K-12 Dual Language Academy at James Madison University

K-12 Dual Language Academy at James Madison University

June 26July 1

The K-12 Dual Language Academy aims to support new and existing Dual Language programs by digging in to the things that make Dual Language programs special: developing bilingual, bi-literate, and multicultural students. The format is like a well-integrated conference with multiple expert presenters and time for deep discussions. Topics will include:

  • goals and outcomes of Dual Language programs
  • materials and resources in the minority language
  • eliciting student talking and writing
  • maximizing the daily schedule
  • working with parents in both languages
  • using poetry in the minority language
  • and much more!

The Academy is ideal for Dual Language teachers, partner English teachers, reading specialists, administrators, and support staff. Sessions will be conducted primarily in English although appropriate breakout sessions in other languages may be included.

The 2016 Content Teaching Academy sessions begin at 8:30 Monday, June 27 and conclude at noon on Friday, July 1. On Monday-Thursday, the daily schedule is set up much like a high school 4×4 block schedule, with two 1.5 hour sessions in the morning and two 1.5 hour sessions in the afternoon. Breaks with snacks and beverages are provided between sessions in both the mornings and afternoons. Participants who are enrolled in an Academy for graduate credit must attend two additional sessions scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

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