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Dual Language Education

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World Languages Program Supervisor

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 Education is developing literacy while learning core content in two languages. These content-driven programs begin at kindergarten and continue through high school to meet the goals of bilingualism, biliteracy, high academic achievement, and sociocultural competence. 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 dual language education includes: immersion, total immersion, two-way immersion, and one-way immersion.

A number of immersion programs currently exist in a variety of districts in Washington state and offer instruction in Spanish, Vietnamese, Japanese, and/or Mandarin Chinese. To find a program and learn more about Dual Language Education in Washington, go to the OSPI Dual Language Education Resources webpage.