With fluency in a second language, your child’s opportunities are endless.
Participate Learning provides exposure to global concepts and cultures without students ever having to leave their school. Our dual language program has a significant impact on student achievement, schools, and communities. Our K-5 dual language program targets language instruction to build strong foundations in biliteracy development in English and Spanish. A separate program at the middle school level provides opportunities for continued growth and preparation for advanced foreign language classes.
Language learning from native speakers
Our language immersion teachers are highly qualified and experienced educators from 14 different Spanish-speaking countries. These ambassadors come from diverse backgrounds, bringing a rich cultural knowledge to their classroom each day, which ensures students are taught in an authentic language environment.
K-5 language learning and immersion
Our dual language programs feature rigorous implementation, as well as quality programming and instructional support. At the elementary level, language learning through dual language immersion can take either of the following two forms:
Full immersion model
In the full immersion model, 90 percent of instruction is delivered in Spanish, the target language.
In the 50/50 immersion model, instruction is balanced between the target language, Spanish, and English in equal parts.
Advantages as a dual language student
- Bilingual and biliterate
- Increased cultural understanding
- Enhanced cognitive skills
- Improved self-esteem
- Proven performance on standardized tests
- Preparation for a global society and marketplace
“This is a terrific program and a wonderful opportunity for the children. The biggest benefit is not simply the acquisition of a second language, but the use of higher-order thinking skills.”
— Janet Mayers, Elon Elementary School parent
Bilingualism and fluency in multiple languages continue to be highly sought after skills in the U.S. job market. Students have the greatest chance to start learning a second language during early childhood when their brains are primed for language acquisition.
To continue on the path to fluency, students need to continue using their language skills. How can we bridge the gap between elementary immersion opportunities and language classes offered at the high school level?
6-8 language learning
(Spanish in middle school)
Conexiones is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary middle school curriculum developed by Participate Learning. Conexiones supports post-immersion and heritage language learners as they transition out of elementary school and prepare for the rigors of middle school and advanced language courses in high school.
Spanish outside the classroom
The Conexiones curriculum empowers students to use their language skills to communicate authentically, learn about different cultures, and make connections across disciplines and issues. Students learn competencies by completing projects centered on the Sustainable Development Goals. By working on these projects in their local community and connecting with classrooms abroad, students are actively changing their future while gaining the necessary skills to become bilingual global leaders.
Benefits for middle school students
- Nurture growth across all four domains (speaking, writing, listening, and reading)
- Preparation for advanced Spanish classes in high school
- Increase the likelihood of students becoming trilingual
- Exposure to native Spanish speakers through virtual exchange opportunities
Benefits for program partners
- Access to resources and materials, including fully developed curriculum to continually challenge students as they progress
- Lessons aligned with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) standards, ACTFL standards and Common Core ELA Standards
- Global school and dual language kits containing branded and instructional classroom materials
- Professional development for educators, including online Communities of Practice