Cape Henlopen Spanish Immersion Program for Students in Elementary School
The Cape Henlopen School District is proud to offer a Spanish language immersion program. This "choice" program offers an opportunity to engage in learning in a non-traditional and exciting way – by immersing students in two languages and cultures: Spanish and English – from kindergarten through 12th grade. Students in the program will become proficient in both languages while learning the same content as their peers outside the program.
What is immersion language study?
It is the fastest-growing and most effective type of world language instruction currently available in U.S. schools. Immersion offers children an opportunity to learn a second language the same way we learn English – by living it. No other type of instruction, short of living in a non-English speaking environment, is as successful.
How does it work?
Immersion offers a rich bilingual experience for young learners. In the classroom, students benefit from not one, but two highly-qualified educators – one for each language. An English-speaking teacher will provide instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics for half the day. Then students will transition to a Spanish-speaking teacher who will deliver lessons in Spanish language arts, science, mathematics, and social studies.
The Spanish-language teacher will speak entirely in Spanish and communicates using a range of strategies including, pictures, songs, games, body language, expressions, drama, etc. Young learners are adept at acquiring language in meaningful contexts. After a brief period at the beginning of the year, students will be encouraged to speak only in Spanish during the Spanish-language portion of the day.
Immersion classes follow the same curriculum, in all content areas, that non-immersion students would follow in any Delaware elementary classroom. They use many of the same materials as their non-immersion peers.