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 competence
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.
Learn how our programs set the standard. addalingua program standards