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Dual Language Immersion
Lead with Languages
This is the year to Lead with Languages! The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) encourages all interested parties to view this video and advocate for languages.
A Dual Language Immersion program is a Two-Way language-learning model that
provides content-based instruction to students in two languages: English and
a language other than English, such as Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Spanish,
or other world language. The goal is that students in a K–12 or grades 1–12
uninterrupted sequence of study will be, by graduation:
- Proficient (fluent) in the new language (Advanced Proficiency on the
ACTFL Proficiency Scale)
- Acquire an understanding and appreciation of other cultures
- Meet or exceed subject content standards and expectations
Other terminology for immersion program models include: Total Immersion, Two-Way Immersion, and Partial Immersion. Typically, these content-driven programs begin at kindergarten or first grade and continue through elementary school and, ideally, into middle and high school. The amount of proficiency acquired in an immersion program is highly correlated to the
time and intensity of the program.
A number of immersion programs currently exist in a variety of districts in
Washington, including, but not limited to, Bellevue, Evergreen, Highline,
Kennewick, Mount Vernon, Northshore, Pasco, Seattle, Shelton, Tacoma,
Vancouver, Wenatchee, and Yakima—offering instruction in Spanish, Japanese,
and/or Mandarin Chinese. To see where programs are, check the
Map in Washington State.
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