Hmong Dual Language & Hmong Studies Program
All students have the opportunity to explore the culture, language, history, and traditions of many cultures, with a unique focus on Hmong Studies. Hmong Studies include the Hmong Dual Language Program, Hmong Culture & Language Specialist Class, and the Hmong Studies Classroom Units of Study.
HMONG DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM
Jackson Elementary offers the first Hmong Dual Language Program in the Saint Paul Public Schools. Hmong Dual Language is offered at all grade levels, Pre-K through 5. Dual language is an educational model in which students are taught core content in two languages. Each year, as students’ progress to the next grade level, they become increasingly proficient in both Hmong and English. Hmong Dual Language Program is designed for all students, native and non-native Hmong speakers.
More about our Hmong Dual Language program:
- Article in Hmong Times: http://www.hmongtimes.com
- Video http://thebridge.spps.org/news_and_updates_115
HMONG STUDIES UNITS OF STUDY
Three units are taught throughout the year in the classroom to provide an understanding of the Hmong. The curriculum includes the following units of study.
UNIT #1: Dia’s Storycloth
Goal: Provide an overview of the Hmong-American experience by learning about the Hmong Migration from Laos to Thailand and then to the United States.
UNIT #2: Hmong Village Life in Laos
Goal: Provide a more in depth understanding of the traditional way of life of the Hmong in Laos.
UNIT #3: Cultural Arts
Goal: Provide a more in-depth understanding of traditional Hmong cultural arts and how they have changed.
HMONG CULTURE AND LANGUAGE SPECIALIST CLASS
All students in grades K through 5, go to a Hmong Language & Culture specialist to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of Hmong culture and develop language and literacy in the Hmong language. We recently designed a classroom into our Hmong Museum that is filled with Hmong artifacts, tools, and clothing, for students to learn about the Hmong culture.