Bilingual and Dual Language Education
Proficiency in more than one language is a valuable skill to be cultivated and nurtured in our schools and communities. Bilingual education is an umbrella term for many types of programs in which two languages are used for instruction.
Dual Language education is an effective approach to developing language proficiency and literacy in English and a partner language. Two-Way Immersion, one type of dual language education, integrates native English speakers and native speakers of another language for academic content instruction through both English and the partner language beginning in elementary schools.
Bilingual and Dual Language programs promote bilingualism and biliteracy, grade-level academic achievement and cross-cultural competence in all students. Students maintain their native language while adding another language, and they develop pride in their own culture while developing an understanding of others.
The project supported CAL’s nationwide two-way immersion (TWI) outreach and public relations efforts, including the creation and updating of a two-way immersion website and directory, an email bulletin, and responding to questions from the public.
Grounded in evidence from research and best practices, the guiding principles described in this CAL publication were developed as a tool to help dual language programs with planning and ongoing implementation.
The fifth edition of this bestselling book provides a comprehensive introduction to bilingualism and bilingual education. In a compact and clear style, its 19 chapters cover all the crucial issues in bilingualism at individual, group and national levels.
Scholars and researchers present their latest findings regarding the impact of a restrictive language policy on teacher preparation and classroom practice through the lens of the decade-long implementation of Structured English Immersion (SEI) in Arizona.
Drawing on a decade of research, this book explores the question of effectiveness in two-way immersion by examining the development of bilingualism and biliteracy in elementary TWI students.
Drawing on its decades of research in language education, CAL offers services to schools and districts that are planning or implementing bilingual, dual language, or two-way immersion (TWI) programs.
All of our services are rooted in research-based tools and approaches, and are tailored to your needs.
CAL offers professional development on the critical issues facing educators in dual language education settings.
CAL can help develop or refine a dual language program by working with key stakeholders in a collaborative environment.
Evaluation services can be tailored to your program’s needs with a wide range of evaluation approaches including quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods.
Contact CAL to discuss your interests.
News & Events
A growing number of families are enrolling their children in immersion schools, where half to all the curriculum is taught in a language other than English. Primary reasons include exposure to diversity that comes with language immersion and fluency in another language gives students the benefit to compete in the global marketplace.
On September 18, 2014, USCCB's Children's Services, together with Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS), will offer an overview of the humanitarian crisis regarding the current influx of children migrating to the United States, as well as some of the reasons behind their flight from their home countries.