Established in 2015, VVUSD’S Dual Language Immersion program has the mission to prepare its students academically, linguistically, and socially to meet the needs and changes of the global community. Their Dual Language Immersion Program develops bilingualism and bi-literacy in English and a second language by integrating multilingual students (ELs) with English speakers.
This program aims for bilingualism, bi-literacy, and multicultural competence so children can evolve in two languages through their student years.
This program combines the Foreign language immersion* model and the 90:10 Model** with the Maintenance bilingual education model***.
*Foreign Language immersion is a method of teaching a second language in which the means of instruction is the target language. This method uses this language as a teaching tool meaning all of the subjects taught in the target language.
**90:10 Model: This is a model in which students will receive 90% of their instruction in their target language through their first years, and the amount of this one will be decreasing each year until the Instruction is 50% in Spanish and 50% In English by the grade 4-6.
***Maintenance bilingual education model: An enrichment model that adds to students linguistic abilities or additive bilingualism continuing the development in both languages, preserving and enhancing students’ skills in their native language while they acquire a new one.