English - Spanish Two Way Program



The Two-Way language English-Spanish program is based upon a model of Dual language immersion programs that exist nationwide in various different languages. The design of the program is also based upon current research about how children best learn languages.Achievement results of students in such programs also indicate a much higher level of academic performance.The Two-Way program includes English speaking and Spanish speaking students who also serve as models for their peers. Students are seen as language experts for each other in a classroom situation where their second language is the mode of instruction.

The vision of the Two-Way Program is for all students to become Bilingual, Bi-literate and Bi-cultural within the languages of English and Spanish.The Two-Way Dual Language program is a learning community which incorporates students from different cultural backgrounds while promoting the growth of both languages. Students will develop academic, linguistic, social and cultural skills within four language domains (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking).These skills will help them become active and successful members of our connected global society.

Beginning in Kindergarten through Grade 5 students are in mixed groupings receiving instruction in literacy and all content areas using a 50% English and 50% Spanish time allotment.The goal is to give students sustained and consistent lengths of time in both languages to develop mastery.

The Two Way Dual Language Program is enhanced through the collaborative efforts of the teachers.The teaching teams consist of two teachers, one of which is bilingual.The team works together to plan and design lesson units for the grade level, within the framework of the program and using the districts, state and national required standards for all subject areas.


The role of the parents in the two-way language program is essential in helping the school achieve its goal of bilingual and bicultural students. Parents will be expected to make a commitment when registering their child for the program. The commitment asks parents to be actively involved in their child’s education and participate in the school whenever possible. Parents, even if they do not speak the language, can support their child’s learning of another language through their positive attitudes.

Goals of the Program

The goals of the two-way language program are the following:

  • Students will be able to read, write, and speak in English and Spanish.
  • Students learn the two languages while they learn math, science, and social studies
  • Students learn from each other about the two languages and the cultures of the people who speak those two languages.
  • Students and teachers engage in multicultural themes, events and academic topics with goal of becoming global citizens and promote a mindset for college and career readiness.

Student Selection Procedures

Parents interested in having their incoming Kindergarten student attend the Two-Way program will ask for a Lottery Request form at the time of kindergarten registration.These students’ names are entered into a lottery if the number of parents/children interested exceed the amount of seats available.This lottery is held in a public forum and is conducted to allow an equal number of boys and girls for both Spanish and English speakers.The initial number of students drawn from the lottery will be screened by the teachers who use the current kindergarten screening, an oral language assessment, and an interview process to determine whether or not this language program is appropriate for the child. Acceptance to this program will be contingent upon the screening and interview process. Parents will receive a letter by mail informing them of their child’s status.

If a parent/child successfully wins a seat in the lottery, the child’s name will be removed from other lotteries and school choice. However, if a parent is unsuccessful in acquiring a seat in the two-way language program, the child’s name will be remain in other lotteries and school choice as requested by the parents.

Parents will be asked to attend an informational orientation session at the school to ask questions and sign a letter of commitment stating that they commit to keep their child in the program up through fifth grade.

Note: Siblings of children already in the program will automatically be screened for the program. However, the sibling must be completely registered before the lottery takes place and the acceptance of the sibling is contingent on the screening and interview process.

For further information or questions, please feel free to call 508-5807508 or email:

Ms. Kellie Jones, Director of Bilingual-ESL Services at kelliemjones@bpsma.org

Ms. Vula Roumis, Dept Head K-8- Bil/ESL Services, Two Way Coordinator at vulakroumis@bpsma.org

Links for Dual Language/Two-way Language Programs

Center for Applied Linguistics’ Two Way Programs Link offers a collection of articles and resources online including a database of programs throughout the United States http://www.cal.org/content/search?SearchText=Dual+...

National Clearinghouse for English Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs’ Links for Two Way Programs offers another collection of sites offering research on the effectiveness of two-way programs


Modern Language Association’s brochure, Knowing Other Languages Brings Opportunities, provide a whole host of reasons students benefit from learning a second language.

Massachusetts Educators of English Language Learners(MATSOL) –a teacher’s professional state organization devoted to providing professional development, disseminating current research, student, family and teacher advocacy and academic support for language learners and teaching professionals.http://www.matsol.org/

Massachusetts Association of Bilingual Education (MABE)– a nonprofit organization for educators, families, and policy makers.Their mission includes to identify, promote and disseminate research-based programs and practices that support bilingualism and multiculturalism for educational success.http://www.massmabe.org/

Directory of Programs in Massachusetts (see MABE) –


Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA)- a non-profit service organization committed to the professional growth of its members and to the promotion of quality teaching and learning of languages and cultures from kindergarten through the college level and beyond. http://mafla.org/

Please feel free to contact us for further research, articles and current updates about Dual Language Programming.Department of Bilingual/ESL Services at #508-580-7508.