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Parenting Dual Language Learners

By Dual Language School Team
November 15, 2017
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Thank you to all who participated in our Dual Language Schools California survey. For those who missed our presentation at La Cosecha in Albuquerque, New Mexico, here are the survey findings. Thank you to CABE for sponsoring such an important project.

If you would like to download the results as a PDF, please click...

By Dual Language School Team
November 14, 2017
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By: Dr. Bill Rivers, Executive Director of Joint National Committee for Languages

Last month, I promised to talk about grass-roots support for Dual Language Immersion. That's a dangerous promise for me to give, and for you to believe: almost nothing signifies cultural identity and belonging more than language, and the support for Dual Language runs into identity at full tilt.

If I tell you that my father's ancestors spoke French, and that on occasion I heard my...

By Dual Language School Team
November 02, 2017
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By: David Rogers

and believe in their hearts that an education in two languages is a right and not just an option, for students and their families.

These are exciting times for Dual Language Education, as we see more and more school districts around the country committing to the strengthening and expansion of K-12 Dual Language Education. Motivations for this growth in DLE programs range from a...

Dual Language Teacher and Students in the classroom
By Dual Language School Team
February 09, 2016
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After contacting and interviewing the school, you may ask to observe in the dual language immersion classrooms. Many schools have special times that they have guided tours of the school. At this time, you will be given a tour of the school and allowed to observe in some classrooms. A quality dual language immersion program should have the following characteristics:

  • Curriculum: It is standards-based. The textbooks are in the languages of instruction.
  • ...
Madre buscando información del programa de doble inmersión
By Dual Language School Team
February 02, 2016
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After finding a dual language immersion program that fits your needs, you may want to go online to the dual language school’s website to get information about the school and its dual language immersion program. After getting familiar with the dual language school and the dual language immersion program, you should feel comfortable in calling the school and asking to speak with the principal or the person in charge of the dual language immersion program at the school. You should then make...

¿Cómo inscribo a mi hijo en un programa de doble inmersión?
By Dual Language School Team
January 27, 2016
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After finding a dual language immersion program that fits your needs, you should contact the school to inquire the requirements for enrolling your child in the dual language immersion program. Many schools have waiting lists for students who want to enroll in the program. If the dual language immersion program is very popular, the school may select the students through a lottery. If...

Imagen de una maestra ayudandole a un estudniante con su trabajo.
By Dual Language School Team
January 19, 2016
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3 Min. Read

This website, duallanguageschools.org, a collaborative effort between Velázquez Press and the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), contains the names, locations, target language, and the dual language program model (percentage of instruction in English and the target language for each dual language immersion school in many states across the United States. On this website, you can search for a dual language program or school in a particular state, city, or school district....

Dual Language Teacher and Students
By Dual Language School Team
January 13, 2016
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Mastering two or more languages has enormous benefits for students, both native speakers of English and native speakers of the target language(s) at a dual language immersion school. People who can speak, read and write in two or more languages are able to participate in different cultural and language worlds. Research has confirmed the benefits of biliteracy and...

Imagen de una maestra con sus estudiantes sentados en una mesa.
By Dual Language School Team
December 23, 2015
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A dual language immersion program has goals of full bilingualism and biliteracy in English and a target (non-English) language. The program enrolls native English speakers and native speakers of the target language. For the program to be considered a dual (or two-way) immersion program, a minimum of 33% of each linguistic group would have to be represented in each classroom. If there is less than 33% of one of the linguistic groups, the program would be considered to be a one-way immersion...