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What is an Immersion School? A type of school that incorporates a foreign language into the functions, teaching, and learning of an everyday classroom. Usual classroom activities and curricular are performed in a foreign language. Concept of the more you know, the better off you are.
Continued... Students learn the skills necessary to learn and understand subject material while speaking effectively in a foreign language. English is not the subject of instruction, instead it is used as a medium for which the subject material is taught.
Continued... The most common languages used for immersion programs includeSpanish, French, and Cantonese. Students follow the same curriculum and sometimes even use the same materials as students who are not in the immersion program.
How do students learn? There is a guideline that these teachers use. “In early years, teachers use body language, manipulatives, visuals, exaggerated facial expressions, expressive intonations to communicate their meaning. Songs, phrases, rhymes, and chants are used everyday to help remind students of the language.
Continued... This does not negatively impact children’s development of the English language, it advances it. It take about 2-3 years for children to become fluent in a language with an immersion program.
Continued... These programs are open to all children. No admission tests required There are some concerns with children who have language disabilities
Impacts on K-12 Education One of the fastest growing and most effective type of foreign language programs. These students may have better learning skills.
Continued... Overall, another aspect to consider with education. Again, doesn’t impair student’s English development and there are no known drawbacks to this type of education.
What Is Being Done With This Issue? A fast growing type of education No current legislation Gradually becoming more popular, has been around for 35 years.
Continued... CAL (Center for Applied Linguistics) has been tracking the immersion programs from the start. Has compiled information for educators and parents to see. Total of 336 language immersion programs housed in 263 schools.
Conclusion Beneficial for learning May be the way of the future No known drawbacks to this type of learning! Students perform just as well, if not better, on standardized tests.
Works Cited Text Sources: Tedick, D. J., & Fortune, T. W. (2008). What Parents Want To Know about Foreign Language Immersion Programs. Retrieved October 29, 2009, from http://www.ericdigests.org/2004-4/parents.htm Center for Applied Linguistics: Foreign Language Immersion Programs (1993). Retrieved October 29, 2009, from http://www.cal.org/resources/Digest/met00001.html
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