Bilingual Model 50/50

Bilingual Model 50/50

At Global Idea School, students spend  50% of their day learning in English and 50% of their day learning in Spanish. Throughout the day, students learn the same concepts in both languages, thus acquiring vocabulary to express what they learn in both English and Spanish. This model allows students to grasp knowledge regardless of which language, English or Spanish, is most dominant.

Picture two students called Ana and Pete who are in the same grade. While Ana is fluent in Spanish and has basic knowledge of English, Pete is fluent in English and knows a few words in Spanish. They begin the school day in Spanish, where they learn about the solar system. While Ana learns the names of the planets quickly and asks the teacher many questions, Pete works on acquiring vocabulary in Spanish (planeta, sol, galaxia, Marte, etc.).

After lunch, Ana and Pete begin the English portion of the day and they continue to learn about the solar system. This time, Pete learns the names of the planets quickly and asks the teacher to tell him more about Mars, which he remembers is called Marte in Spanish. Meanwhile, Ana works on acquiring vocabulary in English (planet, sun, galaxy, Mars, etc.). At different moments during the day, they help each other out, which boosts self-esteem and strengthens their friendship.

At Global Idea School:

We establish clear routines and expectations to ease transition

The learning environment is comfortable and safe for learners to “come out of their shell”

We foster peer-to peer support between native English and native Spanish speakers