Resources for more information about Language Immersion Programs:
This is an overview of foriegn language immersion programs, how they are structured, and what they have to offer.
Scientific American: The Neural Advantages of Speaking 2 Languages A new study published in Psychological Science reveals that knowledge of a second language-even one learned in adolescence-affects how people read in their native tongue. The findings suggest that after learning a second language, people never look at words the same way again.
Article from Education Week on Foreign Languages in Glastonbury, CT "Foreign-Languages Acquisition a Vital Part of District's Mission" The Glastonbury, Conn., public school district, encompassing a small farming community, has quietly become a foreign-language powerhouse, with half of all graduates having studied two foreign languages, and 40% having been exposed to three. Glastonbury's reputation makes it a draw for foreign-language teachers, this article says, which means the district doesn't have to grapple with the challenges of finding and retaining qualified teachers.
Characteristics of Effective Elementary School Foreign Language Programs Learn from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) what it takes to have a successful program
Research in Support of Early Language Programs If, like us, you are research-driven, this is the site for you. An annotated bibliography to studies supporting immersion and other early language programs. Studies compare academic achievement of students (all ages) that have studied or been exposed to a foreign language to those who have not.