The Dual Immersion Program at Lynwood
Lynwood Elementary School launched the Dual Immersion English/Spanish Language Program this year beginning with Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade. Next year it will grow to include Second Grade.
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).
Lynwood Elementary began the transition of becoming a Dual Immersion (DI) School in the 2018-19 school year beginning with all TK, K, and 1st grade students. In the 2019-20 school year, 2nd grade will be added, 3rd grade in 2020-21, etc. until 2022-23 when the entire school is a full dual immersion school.
The NUSD Dual Immersion Program at Lynwood will provide an enriched education, allowing each student to develop the knowledge and skills needed to become a productive and engaged member of our diverse global community.
We will honor our students’ languages and cultures as they learn together and:
- meet or exceed grade-level standards
- develop high levels of linguistic and academic proficiency in both Spanish and English
- become culturally competent, bilingual, and bi-literate
Staff, students, and families will hold high expectations for each member of our school community, work together to support each other, foster the development of our program, and celebrate our achievements.
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 the Research Says About Immersion. Williams, T., Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition.
- Bilingual Effects on Cognitive and Linguistic Development: Role of Language, Cultural Background, and Education. Barac, R. Bialystok, E., Child Dev. 2012 Mar; 83(2): 413–422.
- Flexibility in task switching by monolinguals and bilinguals. Wiseheart, M., Viswanathan, M., Bialystok, E., Biling (Camb Engl). 2016 Jan; 19(1): 141–146.2016.
- Being bilingual rewires the fundamental structure of your brain Frida Garza, Quartz Media, Feb. 18, 2016
- 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
Melissa Diaz, Principal of Lynwood Elementary