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Two-Way Spanish Bilingual Program

English Language Spanish

The Two-Way model brings together students dominant in Spanish (50%) and English (50%) in a specially designed academic program. The Two-Way Program follows the same curriculum as standard classes; the difference is the language of instruction. Students begin in kindergarten spending 80% of their day in Spanish. By 3rd grade 50% of instruction in language arts, math, science and social studies is in English, and 50% is in Spanish (Lessons taught in one language are not repeated in the other). It’s a program in which students develop language proficiency in two languages by receiving instruction in English and a partner language in a classroom that is comprised of approximately half native English speakers and half native partner language speakers.  Content curricula are taught in both languages to the integrated group of students.

Two Way Program Showcase 2018

Students in the Abriendo Puertas Secondary Two-Way program continue with their study of Spanish at Walsh Middle School and Framingham High School. Students who successfully complete all of the requirements of the secondary program will be recognized during the high school graduation ceremony. 

Program Goals

  • Become bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English;
  • Progress academically according to the same curriculum used in the standard classrooms;
  • Develop positive cross-cultural relationships and positive attitudes toward their own culture and that of others.

Program Features

  • Initial development of literacy skills (reading and writing) takes place in Spanish.
  • In Kindergarten and grade 1 students spend 80% of their day learning in Spanish and 20% in English.
  • In grade 2 the amount of time in Spanish decreases to 70% and the amount of time in English increases to 30%.
  • Special subject classes: art, music and physical education are always taught in English.
  • English Language Development (ELD) teachers provide additional instructional support to Two-Way classrooms.
  • All staff is trained in language immersion strategies to ensure full access to academic content.

Program Benefits

  • Improving academic achievement;
  • Developing mental flexibility and creativity;
  • Developing higher level thinking skills;
  • Maintaining their native language and culture while acquiring a second language;
  • Collaborating with students from diverse backgrounds.

Where is Two-Way Program Offered?

Learn more about the Two-Way Portuguese Program at Potter Road (Grades K, 1 and 2) and at Woodrow Wilson (Kindergarten and 1rst grade)

How can my child participate? 
Enrollment in the Two-Way Bilingual program is open to every new kindergarten student. Seats are filled through a lottery process. It is difficult for students to enroll after kindergarten because they must already have substantial proficiency in the second language. In order to preserve the integrity of this program parents are asked to carefully consider both the appropriateness of and their desire for this choice for their child, as well as the long-term commitment that is required. (A Letter of Commitment must be signed  in order to be considered for the lottery).



¿Qué es el Two-Way Bilingual Program - Programa bilingüe de doble vía?
Es un programa en el cual los estudiantes desarrollan el dominio de dos idiomas simultáneamente al recibir tanto en inglés como en otro idioma asociado en una clase compuesta por aproximadamente una mitad de hablantes nativos de inglés y otra mitad de hablantes nativos del idioma asociado. El currículo académico se enseña en ambos idiomas a un grupo integrado de estudiantes.

Haga clic aquí para más información sobre el Programa Bilingüe Two-Way (de doble vía) en Framingham High School

Learn more about the Two-Way Portuguese Program at Potter Road (Grades K, 1 and 2) and at Woodrow Wilson (Kindergarten and 1rst grade)




O que é um Programa Bilíngue Two-Way ?
Bilíngue Two-Way é um programa em que os alunos desenvolvem proficiência em duas línguas, recebendo instrução em inglês e no idioma associado em uma classe que é composta de aproximadamente metade dos estudantes falantes de inglês e, a outra metade, falantes do idioma associado. O conteúdo acadêmico é ensinado nas duas línguas para este grupo integrado de estudantes.

Learn more about the Two-Way Portuguese Program at Potter Road (Grades K, 1 and 2) and at Woodrow Wilson (Kindergarten and 1rst grade)

Learn more about other Bilingual Programs:

SEI Program
TBE Program
Two-Way Portuguese Bilingual Program