TWI Bulletin Archives

TWI Bulletin #23: The new TWI Toolkit, NABE 2006, and more! (1/16/2006)


CAL is very pleased to announce that the Two-Way Immersion Toolkit, developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics with support from the Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory at Brown University (LAB), has been published in PDF format on the LAB Web site at


The Two-Way Immersion Toolkit is a resource for teachers, parents, and administrators involved with two-way immersion (TWI) programs, particularly those at the elementary-school level. It brings the principles of dual language instruction to life through a Q&A on classroom instruction and model lesson plans that showcase how effective instructional strategies play out in the two-way context. A section of the Toolkit on parent involvement in TWI programs includes an overview of two-way immersion, a Q&A for parents, a home-school communications template, and additional resources. This section on parent involvement is available in both English and Spanish.


The Toolkit on the LAB's Web site is available in PDF format, so that it can be viewed or printed out like a book. As CAL remodels its Web site this winter, we will post a version of the Toolkit in a more interactive format. Watch our Web site at for details!


Don’t miss CAL’s two-way presentations at NABE this week!


Dual Language Immersion Pre-Conference Institute – January 18, 2006

The Dual Language Toolkit: A New Resource for Teachers. Julie Sugarman, Convention Center Room: Yuma 25, 10:00-11:15 am

Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education: An Introduction. Donna Christian, Convention Center Room: Yuma 21, 10:00-11:15 am

The TWI SIOP: Two-Way Immersion Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol. Elizabeth Howard, Convention Center Room: Yuma 34, 11:30 am-12:45 pm


NABE 2006 General Conference – Friday, January 20

Additive Bilingualism through Dual Language Education. Elizabeth Howard, Convention Center Room: Tucson 41, 3:30-4:15 pm

Conference Announcement and Call for Posters

Language Acquisition and Bilingualism: Consequences for a Multilingual Society

Toronto, May 4-7, 2006


The purpose of the conference is to explore how the factors that are part of the landscape of multilingual societies affect the way in which children learn language and establish the linguistic and cognitive concepts associated with successful participation in society. The audience will consist of researchers, educators, and practitioners who work with bilingual and multilingual children. Presentations will describe current research by leading scholars, representing a wide range of countries. Discussions will be focussed on the social and linguistic dimensions of bilingual language acquisition, which will be relevant to those working in both research and applied fields.


CALL FOR POSTERS: Deadline for poster submissions is January 31, 2006. Visit the Web site for details of poster submission and conference registration: Questions or inquiries may be directed to


New video resources:

Highline Public Schools (Seattle, WA) has developed a program for students and a set of videos designed to motivate students, especially heritage language speakers, to maintain and develop their skills in languages other than English. The series is called Speak YOUR Languages, and the videos profile bilingual professionals whose language ability led them to exciting careers.

You can learn more about the videos at:

Highline Public Schools educators are also piloting a Student Interpreter program where bilingual students train for a semester and then provide interpreting services to the schools and community. It was this project that led to the development of the Speak YOUR Languages videos to encourage students to work hard to improve their language skills. If you are interested in the Student Interpreter program and its associated training course, the Highline Public Schools would like to learn more about your organization and your interest in this project. E-mail them at and they will respond with additional information.


This is the 23rd in a series of occasional post-only mailings from the Center for Applied Linguistics, with support from the Illinois Resource Center ( These messages include information about current two-way immersion news, publications, and events. If you received this bulletin in error and/or you would like to be removed from the CAL Two-Way Immersion e-mail mailing list, please send an email to