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Dual Language Immersion

A Dual Immersion or Dual Language program is an instructional model that provides content-based instruction to students in two languages where the goal is for the students, over a number of years of participation in the program, to become proficient and literate in both languages, while also meeting high academic standards in all subject areas. Other terminology that is commonly used for one of the variations of this type of program model is Dual Language, Two-way Dual Language, One-way Dual Language, Partial Immersion, Full Immersion, etc. Typically, programs begin at kindergarten or 1st grade and continue through elementary school, and, if possible, into middle and high school.

A number of these types of programs currently exist in a variety of districts in Washington—including Bellevue, Evergreen, Highline, Kennewick, Mt. Vernon, Northshore, Pasco, Seattle, Vancouver, Wenatchee, and Yakima—offering instruction in Spanish, Japanese, and/or Mandarin Chinese. Since 2012, OSPI has been working with a graduate student at the UW College of Education to survey districts in the state to gather more information about these program models.

Resources from the Dual Immersion Boot Camp in Seattle, WA August 19, 2014

  • Dual Immersion Boot Camp: For Educators Day 1

Resources from the Dual Immersion Summit in Vancouver, WA October 11, 2012

Table Topics Resource Links


"Did I get an IH?" Proficiency-Based Assessment and Student Empowerment
View the OSPI webinar recording June 11, 2014. Originally presented by David Kojo Hakam and Chiung-Chen Yu at the 2014 National Chinese Language Conference. View the Conference Presentation Slides.

The Astounding Effectiveness of Dual Language Education for All
Collier and Thomas webinar March 24, 2014.
To request access to the webinar recording, please contact

Dual Language Washington website
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