Dual language immersion education is a method of educating students in an instructional setting that allows them to acquire a second language through subject content instruction, educational discourse, and social interaction in the second language for at least 50% of the academic day (Cloud et al., 2000).
All addalingua programs are steadfast in the following three goals:
- grade-level biliteracy
- cultural competence
- academic achievement commensurate with or above that of similar student populations within the same school or district
Commitment to upholding the these three goals ensures that addalingua programs are additive, not subtractive in nature. Additive programs follow quality guidelines and demonstrate student outcomes that reflect grade-level literacy skills in two languages rather than one. In other words, students become proficient in a second language at NO COST to their home language.