Bilingual Education

students playing with blocks The benefits are plentiful. Communication in a familiar language makes it easier for children to understand class work and homework... and it allows their families to take an active role in their education. In the Canutillo ISD Bilingual Education Program, students continue developing their ability to speak their native language while becoming excellent English speakers.

Knowing how to speak and read two languages creates many opportunities for students, who are later able to use their bilingual skills to secure better jobs and to participate fully in society.

Language, Learning, Achievement...
From the moment children are born, the familiar sounds and structures of language become the tools for a lifetime of learning. During the first years of schooling, these tools support children's ability to learn and understand the subjects they are taught, from math to science to history and art. Throughout their lives, language is what allows people to understand the world around them and communicate with one another.

In Canutillo ISD, where children enter bilingual education programs speaking Spanish or another language, students begin learning English immediately. They continue to receive instruction in English over a period of years, until they master the language- but they're also able to learn important subject matter in their native language to ensure they don't fall behind.

Research About How Children Learn Best Tells Us Students In Bilingual Education:
  • Learn English well;
  • Succeed academically;
  • Stay in school;
  • Perform better in important subjects such as math, science and history; and
  • Prepare for the best opportunities in America without losing appreciation for their native language and culture.

The Best Bilingual Programs Are Those That:
  • Expect high achievement from students and hold schools responsible for their success;
  • Have teachers trained to work with children who are learning English;
  • Make the most of children's linguistic and cultural backgrounds; and
  • Can be adapted to different communities, different students, and different schools.

Bilingual education is like every good educational program. It starts by recognizing that each child learns at a different rate. It uses the child's strengths to address his or her weaknesses. And it leads the child toward success in school and beyond.