A Dual Immersion program is an instructional model that provides content-based instruction to students in two languages where the goal is for the students, over a number of years of participation in the program, to become proficient and literate in both languages, while also meeting high academic standards in all subject areas. Other terminology that is commonly used for one of the variations of this type of program model is Dual Language, Two-way Dual Language, One-way Dual Language, Partial Immersion, Full Immersion, etc. Typically, programs begin at kindergarten or 1st grade and continue through elementary school, and, if possible, into middle and high school.
A number of these types of programs currently exist in a variety of districts in Washington—including Bellevue, Evergreen, Highline, Kennewick, Mt. Vernon, Northshore, Pasco, Seattle, Vancouver, Wenatchee, and Yakima—offering instruction in Spanish, Japanese, and/or Mandarin Chinese. OSPI is currently working with a graduate student at the UW College of Education to survey districts in the state to gather more information about these program models. We expect to post the findings later this summer. District administrators can still complete the
Dual Immersion Survey. Preview the Survey Questions (PDF).
Initial data from Spring 2012 is available in the
Dual Immersion Programs by
Resources from the Dual Immersion Summit in Vancouver, WA October 11, 2012
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