ONE-WAY DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAMS

One-way immersion programs (also known as world language immersion programs) are very similar to two-way dual language programs in terms of implementation, but have different student populations.

 

The main goal is for students to acquire proficiency and academics in a target language through content and culture.

 

Students are predominantly from one language group and are usually native English speakers, although programs also may include some ELs or heritage language learners of the partner language.

 

Program Characteristics

• One-way immersion programs (also known as world language immersion programs) are very similar to two-way dual language programs in terms of implementation but they have different student populations.

• In one-way dual language programs, students are predominantly from one language group and are usually native English speakers, although programs may also include some ELs or heritage language learners of the partner language.

• The target language is used for all academic instruction (with the exception of language arts in English).

• It requires one bilingual teacher who teaches in both languages, or one teacher per language.

 

Instructional Time and Setting

• The target language is used for all academic instruction except in language arts in English).

• Instruction is carried on in Spanish for 90 percent of the school day and in English for 10 percent of the school day.

• At the secondary level, it is done through blocks.

 

Benefits of the Program

• It integrates language and culture.

• It provides age appropriate differentiated instruction which is scaffolded at different levels of language proficiency.

• It uses technology as part of the integration of skills in both languages.

• It provides students with exposure to authentic texts and materials.