ICT: Native Language Immersion Makes Students Better

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As Congress considers two bills to support Native American language immersion, including the Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act, it is time to take stock. What does research say about the impact of Native-language immersion on Native students’ academic achievement? We now have 30 years—more than a generation—of data on Native-language immersion in the U.S. and beyond. In this article I highlight key findings from this research.

But first, what do we mean by Native-language immersion? It may be easier to begin with what immersion isnot.Native-language immersion is not simply “Native language instruction.” It is not a pullout program or a 50-minute class. Native-language immersion is notsubmersion, a method that compels students to learn a second language at the expense of their mother tongue.

 

Read more athttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/09/05/native-language-immersion-makes-students-better

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