As former teachers and program leaders in dual language immersion programs, we know intimately the challenges of starting and growing successful immersion programs, such as:
- establishing a school culture that invites change and embraces differences
- developing teachers from our own communities and across the world
- educating Spanish and English-speaking families
- preparing students for life, college or career in two languages
We launched addalingua over a decade ago in order to share our collective experience with other educators who were facing these same challenges.
Our core purpose is to inspire global empathy through education in two languages. We achieve this by implementing quality dual language immersion programs into school systems.
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:
- academic achievement equal to or greater than monolingual peers
- grade-level biliteracy
- cultural competency
Commitment to upholding the these three goals ensures that addalingua partner 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.
Our approach is simple. We establish long-term partnerships with schools. Yes – we really are in it for the long haul. We stick by your side. Any successful partnership has two equally important participants.
On one side of the partnership, we, addalingua, provide schools with the addalingua programs, rigorous standards, extensive professional learning, resources for teaching and learning, and ongoing support through online office hours and partner care.
On the other side of the partnership, our partner schools dive in and bring addalingua programs to life in their communities. They participate enthusiastically in the five-year professional learning sequence, attend addalingua events, reach out when they need advice, and collaborate with other addalingua school colleagues on the same journey. We have more than a decade of experience to prove that it really does “take two to tango” to achieve the best results.
Dig deeper into our story below or continue by exploring our addalingua programs.
Cloud, N., Genesee, F., & Hamayan, E. (2000). Dual Language Instruction. Boston, Massachusetts: Heinle & Heinle.