How do I know if it’s a quality dual language immersion program?
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.
- Instruction: The teacher does not translate between languages, but stays in the language of instruction. Students are encouraged to use the language of instruction. Charts and other materials on walls are in the target language and in English according to what language the subject is taught in for that grade level. Students are working in groups or pairs and using the language of instruction.
- Professional Development: The school has a plan for ongoing professional development for the dual language immersion teachers, and the district and school are using the up-to-date, research-based methods for instruction in the classroom.
- Program Structure: There is evidence of strong and knowledgeable leadership. Dual language immersion and non-dual language immersion teachers and classes are working together on projects. There is a well-defined vision and mission for the dual language immersion program.
- Family & Community: There is parent participation throughout the school from parents who speak the target language and parents who speak English.
Support & Resources: There are adequate materials in the target language in the classrooms and in the school library.