Do I know if learning a second language will propel them toward being a doctor or a lawyer or work in the mission field? No. But I do know this: I have given my children the gift of a second language. Someday they will use it. If asked “would I do it all over again?” THAT I can answer. Yes. 100x over, yes.
“We often look at immersion and see the outside, which is still amazing. But what I’m beginning to notice is that there’s an inside change that happens with these kids too. They begin to see the world differently.”
“The pedagogy is now so very alive and new that, for example, the student, I now know, needs to hear a word used around 70 times [in context] in order to make it a part of their vocabulary. So, just imagine how much we need to do and the resources we need to have in order to make sure that students can learn new vocabulary.”
Even though Mandarin immersion seemed intimidating at first, I now view it as a breath of fresh air. It is so exciting to dream of the possibilities that await these kids whose accent sounds like they’re from China, but they look like they’re from the Netherlands. I am so glad I didn’t let my fears or need for control turn me away from this incredible opportunity.
contributed by: Monica VanderZwaag When we started in Spanish Immersion, we were so excited but also hesitant about the process. Our kids started in preschool, where parent helpers were required, so every few weeks one of us would go in and participate in the class. … Read More
“In immersion, I have to step back and trust. Trust the teachers, trust the immersion process. And, I must be patient as I watch my child learn at a pace different than what I’m used to, but at exactly the right pace for immersion.”
The Vander Zwaag family are the veterans in our DLI parent series. With children in 6th, 4th and 2nd grades, they have the most experience walking this immersion journey. We think you’ll find their insights truly inspiring as they reflect on their experiences with this form… Read More
It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to the first of 4 families who will be journeying with us via our blog this year! Benjamin and Cara Wickstra live in Holland. Benjamin practices dentistry at their family offices in Hamilton, Cara manages the active… Read More
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
The familiar sound of ringing bells welcomed Michigan policy makers back to school on Monday morning–this time for a tour of add.a.lingua partner programs.