Dual Language Program (In English)

  • *NOTE:  The Chinese Dual Language Program Registration is still open for incoming Kindergarten students. Please see the link below if you are interested in completing an online Application of Interest Form for the Chinese Dual Language Program.
     

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    Program Design Resources

    Dual Language Programs

    In the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, children in three of our primary schools, two of our middle schools and two of our high schools have the opportunity to become bilingual and bi-literate in two languages, Spanish/English or Chinese/English, through a district Dual Language Immersion Program.  Registration for these programs begins with incoming Kindergarten students.
     
    The program is located at:
    • Bolton Primary School (Chinese), West Linn
    • Lowrie Primary School (Spanish), Wilsonville
    • Trillium Creek Primary School (Spanish), West Linn
    • Inza R. Wood Middle School (Spanish), Wilsonville
    • Rosemont Ridge Middle School (Spanish), West Linn
    • West Linn High School (Spanish), West Linn
    • Wilsonville High School (Spanish), Wilsonville

    Families living in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, but outside the boundaries for Lowrie and Trillium Creek Primary Schools, may request bus transportation through the FamilyLink online system.  Bus service to locations outside the school boundaries is not guaranteed. When feasible, the District will provide a bus stop as close as possible to the requested address.  Families may also request to use an established bus stop for either school.  The Dual Language Programs are for residents of the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.

    Spanish Dual Language Program in Grades K-5 

    We have a 50:50 model, which means that 50% of the instruction is in Spanish and 50% of the instruction is in English.  The program at Lowrie is a two-way immersion program, meaning that half of the students speak Spanish as their first language and half of the students speak English as their first language.  The program at Trillium Creek is primarily a one-way immersion program as almost all of the students are native English speakers, learning Spanish as their second language.

    Spanish Dual Language Program in Grades 6-12

    Students in the two-way immersion program continue on to Wood Middle School for grades 6-8.  They take two of their six classes in Spanish and the other four courses in English. These students mostly attend Wilsonville High School where they take two of their six classes in Spanish. Students in the one-way program attend Rosemont Ridge Middle School and take two of their six classes in Spanish during grades 6-8.

    Mandarin Chinese Dual Language Program in Grades K-5

    Our Chinese Dual Language Program begins with kindergarten in Fall 2022 at Bolton Primary School.  The program follows a 50:50 model with 50% of the instruction in Mandarin Chinese and 50% of the instruction in English.  The program at Bolton is primarily a one-way immersion program because the majority of students are native English speakers, learning Chinese as their second language.

    Mandarin Chinese Dual Language Program in Grades 6-12

    Beginning in Fall 2022 with kindergarten, there will be a grade level added each school year to the one-way immersion program.  Students will continue with the Chinese Dual Language Program at Athey Creek Middle School.  Chinese Dual Language courses will be offered at West Linn and Wilsonville High Schools.

    Chinese Dual Language - Incoming Kindergarten Registration

    1. Registration begins January 4, 2022.  Registration for the Dual Language Program is an online Application of Interest Form (click here for form).  Children must reside in the district at the time of completing the application to participate in the program and lottery.  (If you need assistance completing the online form, please contact your home school office secretary).

      Parents submitting an online incoming Chinese Kindergarten Dual Language Application of Interest Form, must also register their student for kindergarten at their "home school - the school for the boundary you reside in" using the online registration called Synergy. Our system for online kindergarten registration is available on January 31, 2022 - click on this link online registration tool.  If you don't know the school for your home boundary, please call Vickie Lee at 503-673-7010 for assistance.

      Please only submit one Dual Language Program Application.  If you want to confirm your student's application for the Dual Language Program has been received - please contact Vickie Lee at 503-673-7010.

    2. If there is more interest in the program than space available, a lottery will be held on March 11, 2022, 10:30 am. 
         a.  There are 25 places available in each kindergarten class at Bolton, Lowrie and Trillium Creek Primary Schools.  In the Two-Way program at Lowrie, half of the places are held for native Spanish-speakers and half of the places are held for native English-speakers.
         b.   Every year the program is open to all students.  Siblings are not given preference into the program.  However, if a student gets into the program their sibling may also get permission to attend that school.
         c.   After the lottery, parents are notified whether their child was placed in the program or placed on the wait list.
         d.   Parents must confirm their child's placement in the program with the district by a specific date.

    3. Parents who withdraw their child from the program at any time must re-enroll their child (and any siblings) back into their home school.

    4. Parent Information Meeting: The parent information meeting for Bolton, Lowrie and Trillium Creek families will be announced soon.  

