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Dual Language Education

Dual language education can foster bilingualism and bi-literacy, enhancing students’ awareness of cultural diversity while leveling up academic achievement. Research shows that children who speak more than one language have advantage over monolingual counterparts in communication, cognition and social interaction.

At NCIC-Immersion School, we believe “dual language” and “bi-literacy” development is based upon equal value given to both Chinese and English. This is known as “Additive Bilingualism”: when a child learns to speak a second, or other, language fluently and still retains the first language. Students in the dual language immersion programs can retain language proficiency in both languages when their primary language and secondary language are treated with equitable status. In leveraging students’ home language, cultural assets and prior knowledge, learning will be structured around the building blocks of home-community-region-and world. Learning becomes more meaningful to students because it is an exploration of how to make connection to the immediate and larger world around them. Language becomes the tool students will use to communicate their thoughts to different audiences, using different language for different purpose. Family as the most influential factor of the child’s learning, will be expected to participate actively in the maintenance and development of the home language and culture.

 

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