What is Language Immersion?
Language immersion programs are an exciting option for parents who want their children to have the advantages of a rigorous academic program while also learning two languages – English and a target language. In a Spanish immersion program, Spanish is not taught as a subject; Spanish is the language in which instruction is delivered.
With fluency in a second language, your child’s opportunities are endless.
Elementary language immersion starts in kindergarten and continues through the fifth grade. Not only will children be proficient in Spanish at the end of elementary school, they will also be fully prepared to succeed in a traditional non-immersion classroom. In fact, research indicates that children who acquire a second language are better able to problem-solve and think creatively.
Along with learning another language, your child will receive a complete academic foundation grounded in instructional excellence.
- All Spanish Immersion students will be taught the same North Carolina state standards as other
- The curriculum will prepare students to achieve and to perform well on state assessments, which are administered in
Give Your Child a Global Competitive Edge Through the Benefits of an Immersion Program
- Bilingual and biliterate: Students achieve high proficiency in the immersion
- Increased cultural sensitivity: Immersion students are more aware of and show more positive attitudes towards other cultures and an appreciation of other
- Enhanced cognitive skills: Immersion students typically develop greater cognitive flexibility, demonstrating increased memory, superior problem-solving skills, and better attention control as well as an enhanced understanding of their primary language.
- Improved self-esteem: Being able to communicate and excel academically in two languages gives immersion students greater self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
- Proven performance on standardized tests: Immersion students perform as well or better than non-immersion students on standardized tests in
- Preparation for a global society and marketplace: Immersion students are better prepared for the global community and job markets where 21st-century skills are an asset.
Did You Know?
- Knowing how to speak a second language will make it easier to learn a third language.
- Using language in a variety of subjects increases the students’ flexibility with the
- English speakers, despite learning through two languages, excel in their native English, scoring higher than peers studying only in
- Many large worldwide companies will not even consider a potential employee for a job unless they are able to communicate with ease in at least two
Nearly 40 years of research has shown that immersion students score significantly better on standardized tests than non-immersion students.