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What is Dual Immersion?

Imagine your children becoming fluent in a second language in their early years. Imagine them not only speaking, but writing, reading, and learning in that language as comfortably as they do in their first language. Imagine them being ready to learn a third language by the time they enter high school. A gift like this will open doors throughout their lifetime.

Dual Immersion, or Two Way Immersion, teaches school subjects in both English and a target language, in this case Spanish. Language learning is immersive, occurring while students learn math, social studies, and more. Students negotiate meaning further through interaction with their peers in a class made up of native speakers of both languages

More than 40 years of research consistently documents the power of immersion programs to help students attain high levels of second-language proficiency. No other type of instruction is as successful, and young children thrive in this type of instructional environment.

For English speaking students, research shows that a second language is best developed through immersion in that language (Genesee, 1985). For non-native speakers, English is best acquired when academic proficiency in their first language is firmly established (Hakuta & Gould, 1987). For both types of students, Dual Immersion is a great choice!

Children generally perform at or above their non-immersion peers on standardized tests administered in English. They become bi literate, meaning they can read, write, and communicate in both languages. Students learn from teachers and from each other, and share not only academics, but language, culture and friendship.

Dual Immersion started in the US in 1963 by Cuban citizens in Florida. What began as an English Learning program has blossomed into an enrichment program for all students, where the final outcome is biliteracy, increased opportunities, and better academic performance.

Here are some other benefits of Dual Immersion:

  • Additive Bilingualism. Students gain a new language and maintain their native language.
  • High Academic Achievement. Students in Dual Immersion Programs perform at or above other seventh-grade classes on standardized tests in Math, Science and Social Studies. (1996, Collier Thomas Study)
  • Potential Seal of Biliteracy on High School Diploma.  For more information please visit sealofbiliteracy.org
  • More job opportunities in many careers.

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