In the 2017-2018 school year, in conjunction with the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame and the Alliance for Catholic Education ENL Program, we launched a Two-Way Immersion (TWI) program, to begin in Pre-K and Kindergarten.
Immersion is a proven method of educating children by immersing them in a ‘target’ language so they can become bilingual. With Spanish as the second most widely spoken language in the world and a growing Hispanic population, it was evident Spanish would be our target language. We have partnered with add.a.lingua to build and maintain our immersion program.
In an immersion program, the classroom becomes the setting for language acquisition through core subject content instruction and social interactions. Empirical evidence reveals numerous benefits to taking part in an immersion program including:
- academic achievement equal to or greater than monolingual peers
- high degree of proficiency in the immersion language
- increased cross-cultural sensitivity
* Visit add.a.lingua for more information about our partnership.
How it works
Together, English-dominant and Spanish-dominant students, two different cultural and linguistic populations, have much to offer and share with each other. Together, these communities would build intercultural communities of understanding, respect, and love grounded in Catholic values and faith.
Our program begins with a 90/10 Spanish/English instructional split, in order to be fully immersive. The program gradually incorporates more English instruction until an even split between English and Spanish is reached.