Pueblo Academic Programs
Dual Language Immersion
Learn to Speak, Read and Write in two Languages!
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Pueblo DLI Night - Grade Level Proficiency Targets PDF Presentation
Pueblo Elementary is proud to provide children in Scottsdale and the surrounding community with an opportunity to develop multilingual expression. This public school program offers parents an opportunity for their child to learn Spanish as a second language, at a time when children learn best.
Q: What is a Dual Language Immersion Program?
A: English speaking students spend half of the day learning subjects in Spanish and the other half learning in English. Students are taught the appropriate curriculum for their grade, but will hear the subject matter in Spanish.
Both English and Spanish curriculums are in alignment with state testing. Students are provided with ample English instruction in all subjects to prepare for AIMS assessments.
Our world is rapidly shrinking, and we are increasingly dependent upon communication and understanding among people of diverse beliefs and backgrounds. By choosing an immersion program, you are challenging and stimulating your child’s cognitive, social and linguistic development, giving them a unique advantage for tomorrow’s world.
Q: How do students perform academically compared to their peers who are not in a Language Immersion Program?
A: Research has consistently shown that beyond the second year of language learning, students will perform as well as or better than their non-language learning peers.
Q: Who can apply for the Program?
A: We now offer FLI in PreK-5th Grade at Pueblo. The program will continue through middle school and high school. Open enrollment students are encouraged to apply. Pueblo invites student transfers from other programs. Reserve you child’s space by enrolling early. Parents are asked to commit a minimum of seven years to the program to gain maximum benefit. This dedication is necessary for students to be able to read, write and speak in two languages by 6th grade.
Q: Why should I consider a Language Immersion Program?
A: Research has shown immersion to be the most effective way to learn language. For more than 20 years, research in Canada and the United States has documented the impressive development of second language fluency and academic achievement of children in immersion programs. At the same time, immersion students maintain and enrich their native language and literacy skills. Studies have also shown that bilingual students perform better than monolingual students in tasks that call for divergent thinking, pattern recognition and problem solving. Research shows that students who learn a second language at an early age meet or exceed state AIMS standards.
Q: Will I be able to help my child with homework if I don’t speak the language?
A: Many homework assignments are provided in both languages. Online textbooks are available in English for parent reference. Teachers communicate regularly and are available for questions.
Parents are asked to continue reinforcing English language development skills at home by reading and discussing books with their child.
Q: How quickly will my child begin speaking Spanish?
A: There may be an initial adjustment or “silent” period as children begin listening to the new language. A combination of activities, including singing and games, help children feel more comfortable and competent in the program, and they begin speaking by the second grade.
Our software programs include:
Bernies Typing (K-5)
Art Masterpiece is an art enrichment program where Pueblo community member volunteers teach students about selected Masters of the art world, and work with students to complete a hands-on lesson that relates to the artists’ work.
The program is entirely dependent upon our volunteers who present pre-developed lessons planned to support the academic curriculum at each grade level. Lessons last about 45 minutes to one hour. The lessons, resource materials and supplies that volunteers need to present Art Masterpiece lessons are supplied by the Art Masterpiece Parent Coordinator and can be found online at the PTO website. You do not need a background in art to be a volunteer for this program!
If you would like to volunteer to help with the program or if you have any questions, please contact the PTO.