September 15, 2011

New Resource for Dual Language Standards: Guidance for Spanish Language Arts in Dual Language


Guidance for Spanish Language Arts in Dual Language

By Mid-Atlantic Equity Assistance Center and the District of Columbia Public Schools' Office of Bilingual Education

Until now, little cohesive documentation has been available for schools with dual language and Spanish immersion programs to guide Spanish language arts curriculum and instruction. The resource, Normas para la enseñanza de las artes del lenguaje en español para programas de inmersión doble, addresses this need. As many states move toward adopting the Common Core Standards for English language arts, this tool can help dual language programs ensure that students are prepared to meet standards for Spanish that meaningfully correspond with those for English.

Carried out as a joint project of the Mid-Atlantic Equity Center at GW-CEEE and the District of Columbia Public Schools’ (DCPS) Office of Bilingual Education, the Normas are aligned to the Common Core Standards. They take into account the linguistic differences between the Spanish and English languages, and the methodological differences in Spanish and English literacy instruction and traditional Spanish literacy learning expectations. Most importantly, they delineate expectations for Spanish literacy development.

Learn more and download the guide at

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