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Bilingual- Dual Language One Way

Program Goal

Sanger ISD is committed to addressing the needs of students who are identified as Emergent Bilinguals. We provide an equal educational opportunity for all identified students through our bilingual education and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. Our programs emphasize the mastery of English Language skills enabling students to participate effectively in regular classroom instruction and support mastery of the state’s curriculum, the Texas Essential Knowledge of Skills (TEKS). Our goal is to assist students to reach their full potential through equitable experiences which ensure that they become confident, productive and competent members of our multicultural society.

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Dual Language One Way

Sanger ISD is excited to announce the opening of the One Way Dual Language Program to all of our incoming Pre-K and Kindergarten students who meet the state’s qualification standard for qualification to the required Bilingual Education Program.  Starting in 2024-2025, the Dual Language program will phase out the Early Exit Bilingual Education Model.


General Description

Dual language immersion/one-way is a bilingual/biliteracy program model in which students identified as English learners are served in both English and another language and are prepared to meet reclassification criteria in order to be successful in English-only instruction.



Instruction provided in a language other than English in this program model is delivered by a teacher appropriately certified in bilingual education under TEC, §29.061. Instruction provided in English in this program model may be delivered either by a teacher appropriately certified in bilingual education or by a different teacher certified in ESL in accordance with TEC §29.061.



Sanger ISD’s Dual Language Program promotes bilingualism, bi-literacy, and sociocultural competency through the instruction of academic content in two languages.  This enriched environment creates an opportunity for students to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in both Spanish and English. The goals of the program include:


●      Bilingualism - The development of high levels of proficiency in the student’s first and second language

●      Bi-literacy - The performance at or above grade level in academic areas in both languages.

●      Multiculturalism - To understand different cultures and the development of high self-esteem.


Instructional Approach

The Sanger ISD Dual Language program provides a scaffolded approach to language instruction. The language of instruction is dependent on the content area. Instruction in both Spanish and English incorporates the required academic standards established by the State of Texas and Sanger ISD enabling students to become biliterate and proficient in both languages by the end of 5th grade.

Students from PreK - Kindergarten grade that are participating in a bilingual education program are doing so through the Dual Language Immersion/One-Way model. The program will roll up to 1st grade for the 2025-2026 school year. The plan is for the program to continue to progress with that cohort of students until they reach 5th grade.


Research Supporting Dual Language

Research has demonstrated that out of all Bilingual models, Dual Language programming closes the achievement gap between ELs and their native English-speaking peers and promotes high levels of achievement (Collier, 1995).

Students who participate in Dual Language programs are less likely than their peers to drop out of school (Thomas & Collier, 2009).

"The time has come to consider biliteracy, the new threshold for literacy achievement in the new millennium.”

 -Maria de la Luz Reyes