The Dual Immersion Program at Lynwood is designed to nurture foundational skills for bilingualism and biliteracy in Spanish and English as well as promoting a love of multiculturalism. Students will learn the same grade level content and standards as all NUSD elementary students.
Curriculum instruction across the subjects will be conducted in Spanish 90% of the time and English 10% of the time for entry grades (Transitional Kindergarten (T), Kindergarten (K), and First). This balance will shift 10% each year (e.g., 80/20 in 2nd grade up to 50/50 in 5th grade).
Starting in the 2018-19 school year, Lynwood Elementary will begin the transition of becoming a Dual Immersion (DI) School at Lynwood beginning with all TK, K, and 1st grade students. 2nd grade will be added in 2019-20, 3rd grade in 2020-21, etc. until 2022-23 when the entire school is a full dual immersion school.
Some of the benefits include:
- Greater cognitive flexibility
- Increased cultural competency
- Broader long-term employment options and earning potential
- Student achievement that meets or exceeds student performance in traditional programs
- Closing the achievement gap, especially for English Language Learners (ELLs)
- Strengthening the home language accelerates acquisition of a second (or third…) language
- ELLs’ English development outperforms ELLs in traditional or pull-out English language development.
What special qualifications do DI teachers need?
Teachers must hold a Spanish BCLAD, BILA, or comparable international certification.
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- A Kindergartner’s Year In a Mandarin-Immersion School (NPR)
- The Bilingual Advantage (The New York Times)
- Is there an Academic Advantage to Being Bilingual?(The Sundial)
- Your Mind on Language: How Bilingualism Boosts Your Brain(The Huffington Post)
- Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World (Science Magazine)
- Why Bilinguals Are Smarter (The New York Times)
- 5 Reasons to Love Dual Language Immersion Programs (Take Part)