Dual Immersion (DI)
About PUSD's Dual Language Program
Dual Immersion Overview
The Two-Way Bilingual Immersion (TWBI) program in PUSD integrates language minority (English Learners) students and language majority (English proficient) students for the purpose of developing bilingualism, bi-literacy, and bi-culturalism.
Instruction is delivered at Kindergarten in Spanish 90% of the day and in English 10%; this gradually shifts until by the 5th grade 50% of the day is spent in each language. At the secondary level, 1/3 of the day is in Spanish and 2/3 is in English.
The curriculum taught is aligned with the Common Core State Standards in Language Arts, Mathematics, and all other subjects.
Dual Immersion Philosophy:
- Language learning is natural for young children
- Language learning challenges mental development
- Language learning prepares students for diversity
The Dual Immersion program combines students from two language groups and teaches them in both of their languages. The program includes balanced numbers of English, Spanish and Bilingual speaking students.
At first, students are taught the majority of the day in Spanish by a Spanish-speaking teacher. Students are also taught in English by an English-speaking teacher.
Gradually, the language of instruction shifts until by the 5th grade, 50% of the day is in Spanish and 50% of the day is in English. Throughout, students help each other to speak, read, write and understand one other's language.
- Students will gain proficiency in both Spanish and English
- Academic achievement in Spanish and English
- Positive self-esteem, cultural awareness and sensitivity
- Bilingual Enrichment Program
- Students gain a new language
- High Academic Achievement
- Job opportunities in many careers
- Critical & creative thinking promoted
- Language requirements fulfilled for high school and university credits
Who can participate?
Kindergarten students who speak Spanish, English or both can participate. Classes are balanced among the language groups.
There is no specific criterion, but rather parents choose to enroll their child in the Dual Immersion Program, committing to a period of six years (K-5).
Junior High and High School Programs are also available.
Usually, children enter the Dual Immersion Program at kindergarten. Sometimes students choose and qualify to enter at later grade levels.
Program Model - 90/10
5 Spanish 90% 80% 80% 70% 60% 50% English 10% 20% 20% 30% 40% 50%
Grades 6 - 12
- Spanish Language Arts
- Spanish Social Studies or Science
- English Mainstream Classes
Programs for English Learners and Dual Language Instruction
DI Information Brochures
Dual Immersion Application and Information documents:2023-2024 Kindergarten Application for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program / 2023-2024 Applicación de Kindergarten para el Pragrama de Lenguaje de Doble Inmersión (LDI)