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Two-Way Language Immersion

Program Description

MCPS offers Two Way Immersion programs (Spanish-English) at three schools. While individual schools’ models vary in scheduling, all three programs follow a 50/50 model, indicating that 50% of instruction is delivered in each program language. The Two Way Immersion Programs are open to students enrolled at these schools, and are not included in the lottery for MCPS’s other World Language Immersion programs.

 
 

Two-Way Immersion is an educational model in which students develop high levels of speaking, reading, writing, and listening in English and in Spanish (or another non-English language). Teachers deliver the same academic content and standards (MCPS Curriculum) as traditional classroom teachers, while providing instruction in two languages. Ideally Two-Way Immersion classes are comprised of a fairly equal balance of native English-speaking students and native Spanish-speaking students. Native speakers of each language serve as fluent peer models of the language. The students receive lessons from two teachers; one providing academic instruction in English, and the other providing academic instruction in Spanish. Teachers are native or near-native speakers of the target language.



Brown Station

Immersion Information

The Two-Way Immersion (TWI) model will be implemented at Brown Station Elementary School beginning in 2017-18 for all kindergarten classes, and will move upward throughout the grades each year. By the 2022-2023 school year all grades and all classrooms will follow the TWI Model.

Language Arts and Math instruction will be delivered in both English and Spanish for all students in the TWI program. Science instruction will occur in Spanish, and Social Studies instruction will be delivered in English. The language of instruction will alternate every two days between the two languages. A classroom of students will receive all content instruction in one language for two consecutive school days, and on the two consecutive school days to follow, the same group of students will receive instruction in the other language classroom. This means your child will have two classrooms, each with a different teacher; one for Spanish and one for English. All specials will be taught in English.

As this program continues to grow, Brown Station teachers and staff will receive ongoing, intensive support, resources, and recommendations from experts. This includes a partnership with the Center for Applied Linguistics, which provides continuous professional development, conducts site visits, and shares feedback on strengths and growth areas for instructional delivery.

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Kemp Mill

Immersion Information

The Two Way Immersion (TWI) model is implemented in grades K-5 at Kemp Mill Elementary School. All students enrolled in kindergarten and first grade in 2017-2018 receive instruction in both English and Spanish. In grades two through five, most students participate in Two Way Immersion although some classes offer monolingual English instruction. The TWI model will be implemented across all Kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms in 2018-19, and will continue to roll up through the grades so that by the 2021-2022 school year, all classrooms in all grade levels will follow the TWI model.

Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies content are delivered in both English and Spanish for students in the TWI program. The language of instruction alternates every week. For example, during Week A, a student will receive instruction all day, all week in one language (for example English). The following week, Week B, the same student will receive instruction, all day, all week in the other language (Spanish). All specials classes (Art, STEM, Music, PE) are instructed in English.

As this program continues to evolve, Kemp Mill teachers and staff continuously receive ongoing, intensive support, resources, and recommendations from TWI experts. This includes a partnership with the Center for Applied Linguistics and professional development to implement research-based best practices. This support also includes site visits to provide feedback on strength and growth areas for instructional delivery.

 

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Washington Grove

Immersion Information

Two-Way Immersion (TWI) began in Summer 2017 for incoming kindergarteners attending Washington Grove Elementary School. The model will be implemented for all kindergarten classes during the 2017-18 school year, and will move upward throughout the grades each year. By the 2022-2023 school year all grades and all classrooms will follow the TWI Model.

All content (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies) will alternate daily between the two languages. A classroom of students will receive all content instruction in one language for a full day, and the following day the same group of students will receive instruction in the other language classroom for the full day. This means your child will have two classrooms, each with a different teacher; one for Spanish and one for English. In addition, Kindergarteners will receive Spanish instruction in Art, Media and STEM classes.

As this program continues to grow, Washington Grove teachers and staff will receive ongoing, intensive support, resources, and recommendations from experts. This includes a partnership with the Center for Applied Linguistics, which provides continuous professional development, conducts site visits, and shares feedback on strengths and growth areas for instructional delivery. 

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Contact

Christine Miller

Supervisor, English for Speakers of Other Languages/Two Way Immersion 
Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs 
Montgomery County Public Schools 
850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville MD 20850 
(301)279-3671 

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