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Immersion Education & Bilingualism

Learning in an Immersion Program

In our English Immersion Program, language teaching is at the center of our instructional approach. Our Immersion Program is an intensive form of “content-based instruction” in which we integrate the content and skills of the academic subjects from the Japanese national curriculum with English language proficiency goals. Through this process students concurrently learn the specific content, skills and concepts of each subject and acquire English language skills.

However, immersion is not simply teaching the regular academic content through a foreign language. In order for students to acquire the skills and concepts of the academic program AND acquire functional proficiency in English, teachers must work within a distinct instructional framework. This instructional framework consists of three general principles derived from second language research and includes various instructional strategies that exemplify these principles.

The core principles of instruction in our program consists of three basic principles:

Comprehensible Input is essential to both academic achievement and second language development. In order for language learning to occur, input should be at or just slightly above the learner’s current level of proficiency. Teachers in our program do this by:

Structured & Extended Output is important because traditional teacher-fronted, lecture-based question and answer sessions do not provide the number or kinds of opportunities needed for L2 language development. By providing learners with opportunities for output students are pushed to deeper levels of language processing. Students must go beyond passive comprehension of the language and develop the ability to communicate their thoughts and ideas in English. Some examples of this include:

Focus on Form is critical to helping students develop high levels of proficiency and produce language with greater grammatical accuracy. Teachers do this in sevearal ways:

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