Local school prepares to launch dual immersion program

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – School is right around the corner for Pitt County students, and for one local elementary school, that means kicking off a new dual immersion program.

Belvoir Elementary School is launching the program this school year with its kindergartners. Called Dos Mundos, or two worlds, it’s designed to give all students an accelerated education

Students will take classes taught in both Spanish and English, with instruction split evenly between the two. This year, they’ll have two classes with a total of 48 students in the program. Parents had the choice of whether or not to opt in.

Belvoir hired two new teachers from Honduras and one from Costa Rica to teach in this program. They went through training in Chapel Hill last week, and are training at the school this week.

Assistant Principal Lakeesha Lynch tells WNCT 50 percent of their students are native Spanish speakers, so this will greatly benefit them.

“It will allow them to basically get instruction in their own language at least half of the time which helps them to better comprehend and understand,” Lynch said.

Research shows this type of 50-50 instruction produces totally bi-literate and bilingual students.

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