The importance of a language specific approach to literacy has just been underscored by a new study from Claude Goldenberg of the Stanford Graduate School of Education. The study finds that awareness of individual letter sounds, which is the foundational skill for early literacy instruction in English, isn’t as important when teaching beginning readers in Spanish.
We’re continuing our series on how to be a great immersion parent by suggesting another question that parents should be asking as they evaluate if a dual language immersion education program is right for their child: How do school leaders raise the status of the… Read More
We know growth (both personal and programmatic) doesn’t happen by accident. The learners AND leaders at leadership institute 2016 gave tremendous amounts of time and energy, all fueled by a desire to prepare students for an interconnected world.
I am so thankful that we took a leap of faith and enrolled our children in an early total one-way Mandarin Chinese immersion program. BUT…this type of education–so foreign (pardon the terrible adjective) from the way I was raised–produces many questions.
When children struggle in immersion classrooms, stakeholders may be tempted to blame the difficulty on the students’ learning in a second language. But is the immersion language or model really the issue? Our answer, based on research and twenty years of experience, is an emphatic, “no.”
It’s not every day that one of the nation’s foremost researchers in the field of dual language immersion gathers with our team and visits our founding partner school. So when Dr. Tara Fortune, director of the Immersion Research and Professional Development Program at CARLA, joined us in January, we made proverbial hay.
We help schools do the important “why” work early–ensuring that their community understands and owns a vision for dual language immersion education.
On January 26, add.a.lingua will welcome Dr. Tara Fortune to west Michigan for a program observation at Zeeland Christian School as teachers there implement the add.a.lingua Mandarin Chinese instructional frameworks.
By the time they reach out to us, many schools and families are familiar with the “why” of immersion education. It is the “what” and “how” questions that remain most perplexing.
Portland may revel in its reputation as one of the “weirdest” cities in the United States, but a new study of its public school system shows that it’s also one of the most committed to dual language immersion education.