The Dual Immersion Program at London Towne

What is the Goal of Dual Immersion?

The Dual Immersion program is a means of acquiring a world language through content matter instruction. Spanish is the target language here at London Towne. The overall goals of the program are to develop students’ communicative and academic proficiency in Spanish and in English and for students to succeed academically in all subject areas at levels comparable to those they would have reached if they had been schooled only in English. Another benefit of the program is that students develop multicultural awareness and a more global perspective.

This FCPS program is based on the highly successful immersion programs that were implemented in many school districts throughout Canada and the United States in the 1970s and 1980s. The uniqueness of an immersion program is that the language is not taught as a subject. Instead, Spanish becomes the language of instruction for part of the curriculum. Children then acquire the world language through interesting and meaningful activities in the language as they learn the concepts of the various subjects included in the curriculum. Research studies show that learning a second language at an early age has a positive effect on intellectual growth and leaves students with more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, and improved listening skills.

What is the Program Model?

The Dual Immersion (Spanish and English) program begins in Kindergarten and extends through Sixth grade with two classes devoted to the program per grade level. In Kindergarten, we enroll the two classes with half of the students being English speakers and the other half, speakers of the target language. Throughout the grades, we seek to maintain this balance to enhance the element of peer modeling.

At London Towne, students selected for the Immersion program spend half of their school day learning mathematics, science, and health through the medium of Spanish. The other half of their day is spent learning social studies, reading, and writing in English. Children switch between the two classes each day. The target language teacher teams with the grade-level English teacher to integrate the total FCPS curriculum.

It is important for parents to know that from the onset, there is no translation between languages.


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