Features of Dual Language Immersion in High Achieving Programs

1:30 - 2:15pm

Ernest Morial Convention Center, Room 336

Presented at: ACTFL 2018

Dual language immersion (DLI) programs provide language and content instruction in English and a partner language with a goal of promoting high academic achievement, bilingualism and biliteracy, and socio-cultural competence. While there is considerable evidence about the success of DLI programs, there is very little research on the specific school-wide characteristics or effective instructional methods that promote high academic achievement in the two languages (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2017).

This presentation will report on the year 1 findings of a federally-funded study that will fill a major gap in the body of research on DLI education, and dual language instruction in particular, by compiling evidence from successful Spanish/English DLI programs regarding programmatic and instructional practices, and providing a basis for better fidelity of implementation of these programs and replication in other contexts.