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Dual Language/Immersion Research, Reports and Articles
There is a considerable body of research that outlines the benefits of dual language/immersion programs for students, including:
higher academic performance,
greater cognitive development in mental flexibility, creativity, and divergent thinking,
high levels of proficiency in the target language and in English,
positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors, and
enhanced career opportunities.
Here are some recent publications that describe these benefits.
Note: All documents are hyperlinked from a Google drive. Please click on the item you would like and download a copy using the download arrow in the center.
Thomas & Collier Studies
Dr. Wayne Thomas and Dr. Virginia Collier, Professors Emeritus at George Mason University, have conducted a longitudinal study of North Carolina's dual language/immersion programs. Here are the results of that work:
Year 1 (2007-2008)
Year 2 (2008-2009)
Year 3 (2009-2010)
In addition, "Astounding Effectiveness - The North Carolina Story" was included as Chapter 5 in Thomas & Collier's book,
Dual Language Education for a Transformed World
Excerpt of Chapter 5
Published Graphs from North Carolina Study
U.S. Department of Education: Office of English Language Acquisition
Dual Language Education Programs: Current State Policies and Practices
Recommended Books & Other Research Materials
The Psycholinguistics of Bilingualism
by Francois Grosjean and Ping Li
ISBN-13: 978-1444332797 (Paperback version; also available in Hardcover and Kindle)
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