Why is two-way dual immersion the recommended way to learn a new language?

The advantage of a two-way dual-language program is that it combines native speakers with new-language learners. Each student has the opportunity to be both a first-language model and a second-language learner. The Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) states some of the benefits for both groups of language students in a two-way program. “Language-minority students build their native language proficiency, which in the long run strengthens their acquisition of the majority language (English). English speakers develop proficiency in a new language, and their English skills are strengthened by this additional cognitive process. They maintain use of English in the majority culture, so their English skills do not diminish during the time they are immersed in the new language, and their English school achievement eventually outperforms that of native English speakers who have been schooled in English-only instruction.” The University of Minnesota’s Center for Advanced... Continue reading Why is two-way dual immersion the recommended way to learn a new language?