Thesis Title

A Literature Review: Dual Immersion Programs in Elementary Schools

Graduation Date

Spring 2003

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form

Print

Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name

Education

Program Director

Madalienne F. Peters, EdD

Abstract

This literature review examines the procedure for implementing a dual immersion program in a public elementary school. Two-way bilingual programs carry on the goals of bilingual proficiency, academic proficiency, academic achievement, and positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors. This type of program refers to an integrated model in which speakers of two languages are placed together in a bilingual classroom to receive instruction across the curriculum through the two target languages. It is a grade-level, mainstream bilingual program, in which native-English speakers are included.

The results of two-way bilingual program studies point to their effectiveness in educating nonnative-English speaking students. The ultimate goal for two-way bilingual programs is to produce students fluent in two languages and to improve the relationships between majority and minority group members by enhancing their cross-cultural understanding and appreciation.

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