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Section A: General News


Letter: An explanation: Preparing students for the multilingual society




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Editor:

We are excited to offer FISD parents of English speakers the opportunity to choose to participate in the bilingual, dual language immersion program. Three parent meetings have been held this spring to inform parents of this new option. Interested parents have signed up and have been asked to observe a bilingual classroom. To learn more about a Bilingual, Dual Language Immersion program you can visit http://bit.ly/1hsmFez.

The state requires districts to collect a Home Language Survey for every student. This information is used to identify English Language Learners (ELLs) -- students who are learning the English language in addition to their native language. If there are more than 20 students identified as being ELL’s in a grade level in elementary, the state mandates a bilingual program be provided for those ELL students.

FISD has offered a bilingual program for many years. For the 2014-15 school year, a dual language immersion program will be implemented in pre-k through first grade. Dual language is an educational model that integrates native English speakers and native Spanish speakers as they learn together for the entire school day. By placing importance on both languages, we are preparing FISD students for the multicultural, multilingual society in which we live. Research has shown that both Spanish speakers and English speakers benefit from this instructional model.

SHERRI BAYS, Ed.D.

Superintendent, Floresville ISD
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
May 13, 2014 12:16pm
 
Accomplishments are often attained due to the lack of knowledge that they cannot be done. Kemo Sabe.

 
James Branum  
Grand Prarie, TX  
May 13, 2014 5:10am
 
Be Careful... Your reply does indicate a touch of supernatural ability to detect a hint of 'stercore tauri' in my comments. LOL

 
Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
May 12, 2014 1:59pm
 
Prairie, I see you were telling whoppers last week: "I just let the written word speak for itself without any imagined additions." I am sure I have read many sentences with hidden meaning; conjecture; play on ... More ›

 
Winston Shaffer  
Floresville, TX  
May 12, 2014 1:30pm
 
Not sure, Dr Bays addressed my concerns. However, the people have been informed as best as I know how and they will do as they please. My only recommendation is: if you are going to have a native English speaking child who ... More ›

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
May 10, 2014 5:48am
 
Bob Pritts..... From a bloviating degreed individual. "If you'll notice, I've only ever commented much on any blogs in the past until a few months ago. So, I'm going to take your advice and not comment to him or ... More ›

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
May 10, 2014 4:41am
 
Yep, I told Wilbur that his contraption would never get off the ground. Based on research by self proclaimed experts, I informed him that if God had intended for man to fly, he would've given him wings. :-)

 
GEEZER  
LA VERNIA  
May 9, 2014 12:49pm
 
Has anybody stopped to wonder how the answer to Mr. Shaffer's letter to the editor was answered in the same issue? Answers usually take a week. Just sayin'.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 9, 2014 5:31am
 
Bob Pritts.... Congratulations on your support for the dual language program. You can never start too early in preparing the children to compete in the ever increasing competition for 'Tour Guide' jobs. :-)

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 9, 2014 5:16am
 
One disadvantage of teaching students to communicate in more than one language is the enhanced ability to spread their institutional induced stupidity to a larger group.

 
Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
May 8, 2014 4:49pm
 
newguyntown, You're right. Grouch is nothing more than a pedantic agitator on every blog presented. If you'll notice, I've only ever commented much on any blogs in the past until a few months ago. So, I'm going to take ... More ›

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