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.

Resources, News, and Events

Dual Language Education: Answers to Questions From the Field
Dual Language Education: Answers to Questions From the Field

Dual language education refers to programs that provide grade-level content and literacy instruction to all students through two languages—English and a partner language. In one-way dual language programs, the partner ... Read more

Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education – Third Edition
Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education – Third Edition

Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education has been used for over a decade by dual language programs and educators across the United States as an effective tool for planning, self-reflection, and continual improvement.

Profiles of Dual Language Education in the 21st Century
Profiles of Dual Language Education in the 21st Century

Editors: M. Beatriz Arias and Molly Fee

Published by Multilingual Matters

Leading Dual Language Programs for Student Success
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Related Projects

Features of Dual Language Immersion in High Achieving Programs
Features of Dual Language Immersion in High Achieving Programs

Funder: International Research & Studies, U.S. Department of Education

K-12 Biliteracy Pathways
K-12 Biliteracy Pathways

Funder: Oregon State Department of Education

Two-Way Immersion Outreach and Information Dissemination
Two-Way Immersion Outreach and Information Dissemination

Funder: Funder: Illinois Resource Center

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Services

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. 

Institutes: Professional Development Opportunities in Washington, DC Metro Area

CAL offers four institutes of special interest for educators interested in dual language education.

  • CAL SIOP for Dual Language Programs: Developing Academic Language & Content in Two Languages: This institute is designed to help participants develop and deliver CAL SIOP Model lessons in bilingual programs. No prior knowledge of the SIOP Model is required for participation.
  • Foundations of Dual Language Instruction: This institute introduces practitioners to the research base for effective dual language instruction with a focus on practical applications for classroom use. Strategies and hands-on activities will be shared that promote student interaction to build receptive and productive language skills in two languages while building content knowledge in order to develop bilingualism, biliteracy, and multicultural competence.
  • Leading Dual Language Programs for Student Success: A CAL Leadership Institute: This institute is designed to help educators strengthen their leadership by gaining a solid understanding of the benefits of dual language education and learning how they can develop an effective dual language program that promotes student success on their campus.
  • Spanish Literacy Institute: Each two-day Spanish Literacy institute is designed to provide participants with effective methodologies for teaching academic language and literacy in Spanish to students in a wide variety of K-8 educational setting where Spanish is the language of instruction. Classroom practices are framed by an understanding of Spanish language arts standards and linguistic features in Spanish.

Learn more about these institutes and view our full calendar.

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