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Two-way immersion program 
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Post Two-way immersion program
Does anyone teach in a Two-way immersion program (aka dual language)? I have done a lot of research on the topic and am interested in finding out more first hand from classroom teachers what they think of it. I work in a school district that will probably move to a TWI program in the near future. Or if you know of any great research on the topic let me know.
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Sorry, but what exactly is a 2-way immersion program? and what is a TW1 program? Sounds intriguing.


Thu Nov 23, 2006 7:35 am
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Post TWI program
A TWI (two way immersion progam) is a program where 50% of the students are native speakers of the dominant language and 50% of the students are native speakers of the minority language. So for example in the US a typical TWI program would be English (dominant language) and Spanish (minority language). The idea is to teach both populations a second language and create a truely bilingual society. Research has proven this is the most effective way to teach a second language over bilingual programs and ESL programs. The program would have to begin in kindergarten and run through 4-5th grade. This way the kids are introduced to both languages and literacies from an early age.

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