Language Immersion Goals and Benefits
Studies consistently show that exposing a student to another language early in his or her education increases memory and concentration, problem solving skills, and provides a greater understanding of their native language. Fortunately, language immersion is also the least expensive way to deliver target language instruction.
Dual Language Program Goals
- Provide a rich, academic environment in both the native and target languages
- Maximize students’ target language proficiency
- Develop students’ ability to work successfully in multiple cultural settings
- Offer a culturally diverse experience for the entire school community
- Students achieve advanced proficiency in the immersion language.
- Immersion students perform as well as or better than non-immersion students on standardized tests of English and math administered in English.
- Immersion students typically develop greater cognitive flexibility, demonstrating increased attention control, better memory, and superior problem solving skills as well as an enhanced understanding of their primary language.
- Immersion students are more aware of and show more positive attitudes towards other cultures and an appreciation of other people.
- Immersion students are better prepared for the global community and job markets where an additional language is an asset.
- Commit to long-term participation in the immersion program throughout elementary, middle, and high school.
- Commit to regular and punctual student school attendance
- Develop understanding of immersion education
- Read in English for 20 minutes daily
- Encourage the use of the target language outside of school
- Provide community support and, when possible, volunteer
- Enjoy the challenges; celebrate the results