How well will my child perform in the Two-Way Immersion Programs?
Research indicates that both native English speakers and native Spanish speakers tend to outperform norms of academic achievement. The reason is that they are using more of their brain and are able to develop critical thinking earlier than peers.
Is any English used in the classroom?
Yes. The program begins with a 90/10 Spanish/English instructional split, in order to be fully immersive. But the program gradually incorporates more English instruction until an even split between English and Spanish is reached.
When will my child be fluent in the second language?
Ideally, fluency occurs by 5th grade, but every child’s learning is unique and the amount of time to achieve full fluency will vary. Fluency progress will depend on the child’s learning patterns, behavior and environment.
What are the overall advantages for my child in a TWI program?
In addition to critical thinking skills, three advantages stand out. Bilingualism: students develop full oral proficiency in two languages. Biliteracy: students develop full reading and writing proficiency in two languages. Intercultural Skills: students develop appreciation of different cultures within context of unity.
How can parents support their children in the program?
Parent involvement is crucial in Two-Way Immersion. Read to them, volunteer in the classroom, get involved in as many ways as you can and bring your child to school every day!