Facts about 50/50 Two-Way Dual Language
1. What is dual language?
Dual language is a form of bilingual education in which students are taught literacy and content in two languages.
2. What does two-way mean?
Two-way dual language programs enroll a balance of native English speakers and native speakers of the partner language.
3. What does 50/50 mean?
The partner language and English are used equally throughout the program.
Three Major Benefits of Dual Language Learning
1- Researchers have found that actively using two languages seems to have a protective effect against age-related dementia.
2- In studies covering six states and 37 districts, they have found that, compared with students in English-only classrooms or in one-way immersion, dual-language students have somewhat higher test scores and also seem to be happier in school. Attendance is better, behavioral problems fewer, parent involvement higher.
3- It turns out that, in many ways, the real trick to speaking two languages consists in managing not to speak one of those languages at a given moment — which is fundamentally a feat of paying attention.