  • Both native English speakers and Spanish speakers are participants.



The goals of dual language programs are:

High levels of bilingual proficiency.

Grade level literacy in English and Spanish.

Content area achievement at or above grade level.



Benefits of being literate in two languages


  • The ability to speak, read, and write is an asset in the global society.


  • Students who learn two languages often have linguistic, cognitive, and cultural advantages over monolingual speakers of either language.



The Guiding Principles of dual language programs consider the following:

  • Assessment and Accountability
  • Curriculum
  • Instruction
  • Staff Quality and Professional Development
  • Program Structure
  • Family and Community
  • Support and Resources






Deming Schools with dual language programs

  • Bataan - 90:10 - K-5th
  • Bell - 50:50 - K-4th
  • Columbus - 50:50 - K-5th
  • RST - 50:50 - K-5th
  • Deming Intermediate 50:50 - 6th
  • Red Mountain - 50:50 - 7-8th
  • Deming High - 50:50 - 9-12th



Spanish is the second most widely used language in the United States and is becoming increasingly important for business, trade, schools, government agencies, the legal system, the media, advertising, the internet, politics, and the private sector.

"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way." Frank Smith


Resources

Duolingo

Duolingo is an American language-learning website and mobile app, as well as a digital language proficiency assessment exam.

English Learner Tool Kit

The English Learner Tool Kit helps state and local education agencies help English Learners (ELs)

Two-Way & Dual Language Education

The Association of Two-Way & Dual Language Education (ATDLE) was formed into a national organization in 2013 having been part of a state organization for over ten years.

Contact Us! 575-543-1000

Deming Public Schools Bilingual Program



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