    Incoming Kindergarten Dual Language Program Lottery Process for the 2022 - 2023 School Year

    A lottery for the Dual Language program classes will occur on March 11, 2022, 10:30 a.m. because there is more interest than space available in both classes at Lowrie Primary and Trillium Creek Primary schools.  The lottery process is a public event and will be held at the District Office - 22210 SW Stafford Road, Tualatin, in the Board Room.

    The lottery will go forward as planned on March 11.  District officials will be present to observe the lottery and the entire process will be recorded.  After families have been notified of the lottery results, the video recording of the lottery will be available for public viewing.  After March 23, community members may schedule a time to view the video at the district office.  Please contact David Pryor, the assistant superintendent for primary schools, with questions or requests to view the video recording.

    The process for the Dual Language lottery is described in this document.  Please note the underlined dates for communicating results to families and confirming acceptance into the program.

    The West Linn-Wilsonville School District hosted an information night for families of interested incoming kindergarten students. Below is the video recording of that meeting as well as the presentation that was shared.

    Dual Language Programs are for residents of the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.


    Late Placement

    The Term, "late placement" refers to placement in the program any time after December of first grade.

    1. Should an opening in the program occur at any time, the parents of the next child on the Wait List will be contacted.  If the parent(s) pass on the opportunity, their child is removed from the Wait List altogether.
    2. The student is assessed for Spanish literacy.  Students must score on grade level Spanish literacy to join the program OR have previously and continuously been enrolled in a Dual Language Program since Kindergarten.
    3. The family meets with the school principal to learn about the program and make sure the parent(s) support the child's participation in Dual Language.
    4. Student begins to attend school in the Dual Language Program.

    Dual Language Orientation will be held at both schools in May.  Parents of children in the program will be notified of the date and time.

    Program Design:  K-5 Spanish/English Content Areas

     

    Reading

    Writing

    Math

    Science

    Social Studies

    Music, PE

    Kindergarten

    Spanish

    Spanish

    Spanish

    English

    English

    English

    1st Grade

    Spanish

    Spanish

    Spanish

    English

    English

    English

    2nd Grade

    Spanish

    Spanish

    Spanish

    English

    English

    English

    3rd Grade

    English, Spanish

    English,

    Spanish

    Spanish

    English

    English

    English

    4th Grade

    English, Spanish

    English,

    Spanish

    Spanish

    English

    English

    English

    5th Grade

    English, Spanish

    English,

    Spanish

    Spanish

    English

    English

    English

    Target Language Expectations

    Kindergarten - Students may not initiate production of the target language, but will show evidence of understanding basic classroom routines, greetings, and high-repetition vocabulary.  If the target language is the student's first language, he/she is expected to be the language model for the other students.  All students should know what the target language is during that part of the day.
     
    The teacher may expect the student to:
    • Repeat words and phrases
    • Use common phrases in the target language
    • Join in a song or chant

    First Grade - Students will begin to respond in the target language and may or may not initiate production consistently.  If the target language is the student's language, he/she is expected to be the language model for the other students.   All students should know what the target language is during that part of the day.

    The teacher may expect the student to:

    • Repeat words and phrases
    • Use common phrases in the target language
    • Attempt to communicate in the target language
    • Follow directions in the target language
    Second Grade - Students are expected to communicate in the target language with increase in this expectation over the course of the year.  If the target language is the student's first language, he/she is expected to be the language model for the other students.  All students should know what the target language is during that part of the day.
     
    The teacher may expect the student to:
    • Participate in class with phrases or complete sentences
    • Talk to peers in the target language
    • Use the phrase "How do you say..." in the target language when the student does not know a specific word
    Third - Fifth Grade - Students are expected to remain in the target language at all times.  All communication with the teacher should be in the target language.  If the target language is the student's first language, he/she is expected to be the language model for the other student's.  All students should know what the target language is during that part of the day.
     
    The teacher may expect the student to:
    • Participate in class with complete and possibly complex sentences
    • Only hear the target language in the room
    • Use the phrase "How do you say..." in the target language when the student doesn't not know a specific word
    At all Grade levels:
    To encourage the use of the target language in the classroom the teacher will:
    • Model by staying in the target language
    • Provide visuals, sentence stems, language support systems to help access and apply the target language
    • Emphasize the importance of the language
    • Teach Growth Mindset and Celebrate Effort, Perseverance. Grit and Accomplishments
    For further information about the Dual Language Program, please contact Assistant Superintendent Barb Soisson at 503-673-7020, soissonb@wlwv.k12.or.us
     

    Resources

    ¡Colorín Colorado! - A bilingual site for families and educators      http://www.colorincolorado.org/