Big Progress: Dual Immersion Program Prepares Mooresville Students for Multi-Global Society | Local News


Kate stevens

On a rainy Tuesday morning, Tamara Bravo’s kindergarten class at Park View Elementary School sat in a semicircle on a colorful mat gathered around their teacher. They enthusiastically identified the colors and answered questions about the weather and what clothing they might need – all traditional kindergarten programs.

There was a different thing about Bravo’s class, however. All her questions and all the students’ answers were in Spanish, in Spanish. Bravo students are among 242 preschools and elementary schools participating in a double immersion program in Spanish offered for the first time this school year at all three elementary schools in the Mooresville School District.

The first term of the academic year is not yet over, but the young students clearly understood Bravo’s prompts and questions even though she asked in a foreign language. Already his 5 and 6-year-old students can request to use the toilet entirely in Spanish, Bravo said. In the hallway of the first year of the school, students read and speak complete sentences in Spanish and English.

“Six weeks later, the progress they are making is just amazing,” said MGSD Superintendent Stephen Mauney during a tour of the Park View immersion class with several school board members.

The students were enrolled in the immersion program by their parents and then selected to participate in the program in a lottery organized before the start of school. Immersion students learn to speak, understand, read and write in Spanish and English two days a week, with Friday being a day shared between Spanish and English, said Jemma Conley, MGSD Elementary Program Coordinator .

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