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Spanish Bilingual Program (K-12)

​The Spanish Bilingual Program provides students with the opportunity to acquire the basic skills for speaking, reading, writing, listening and communicating in both English and Spanish at a young age. It is a program in which Spanish and English are used as the languages of instruction, beginning in Kindergarten or Grade 1 and continuing to Grade 12.

Registration

  • Students entering kindergarten or Grade 1 can register.
  • Students with previous Spanish language experience may start the Spanish Bilingual program at other grade levels. In the case of alternate entry points, the student, parents and principal of the designated school will meet to determine a personalized plan for successful entry.
  • Previous Spanish experience is not required and parents do not need to know the language.

How to Register

  • Registration for 2019-20 begins January 2019
  • Refer to designated school’s website for parent information session. Attend parent information session and/or view informational presentation.
  • Complete registration package and take to designated school.
  • Packages will be accepted starting Jan. 14, 2019.
  • Please take your completed registration package to your designated school after you have attended the parent information session. Please refer to this school’s website for parent information session details.
For families that are new to the CBE and not Canadian citizens​, please note you must first attend the Kingsland Reception Centre for an initial assessment prior to registering for an Alternative Program.

Transportation

Please see Transportation for Alternative Programs​ for important information. Parents will want to carefully consider the transportation services to and from the alternative program they want to enrol their child in.

Benefits of Learning Spanish

  • Expands the intellect
  • Teaches responsible citizenship
  • Develops enhanced feelings of self-esteem and pride in having acquired an additional language
  • Strengthens English literacy skills
  • Encourages the joy of lifelong learning
  • Promotes exploration, understanding and appreciation of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and contributes to multilingualism and multiculturalism
  • Allows students to compete internationally
  • Provides students with more choices for advanced education and career options
  • Broadens students' cultural life through access to literature, art, music and theatre in another language

Benefits of Spanish Bilingual Program

  • In elementary, a 50/50 split in instructional time between English and Spanish allows students to build fluency in both languages. Children learn to understand and respond appropriately in Spanish in a range of everyday situations.
  • Students who wish to take the DELE, an internationally recognized Spanish language credentialing exam​, have the option to do so through the Instituto Cervantes.

Languages of Instruction

From K to grade 6:

  • Spanish Language Arts and Math are taught in Spanish
  • English Language Arts is taught in English
  • Other subjects are taught in English or Spanish or bilingually as determined by schools

From 7 to 9:

  • Spanish Language Arts and Math are taught in Spanish
  • English Language Arts is taught in English
  • Other subjects are taught in English or Spanish or bilingually as determined by schools

From 10 to 12:

  • Spanish Language Arts is taught in Spanish
  • Other subjects are taught in English or Spanish as determined by schools

Locations

For the 2018-19 school year, we have opened a new kindergarten to Grade 6 location in the Spanish Bilingual program at Glenmeadows School, 4931 Grove Hill Road SW. For up to date information on the project see our 'Other Projects' page under Building and Modernizing Schools.​

 

 Contact Us

 
​French & International Languages
Information Line

t | 403-817-7716
e | osarakelian@cbe.ab.ca

 

CBE Public Information Line

t | 403-817-7955

 

 Supporting Documents

 

Students in a class

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