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By Maria J. Treviño

Begin your research with an Internet search on Immersion Programs and you will have many resources to review as you plan your program. Below are a few resources to start your research. You will need at least one year to plan and design your program. As part of your research, plan to visit schools that have immersion programs in place.  Observing an immersion classroom in action can provide more information than all of the material that you research.  ¡Buena Suerte!

 

LANGUAGE ORGANIZATIONS:

ACTFL – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages – http://www.actfl.org/

CARLA – Center for Advanced Research in Language Education

http://www.carla.umn.edu/immersion/ACIE.html

CAL – Center for Applied Linguistics – http://www.cal.org/

Directory of Foreign Language Immersion Programs in U. S. Schools – http://webapp.cal.org/Immersion/  

Dual Language Education of New Mexico – http://www.dlenm.org/archive/2007/dlenm/index.html 

Global Village Academics

http://www.globalvillageacademy.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=237097&type=d&pREC_ID=546478

NNELL – National Network for Early Language Learning – http://nnell.org/

 

SCHOOL DISTRICTS/STATE DEPARTMENTS OF EDUCATION (examples of immersion programs):

Alamo Heights Independent School District – San Antonio, TX

http://www.ahisd.net/spanimm/immerindex.htm

Jordan School District in Utah

http://worldlanguages.jordandistrict.org/dualimmersion/

Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland – http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/curriculum/specialprograms/admissions/immersion.aspx

School District of Osceola County Florida

http://www.osceola.k12.fl.us/depts/Multicultural_Education_Department/DualLanguageProgram.asp

Utah State Office of Education – http://www.schools.utah.gov/curr/dualimmersion/

Ysleta Independent School District – El Paso, TX (Alicia Chacón International School)

http://www.ejeacademies.org/ourpages/auto/2010/9/8/48567192/Chacon%20International%20School-2%20Way%20Immersion%20Program.pdf

 

ARTICLES: 

The Alicia Chacón International School: Portrait of an Exemplary Two-Way Immersion Program by Elizabeth R. Howard – http://www.ejeacademies.org/ourpages/auto/2010/9/8/48567192/Chacon%20International%20School-2%20Way%20Immersion%20Program.pdf

5 Key Elements of Successful Language Immersion Programs by Sylvia Cochran

http://www.brighthubeducation.com/language-learning-tips/126666-five-key-elements-of-total-immersion-language-programs/

What Research Tells Us About Immersion by Tara Williams Fortune

http://asiasociety.org/education/chinese-language-initiatives/what-research-tells-us-about-immersion  

 

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS:

Descubre el español –  SWL   

http://www.santillanausa.com/catalogs/santillana-usa-k12-catalog/spanish-as-a-world-language/descubre-en-espanol-con-santillana.html

Yabisí – Spanish for native speakers 

http://www.santillanausa.com/catalogs/santillana-usa-k12-catalog/dual-language-and-spanish-content-area/yabisi-k-6.html

 

María J. Fierro-Treviño

Instructional Specialist, Northside Independent School District, San Antonio, TX. (Retired)

Director for Languages other than English, Texas Education Agency (Retired)

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