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German Language Acquisition Option

Students placed in the German Language Acquisition Program will be instructed in the core academic subjects in English. German will be the acquisition language. Additionally all students will participate in 100 minutes per week of instruction in Spanish. In class differentiation is a key element of the program as students use the inquiry cycle, key concepts and the approaches to learning skills to connect learning across all core subjects.



The instructional methodologies and techniques used in the Foreign Language Acquisition Model will remain the same as the current Dual Language Immersion Program:

  • Instruction will be “sheltered” to enable students to achieve comprehensible input at all times utilizing already familiar Guided Language Acquisition Delivery (GLAD) strategies.
  • Lessons will be planned and implemented with content and language objectives clearly defined.
  • Language learning strategies will be taught explicitly and systematically to support and enhance rapid and efficient language acquisition and content learning.
  • Metalinguistic knowledge will be taught explicitly and systemically to enhance contrastive and analytical abilities across students’ English, German, Spanish (or any other) languages.