Dual Language Education
For much of the twentieth century, it seemed possible that English could become the world language. It is now clear that we are moving into a multicultural and multilingual world. English appears set to remain the universal language; however, being able to speak and write in only one language is no longer sufficient.
Maryel Dual Language is a form of education that provides content instruction and literacy to all students through two languages, English and Spanish.
The Spanish language is used all day in the primary grades (Preschool), while English and Spanish are used equally in the later grades (Kindergarten-Fifth Grade). Both literacy and content are taught in Spanish and in English over the course of the program. Instruction is delivered in one language at a time without translation. Maryel teachers maintain separation of languages for instruction (no translation).
Skills taught in each language are coordinated to maximize cross-linguistic transfer and support learning in content areas.
Maryel students have greater cognitive flexibility, advanced problem-solving skills, higher-order abstract thinking abilities, and increased creativity. They also show advanced abilities to connect meaning between languages and cognitively make “more room” in the brain for new information.
Children who study in two languages consistently outscore monolingual students on standardized tests. Maryel students have greater success in an educational setting and have the added benefit of greater ease in learning a third language.