Bilingual Education

Spanish Bilingual Immersion Program

What is a Bilingual Immersion Program?
In a bilingual program students do some of their normal classes in both English and another language. It is a type of immersion learning. There are currently a small number of primary schools offering bilingual education in Victoria and certainly no nearby schools currently offering bilingual Spanish.

What does learning look like NPS?
At Newlands the curriculum is delivered both through Spanish and English. the students currently undertake Literacy and Numeracy both in English and in Spanish. As Spanish was introduced to Newlands in 2016 the students are currently at different stages of the Immersion journey, however all year levels currently undertake Spanish Literacy and Mathematics lessons every day.

Each cohort has English classroom teachers and Spanish classroom teachers which grade share. That means that your child will be taught by more than one teacher; an English classroom teacher and a Spanish classroom teacher. The English teachers are responsible for delivering parts of the Victorian Curriculum for Literacy and Numeracy in English and the Spanish classroom teachers are responsible for delivering parts of the Victorian Curriculum for Literacy and Numeracy in Spanish.

The Literacy and Numeracy lessons are conducted in Spanish 90-100% of the time. We use a method of teaching and learning called Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).

Why Spanish?

Spanish has the second highest number of native speakers worldwide and is one of the most widely understood languages in the world. Spanish is spoken by over 400 million people in over 20 different countries across four continents. Spanish is the official language of most of Latin America. It is also widely spoken in Israel, Morocco, the Philippines, and the United States of America, where 40 million people are native Spanish speakers. It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

At Newlands Primary School most of our Grade 6 students attend the local neighbouring secondary school, Coburg High School. By offering the same language as Coburg High School it maximises the likelihood that our students will be able to continue their language studies to secondary and, possibly, tertiary level.

Why Learn Spanish? Department of Education 
https://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/school/teachers/teachingresources/discipline/languages/whylearnspanish.pdf

 

Benefits of Bilingual Education

Bilingual education has been shown to have many benefits for students and school communities. Students who undertake bilingual education have been shown to perform at above average levels on English and Mathematics. It also leads to increased understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity.

Research
https://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/9183/20130831/learning-new-language-has-significant-impact-on-brian-structure.htm
Science World Report – 31 August 2013. The age at which children learn a new language can have a significant impact on the adult brain structure.

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/school/teachers/teachingresources/discipline/languages/jurisdictions.pdf
(2011) – A research report outlining the benefits of language learning for the individual, community and society. It contains key messages for school leaders, teachers, parents, students and the broader community about the importance of languages learning and what makes an ‘excellent’ language program.

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