Two-Way Immersion (TWI) Programs
Two-way immersion programs are growing in popularity in the United States. Research shows that immersion education is the best model for attaining academic success while teaching a second language to both English speakers and English learners. Will Rogers began its TWI program in the Fall of 2009 with four kindergarten classes, with the program growing a grade level each year. At the beginning of this 2014-2015 school year the TWI program is officially K-5, school-wide!
The Goals of TWI
- Bilingualism: High levels of proficiency in English and Spanish
- Biliteracy: High levels of academic proficiency in English and Spanish
- Multicultural Competency: Understanding of different cultures and development of high self esteem
- Community Participation: High levels of home school collaboration and support of all students
Program Design and Evaluation
Will Rogers Two-Way Immersion model is a 50/50 Successive Instructional Program. The enrollment of each class includes English-speaking and Spanish-speaking students. In this model, students learn to read first in the language they speak at home. Formal second language reading instruction begins in second grade. Each day all students receive 50% of their instruction in English and 50% in Spanish. Evaluation of student progress includes regular district assessment plus assessments of Spanish language skills.
Parent participation is an integral part of the Two-Way Immersion Program. There are many opportunities for home/school collaboration. These include:
Parent Meetings: Meetings are held every trimester to keep parents informed about classroom activities and to give parents ideas about how to support their student's academic progress and language acquisition.
Parents and staff participate in ongoing Will Rogers involvement activities such as the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC), School Site Council (SSC) and Two-Way Immersion parent meetings. As part of our partnership we encourage classroom volunteer opportunities, family literacy nights, field trips, book exchanges, school work projects, trimester conferences and other volunteer activities.