Moore Elementary Starts Dual-Language Learning for Youngest Students

Zach Smith, TCPalm.com (Fort Pierce, Florida), August 13, 2008

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[Chester A. Moore Elementary] will become the first in St. Lucie County to host a dual-language program that provides instruction in English and Spanish for students in kindergarten and pre-kindergarten.

C.A. Moore Principal Keith Davis said the curriculum, commonly referred to as a 50:50 immersion program, will help Spanish-speaking students learn English while providing English-speaking students with an opportunity to start learning Spanish at an early age.

Classes will be composed of native Spanish- and English-speaking students. A teacher who is a native English speaker will teach half of the class time in English only, and a teacher who is a native Spanish speaker will provide instruction speaking only Spanish during the other half of class.

The dual-language curriculum will meet the same district grade-level requirements for students enrolled in standard pre-K and kindergarten programs.

Social studies and science lessons will be in Spanish, while math lessons will be in English. Concepts will then be reinforced in the opposite language from which they were learned through reading and writing activities.

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 Students by Ethnicity 

 This School 

 CT School Average 

% American Indian

n/a

n/a

% Asian

1%

2%

% Hispanic

40%

27%

% Black

42%

% White

18%

47%

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