Dual Immersion (DI) programs have proven effective for a wide variety of students. Research studies indicate that the achievement of high levels of functional proficiency in a second language associated with DI instruction yields the following benefits for all students:
There are also specific benefits to students related to their native language as detailed in the following chart:
Native Spanish Speakers
Native English Speakers
Acquire strong literacy skills in Spanish which can then be applied to the acquisition of English literacy.
Outperform control students in all-English schools on a variety of English language tests including reading, writing and listening.
Make better progress in acquiring full proficiency in English versus standard English Language Literacy (ELL) and Native Language Literacy (NLL) programs.
Achieve the same levels of competence in academic subjects (math, science and social studies) as English-speaking students in all-English programs.
Achieve at grade-appropriate levels in all domains of academic study in both Spanish and English.
Fully develop proficiency in native language which allows maintenance of communication ties with extended family and other social support networks.
For more information about dual immersion education, please visit the following websites:
The Center for Applied Linguistics:
The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA):
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