Dual Language Bilingual Education at MKES

  • Program Goals


    Academic Achievement


    Bilingualism and Biliteracy


    Community of Learners

Grade 2 Writers
Grade 5 Curiosity
  • Since September 2014, MKES has been the home of the DLBE program. DLBE is a bilingual education program in which all academic instruction is delivered in English and Spanish. The advantages of bilingualism are widely recognized. The overall goals of DLBE are to promote:

    • High academic achievement

    • Biliteracy and bilingualism

    • A community of learners with a shared interest in cultural proficiency 

    An article published by the National Institutes of Health concluded, “two-way immersion education is beneficial for both minority- and majority-language elementary students.” It is asserted:

    Bilingual two-way immersion programs provide an effective instructional approach for both minority-language and majority-language elementary-school students. Students … show improved math and reading performance... (The) ability to communicate in two languages and interact with a larger proportion of the population is likely an asset for these students as they enter an increasingly globalized world. We conclude that two-way immersion models are beneficial in multiple ways ... (Biling, 2013, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health).  

Students celebrate "A Milestone in Biliteracy."
  • Research consistently points to advantages for bilinguals, including:

    • enhanced cognitive skills;
    • superior developmental patterns;
    • ability to employ necessary cognitive and social strategies;
    • use of situational clues to promote understanding;
    • enhanced abilities in divergent thinking (the understanding that there is more than one way to look at a problem, and therefore more than one solution is possible)
    • ability to think flexibly and abstractly about language;
    • enjoyment of linguistic possibilities;
    • early emergence of the concept that there are multiple ways to express the same idea;
    • transfer of skills and knowledge from one language to another.

    (Collier and Thomas, 2003, 2009; Marian, Shook, and Schroeder, 2013)