K-6 Programs and Innovations Committee - World Languages Survey

The K-6 Programs and Innovations Committee is charged by the BISD Board of Directors to consider relevant research and emerging trends in K-6 education that are aligned with the District's mission, vision, and guiding principles. Among several topics, the committee has identified World Languages as a trend that needs consideration.

The intent of the survey is to determine the interest level for world language study and the type of program delivery model that parents would like to see developed.

Your responses will be analyzed in aggregate. If you would like to include your name at the end of the survey for us to contact you with questions, you may. This is totally optional.

For additional information, visit our web page at: http://bisd303.org/Page/7012
Current Program Options: Our current K-6 World Language program is limited in scope. The current options include: • Parent Teacher Organization's (PTO's) and individual parents/community members may provide fee-based before/after school programs for kindergarten - 6th grade students; • Sakai offers a 10-week program (2 days per week) with a certificated teacher using the RosettaStone as a basis for language instruction ( for a fee of $150); and • Mosaic Home School Partnership has begun a K-4 Pilot Spanish Immersion Program that provides instruction in Spanish for the majority of the student’s academic day.
1. Please indicate the age of your children (check all that apply):
2. We are interested in meeting the needs of ALL students. Please give us an idea of where your children are on the learning continuum:
Needs support to reach grade level standardsIs usually on target with learning grade level standardsIs usually above grade level standards and needs some additional challengeIs significantly above grade level and needs more challenge
Child 1
Child 2
Child 3
Child 4
3. Please check all that apply to your family, my children are currently enrolled in:
4. If you have children enrolled in private school, what prompted you to select private versus public school?
5. Is language instruction something that would cause you to consider enrolling your children in Bainbridge Island Schools?
YesMaybeNo
6.

How important do you feel it is to have a World Language Program available to children at an early age?

Not sureNot ImportantNeutral ImportantVery Important
7. If World Languages are not important to you, what type of program do you think should be considered (if any)?
There are three program types of World Language instruction that other school districts have available for elementary students: 1. Total Immersion, 2.Foreign Language in Elementary School (FLES) and 3. World Language Enrichment Programs. The following provides a brief overview of each of these program types.

Total Immersion

Percent of Class Time in the target language - 50-100%. Time is spent learning subject matter taught in the target language; language learning is incorporated as necessary throughout the curriculum. (For Example, Reading is taught in the target language and not in English) Goals of the program include: • To become functionally proficient (speaking, listening, reading & writing) in the target language. To master subject content taught in the target language. • To acquire an understanding of and an appreciation for other cultures.

Foreign Language in Elementary School (FLES)

Percent of Class Time spent on target language: 10-20%. This program option is provided as part of the School Day. Minimum of 30-40 minutes per class, 3 to 5 days per week. Time is spent learning the target language. Goals of the program include: • To acquire proficiency in listening and speaking the target language. • To acquire an understanding of and an appreciation for other cultures. • To acquire some proficiency in reading and writing in the target language.

World Language Enrichment Program

Percent of Class Time spent on target language: 5-15%. This program option is offered as a before or after school option, usually with an additional fee. Minimum of 20-30 minutes per class, 2 to 3 times per week. Time is spent learning the target language. Goals of the program include: • To acquire some proficiency in listening and speaking the target language. • To acquire an understanding of and an appreciation for other cultures.
8. Which, if any, type of World Language Program would you like to see the district develop over the course of the next few years?
9. Which, if any, type of World Language Program would you enroll your child?
10. Would you consider enrolling your child in a world language program if it meant leaving your neighborhood schoool?
Yes, with or without transportationYes, If transportation was providedMaybeNo, I would not have my child attend another school
11. Which world language would you like to see taught at the elementary level?
12.

At which grade level would you like to have a World Language Program begin for your child?

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Thank You For Taking Our Survey!

The following space may be used if you have additional comments for the Elementary Programs and Innovations Committee to consider.

14. Optional, Name and contact information, in case we have questions:
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