Dual Immersion Program Is Proven Effective For Overall Student Achievement And Long Term Success Beyond The Classroom

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Dual Immersion programs have proven effective for overall student achievement and long-term success beyond the classroom. Research shows the ongoing benefits as the Dual Immersion program continues to expand across the nation. The purpose of this paper is to provide the reader with a basic understanding of the dual immersion framework, share the benefits of overall student achievement and explain the advantages for students beyond the classroom. School districts across the nation continue to enroll an increased number of diverse students each year. Students come from a variety of ethnic, racial and language backgrounds. Studies confirm that the earlier students are completely immersed in a second language, the sooner they become fluent in both languages. “Instruction is usually managed in one of two ways — either ninety percent of the instruction is carried out in the non-English language and ten percent is carried out in English, or instruction is split fifty-fifty between the two languages” (“Dual-language”). While there are many models and frameworks used to implement this program, the most effective frameworks include the 90-10 model or the 50-50 model. The 90-10 model immerses students in the new language 90% of the instructional day while the 50-50 model works more like an A-Day, B-Day schedule. Many schools will have students begin the 90-10 model in Kindergarten and move to the 50-50 model in first grade. “Beginning in Kindergarten, these programs combine monolingual English-speaking children with non-English-speaking children in the same class” (Dual-language). Students spend one day immersed in one language while they move to the second language the next day. For example, a student would spend one day in Spanish and the... ... middle of paper ... ... the case in numerous classrooms across the nation. “As institutions are charged with the responsibility for preparing future citizens, schools must educate students to become competent citizens of the global village” (Zhao 60). The dual immersion programs have proven to keep learning authentic and allow students to experience the world beyond the classroom, creating well rounded, high performing citizens. Dual Immersion programs have proven effective for overall student achievement and long-term success beyond the classroom. Students who enroll and participate in these programs perform well academically, develop fluent language and literacy skills in both languages, and cross-cultural competencies. Furthermore, dual immersion students are more motivated, have higher ambitions to go to college and are successful beyond the classroom in a globally competitive world.

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