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Dual Language Immersion

A Dual Immersion or Dual Language 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, but not limited to, Bellevue, Evergreen, Highline, Kennewick, Mt. Vernon, Northshore, Pasco, Seattle, Vancouver, Wenatchee, and Yakima—offering instruction in Spanish, Japanese, and/or Mandarin Chinese. Current Language Immersion School Districts. Since 2012, OSPI has been 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.

General Planning Resources

Resources from the Dual Immersion Boot Camp in Seattle, WA August 19, 2014

  • Dual Immersion Boot Camp: For Educators Day 1

Resources from the Dual Immersion Summit in Vancouver, WA October 11, 2012


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