Columbine’sTwo-Way Biliteracy Program (TWBP) Overview
The goal of the program is to make our school’s vision a reality.
What is the name of our program?
Columbine’s bilingual program can be classified as a Two-Way Biliteracy Program, meaning that Spanish and English are learned by all populations during the ‘Literacy block’.
How is instruction organized for students with different language backgrounds?
Throughout the day, students will be grouped in three different ways. We refer to this organizational strategy as the TRIO. The ‘Trio’ of instructional groupings refers specifically to the three ‘language groupings’ that occur during the school day: L1 (first language), L2 (second language) and integrated group instruction (a mixed group of students with diverse language backgrounds).
L1 Time: During this time, students are grouped together homogeneously to receive instruction in their native or home language (second language for students whose first language is other than English or Spanish)
L2 Time: During these time,students are grouped together homogeneously to receive instruction in their second language (third language for students whose first language is other than English or Spanish)
Integrated Group Time: During this time, students from these different language groups are grouped together heterogeneously to learn content in English.
Since students’ needs are met by a team of teachers, coordinated instruction across languages occurs on a regular basis. This is planned for carefully by the English and Spanish literacy teachers in order to transfer and build on, but not duplicate, what is learned in the other language.
What are the highlights of Columbine’s TWBP?
During the literacy block instructional planning follows with fidelity the implementation of the Literacy 2® (Literacy Squared) framework. The L2® is a literacy intervention project designed by researchers at the University of Colorado. The four mandatory components of Literacy2® are:
- Rigorous first language literacy instruction
- Literacy- based second language instruction
- Oral Language development- Focus on Oracy
- Explicit connections between Spanish and English. This includes Contrastive Analysis of Languages which refers to the explicit teaching of the similarities and differences between English and Spanish languages.
How is Math, Social Studies and Science taught?
These content areas will be taught in English. Math instruction and support in Spanish will be offered to native Spanish speaking children when instructionally appropriate and will vary by grade level.