We’ve mentioned Dallas ISD’s very popular Two-Way Dual Language Spanish Immersion program before — it’s become quite the draw at many of the more than 60 schools that now offer it.
The program places native English speakers and native Spanish speakers in the same class, and together, each student learns to read, write, and speak in both languages. The goal is for each student to become bi-literate and bilingual.
It’s a concept that has gained traction because it often yields high academic achievement as well — reading scores of students involved in immersive language programs designed like Dallas ISD’s are often substantially higher than their peers.
“Over the course of a day in a two-way dual language program, students that speak and students that are learning to speak English are taught together certain subjects (such as science) in Spanish and other subjects (such as math) in English,” a press release from Dallas ISD further explained. “The classrooms aim to have a fairly even split of students who speak English and are learning to speak English.” (more…)