The Passport Program for Second Language Acquisition
Passport has grown from 10 schools in 2014-2015 to 40 schools in 2016-2017 - Visit Request
The Passport Program launches conversational Spanish instruction at Grade 4 to give students time to graduate proficient in a second language. Part of the BCPS Blueprint 2.0 theory of action is preparing every student to graduate globally competitive. The Passport approach combines weekly face-to-face instruction with an online, self-paced program. Passport teachers have traveled, studied, and lived abroad, and bring a wealth of experience to the classroom, including K-12 and postsecondary teaching experience.
The program’s catchphrase, Todos Adelante, means “all together forward,” and was chosen to show the collaborative nature of the program’s development and implementation as well as its synergy with Team BCPS and creating a community of language learning.
Independent evaluations of the first two years of the Passport Program are available here and here.
Benefits of Second-Language Proficiency
- Research suggests that an essential factor to be competitive in today's global economy and culture is fluency in a second – or, for some students, a third – language. Twenty-seven percent of companies surveyed say that they are more likely to hire someone who is multilingual, and reports show that multilingual individuals earn approximately 10 percent more than their counterparts who speak a single language.
- The purpose of public education is both to prepare students for college and career opportunities and to provide students with an understanding of the world. By learning a second language, students become more aware of diverse cultures.
- Research reveals that students who begin learning a second language before adolescence – in the earlier years when language is acquired most naturally – are more likely to become fluent speakers and have higher academic achievement overall than those who begin learning later in life or not at all.
- Technology offers an opportunity to teach world languages to more young students and connect them with other remote learners and native speakers.
- Studies indicate that language-learning students who use computer‐aided instruction outperform their peers by 30 percent. For English Language Learners, for example, 24/7 access to language acquisition programs delivered through technology could accelerate their achievement of proficiency in English.
Began in 2014-2015
Bear Creek Elementary
Pleasant Plains Elementary
Vincent Farm Elementary
West Towson Elementary
Began in 2015-2016
Lyons Mill Elementary
Mars Estates Elementary
Perry Hall Elementary
Pine Grove Elementary
Shady Spring Elementary
Began in 2016-2017
Deep Creek Elementary
Deer Park Elementary
New Town Elementary
Red House Run Elementary
Sandy Plains Elementary
Seventh District Elementary
Timber Grove Elementary
Director, Social Sciences, Fine Arts, and World Languages
Coordinator, World Languages