An Experimental Language Immersion Program

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In the 1960’s, Canada was a multi-cultural environment, with both English and French speakers. Not only were people speaking different languages, they had their own unique customs and practices that went along with their culture. Parents of school-age children convinced educators to test out an experimental language immersion program. This program would facilitate learning of both the English and French language, as well as the separate traditions and cultures of each. Programs like this are still around today, teaching many different language combinations.
Elementary age children are put in a classroom to learn different skills, such as English, mathematics, history, and reading. Is this a time when they should be learning another language as well? Studies have been done on language immersion programs, both for English speakers as well as English learners. Each program is unique, but most consist of a certain amount of time each day being taught different subjects in their native language, and then being taught the remaining time in a different language. The results show that bilingualism has had positive effects on the children.
In an article titled Primary students ' proficiency and achievement: The difference two-way immersion programs can make, it says, “Overall, language-majority students (referring to English speakers learning a new language) in the two-way immersion program significantly outperformed similar students in a control school on
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