Embrace Our Bilingual Program
We have combined puppetry English language lessons and STEAM subject content to develop English language learning. In conjunction with first language instruction, non-English-speaking students receive core instruction along with ESL lessons.
Using contextualized language, students are introduced to puppet characters from different cultures and with special needs. Students are encouraged to understand acceptance and respect through the values based GIA curriculum. Contextualized learning continues with LEGO in STEAM based lessons where students problem solve and build structures using both English language and mother tongue.
The bilingual program builds on vocabulary, grammar, writing and reading skills as each year progresses. As students advance, subjects such as social studies and language arts are introduced to enable students to gain diploma credit with GIA. Students are assessed formally with standardized language exams. Eventually students will be able to sit in mainstream GIA diploma classes. In this way, the bilingual classes function as a bridge between English language instruction and the mainstream.
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