We’ve designed addalingua programs to make sure students reach three goals:
- academic achievement equal to or greater than monolingual peers
- grade-level biliteracy
- cultural competency
challenges to success
Though most dual language and immersion schools want students to reach these same goals, creating the environment they need to do so is challenging discussed in a 2015 report conducted for the U.S. Department of Education.
- inconsistent terminology related to bilingual, dual language, and immersion education makes it difficult for schools to choose program design, instructional practices, and assessments in line with promised student outcomes
- a shortage of dual language immersion teachers with sufficient proficiency in languages other than English
- high stakes testing requirements in English that fail to consider the developmental process of two-language learners
- instructional resources directly translated from English that fail to account for the contextual and linguistic integrity of a given language
Without clear guidelines and deep understanding of second language acquisition in K-12 education, even school teams with the best intentions can inadvertently develop dual language programs that set students up to pay a high price.
solutions for success
Partner schools implementing addalingua programs have the tools necessary to deliver on promises made to stakeholders about student outcomes. addalingua programs . . .
addalingua program standards
- align to standards in four essential areas to ensure overall program health (program fidelity, dual language development, balanced biliteracy, and progress monitoring)
- equip school leaders with coaching and tools grounded in best practice
- prepare teachers through five years of job-embedded, dual-language specific professional learning
- provide teams with a K – 12 student learning trajectory and resources aligned to addalingua proficiency toward biliteracy and cultural competency standards
- monitor student progress toward reaching grade level proficiency in both languages of instruction, cultural competency, and academic achievement through an interactive teaching and learning platform