Models

All elementary school dual language programs, regardless of the population, use the partner language (the language other than English) for AT LEAST 50% of the instructional day.

There are two basic models:

Full Immersion (90/10): In two-way and developmental bilingual programs, the partner language is used most or all of the day in the primary grades (80-90%). Foreign language (one-way) immersion programs that implement the full immersion program use the partner language for 100% of subject matter instruction, and in some cases, also offer specialist classes in the partner language. In all cases, the partner language and English are used equally in the later grades.

Partial Immersion (50/50): The partner language and English are used equally throughout the program.

Example of a 90/10 program

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Source: National Dual Language Consortium

(National Dual Language Consortium http://www.dual-language.org)

Dear Families, educators, and partners,

In 2020 we announced that the DC Language Immersion Project would close its doors due to lack of resources. However, before completely dissolving the organization, we recently asked a group of local and national educators if they - individually or collectively - would be interested in continuing the work of advocating for multilingual education in the District of Columbia. We are pleased to announce that a few individuals responded yes and volunteered to forge a plan to continue this vital work.

So, we are not closing our doors but we are entering a six-to-twelve-month period of dormancy as we determine the best path forward for the DC Immersion Project.  Thank you for your continued support and please stay tuned for updates.

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