is the ideal time to learn a new language and the best time for most
people to acquire complete fluency, flawless pronunciation, and a
natural ease of expression.
This Alternative Educational Program is established at:
ROSEDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
100 Oak Street
Chico, CA 95928
WHAT IS A TWO-WAY IMMERSION PROGRAM?
program offers Chico youngsters at the elementary level the unique and
exciting opportunity of learning to read, write and communicate
naturally in two languages: Spanish and English. Within six years,
students acquire the priceless gift of dual language fluency.
Unified School District's Two-Way Immersion Program groups native
Spanish speakers with native English speakers in the same classroom.
Ideally, one-half of the students are Spanish speakers and one-half are
English speakers. Positive interaction between groups ensures that our
students learn from each other. As friendships build, children become
excited about working and playing in two languages.
on learning academic subjects through Spanish language instruction in
the early grades allows English-speakers to have maximum exposure to
Spanish. Spanish speakers have the opportunity to build a strong base in
their first language, enabling them to be more successful as they begin
to acquire English.
WHAT DOES TWO-WAY IMMERSION EDUCATION PROVIDE?
Two-Way language students…
Develop fluency in two languages: Spanish and English.
Learn in an ethnically, culturally, and linguistically integrated environment.
Enjoy the art, music, and literature of other cultures while developing sensitivity toward other people.
Work cooperatively developing self-esteem and good social interaction skills.
Enrich their appreciation of the cultural diversity of our state.
Experience a wide variety of linguistic and cultural opportunities.
WHAT ARE THE PROGRAM GOALS?
Fluency in communication and literacy in two languages: Spanish and English.
High academic achievement in all subject areas in both languages.
and understanding of other cultures while developing positive attitudes
among students, their families and their communities.
studies of Two-Way Immersion Programs show students who enter such
programs at the kindergarten or first grade level and stay for several
years, meet or exceed established norms for reading, mathematics and
language development in both languages. An ongoing comprehensive
evaluation of Chico Unified School District's Two-Way Immersion Program
will take place.
participation in the Two-Way Immersion Program is important and
essential to the success of the program. You are encouraged to volunteer
in the classroom, to work with your children at home and to participate
in school organizations and activities. You are asked to make a
five-to-seven year commitment to the Two-Way Immersion Program.
curriculum guidelines are followed and grade level competencies are
taught in all subject areas at all levels. Academic excellence is
stressed and literature in both languages is a primary focus throughout
Kindergarten through Grade 1
All subjects taught in Spanish.
Emphasis on oral language development.
20 minutes daily instruction in English.
All subjects taught in Spanish.
Emphasis on continued oral language development.
Daily instruction in English to 45 minutes.
Most subjects taught in Spanish.
Formal instruction in English, reading and writing begins.
English instruction increases to 70 minutes daily.
Instructional time gradually becomes evenly divided between Spanish and English.
The two languages used separately during different periods of instruction.
Reading and writing instruction in both Spanish and English.
Kindergarten students are eligible to participate in this program. As
enrollment in this program is limited, students will be selected from
all schools within Chico Unified School District through a lottery
process on a space-available basis. If you are interested in this
program, please contact: