Bilingual, Dual Language, & ESL
Welcome to Faith Family Academy Charter School. Faith Family Academy has embraced the concept of developing children to be bilingual and bi-literate. In 2009, Faith Family began implementing the Dual Language Program with few students and has seen tremendous progress in both academics and language learning. In the 2016-2017, we will begin the expansion of the Dual language Program. All students in Prekindergarten and Kindergarten will participate in the program. The districtwide program will grow each year by adding 1 grade level. Current students enrolled in grades in the Dual language Program will continue with the current program model.
Our English and Spanish speaking students learn primary and secondary languages in a 50/50 language immersion program. This means that students are instructed in English and Spanish on alternate days during the school week.
We are very excited about our new expansion plan and know that you will be equally excited to see your child progress in two languages. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Dual language Director, Tonie Garza at 972-224-4110.
Mollie Purcell, Superintendent
- What is Dual Language?
- What is Two-Way Immersion?
- What is the goal of a Two-Way Dual Language Program?
- What are the benefits?
- Who can participate?
- What program does Oak Cliff Faith Family Academy offer?
Two-Way Immersion is an enrichment program where two groups of language learners are actively engaged in learning in the same classroom. Two languages are acquired by all students by learning in and through the language of the day. The Two-Way Immersion program is a 50/50 model that presents instruction in Spanish 50% of the time and in English the other 50%. Native English speakers and native Spanish speakers are grouped together to provide peer language models from whom they can learn.
The benefits of a Two-Way Dual Language Program are that students acquire high levels of proficiency in two languages. Students will also improve their communication skills with members of other cultural groups. Because of the academic rigor the students will accelerate their academic success through higher order thinking skills in two languages. Another benefit is that the students and families will have a greater appreciation for diversity. After years of participation in the Two-Way Dual Language Program the students will increase their future career opportunities.
Bachelor of Science
Associate of Art
Masters in Bilingual Education
Bilingual Program Design:
Bilingual education is a required program that allows for academic instruction in the student's primary language, while simultaneously emphasizing a carefully structured development of the English language and abilities to function successfully in English. The amount of instruction in each language shall be commensurate with the students' linguistic proficiency and academic potential in both languages.
At Faith Family Academy, FFA, bilingual instruction is equal to understandable instruction. Students shall receive primary language instruction on grade level to master the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Students are expected to perform at the same level of their English-speaking peers. ESL instruction must occur daily in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students acquire a second language in stages and as a student progresses in the acquisition of English, the level of difficulty in the ESL instruction is increased.
Faith Family Academy has two models of bilingual education. The One-Way Dual Language model is for English learners only. Students are simultaneously learning English and Spanish in grades PK-5. By grade 2, instruction is delivered 50% of the time in each language.The Two-Way Dual Language model is for students who are English only speakers and English learners (Spanish speakers). English speakers are assigned to an English teacher and the English learners are assigned to a Spanish teacher. Throughout the day, the two classes are grouped into two mixed classes. The students will rotate from English instruction to Spanish instruction daily.
ESL Program Design
The English as a Second Language (ESL) program is an intensive program designed to develop a English Language Learners proficiency in the listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the English language. The ESL program integrates the English Language Proficiency Standards, ELPS, at all levels.Language Arts and Reading classes for ELL students at the secondary level are sheltered and ESL methods are used to ensure ample opportunities for second language learning. Content area courses that require higher levels of linguistic competence are also sheltered, and ESL strategies are used. The content instruction that students receive is parallel to that of their English-speaking peers. As students progress in the ESL, classes they enroll in are linguistically accommodated classes at the high school level for acceleration of mastery of the TEKS.
Bachelor of Science - Elementary Bilingual Education, Texas A&I University
Tonie Garza began working with Faith Family Academy in 2008 leading the Bilingual/ESL/Dual Language Department. Tonie has over 30 years experience of working as a bilingual teacher, director of Bilingual/ESL/Immigrant/LOTE programs, and teacher trainer for teachers English Language Learners. Her experience has been in the Corpus Christi ISD, Irving ISD, Jenks Public Schools.
I have been in education 21 years as a bilingual teacher, coordinator, and director. The experience I bring with me are in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, program development, compliance and much more. I earned my Bachelor's degree at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and my Master's of Education at Texas Woman’s University. As a Faith Family Academy team member, I have been given the opportunity to oversee the curriculum and instruction for the district. My goal is to provide a curriculum that delineates the goals, objectives, learning experiences, instructional resources and assessments for the educational program. Additionally, it will specify what students should know and be able to do and will provide instructional resources for teachers so that they may achieve these goals. The outcome of the implementation will be improvement in student achievement.
¡Bienvenidos! Bienvenue! My name is Patricia Hubbard, I’m the Bilingual/ESL Administrative Assistant for FFA-Charters. I have been fortunate to see the BIL/ESL department grow from one class to 27 Bilingual classes. I started working at Faith Family Academy in our first Bilingual classroom in 2004, our PK students then are now our 8th graders this year. If I can be of any assistance, I’m an email away.