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What is Two-Way Immersion Program? What are Its Goals?

May 19th 2014 at 12:58 AM

A two way immersion program is a type of dual language program that brings together two groups of students for instruction who are native speakers of two different languages. One group of students speaks the native language while the other group speaks the partner language. For instance, if you are a German speaker who wishes to learn Spanish in Latin America through a two-way immersion program, one group will speak the native language, Spanish, and the other will speak the partner language, German.

Features of Two-Way Immersion Programs

The Programs Comprises of a Fairly Equal Number of Students of Each Group

Two-way immersion is a unique language learning program as it involves instruction in two languages at a time, in two ways. Two groups of students – those of a native language and those of another language background – come together to study in an environment where two languages are used for instruction.

The Programs are Comprehensive

The native language speakers and the native language learners are taught core academic instruction (math, science and social studies), not just music or physical education.

The Programs Provides Academic Instruction to Both Group of Students in Both Languages

Two-way immersion programs follow two program models – the “90/10” and the “50/50”. In the 90/10 model, 90% of instruction is in the partner language while 10% is in the native language. Over the course of instruction, the percentage of instruction in partner language decreases and native learn Spanish in Central America increases. When students reach about fourth or fifth standard, the ratio of use of partner language and native language becomes 50/50.

Goals of Two-Way Immersion Programs

Developing High Level of Proficiency in First Language

This means that the native language speaker will develop skills of speaking, reading, writing and understanding their first language while native language learners will develop same set of abilities in partner language, which is their first language. Neither group of students will have to compromise on the first language skills as they become proficient in the second language.

Developing High Level of Proficiency in Second Language

Native language speakers will get the chance to develop oral and written skills in the partner language while the native language learners will develop oral and written skills in the native language. Two-way immersion programs give both students the opportunity to learn and develop skills in both their first and second language.

Improving Academic Performance of Both Groups

Two-way immersion Spanish school Lima programs follow the same academic standards and curriculum that are followed by other schools. Academic requirements are not compromised and the level of academic performance is expected to remain same.

Developing Positive Cross Cultural Attitudes and Behaviors

By bringing together students from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, two-way immersion programs allow students to gain firsthand experience at learning about cultures that are different from their own.

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