What is Immersion Education?

  • One of the most interesting innovations to emerge in second language education is immersion education. There has been a shift away from teaching language in isolation from academic content; that is, teaching a “foreign language” as a separate class unto itself. Instead, research shows the most effective way for children to acquire a second language is to integrate instruction into the standard curriculum children are already learning. Language is used as the medium to learn the curriculum that children are required to know. What this means to us is that depending on the grade level your child is in, parts of the Cupertino Union School District’s and the California State Educational curriculum will be delivered in Mandarin (e.g., social studies, science, mathematics, physical education, and language arts). At different times science, mathematics, physical education, and language arts curriculum are delivered in English.

    Two - Way Immersion Overview:

    http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/ip/

    Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Resources:

    http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/ip/resources.asp

    Types of programs and descriptions for language instruction educational programs:

    https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/multilingualedu.asp

    Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Programs in California frequently asked questions on two-way instructional approaches and other issues:

    http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/ip/faq.asp

     Find Dual Language Schools By State:

    http://www.duallanguageschools.org/