Dual Language Immersion

An immersion program is a form of dual language education that provides an enriched learning experience by teaching students core academic content in two languages: English and the targeted immersion language. The goal is for all students to become bilingual and bi-literate while achieving at a high academic level and developing cross-cultural skills.

PPS is excited about plans to expand dual language immersion programs in our schools. Read more below.

Dual Language Immersion is expanding:

Dual Language Immersion Expansion Recommendation (1/24/14)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s):
Spanish Immersion Program Expansion
Woodstock and King Chinese Immersion Program Expansion
Vietnamese Immersion Program Creation
FAQ’s written in each partner language will soon be posted.

Next Steps:
The Portland School Board will hear the recommendation at the Monday, Jan. 21 and Jan. 27 board meeting, 6 p.m., 501 N. Dixon St.

Resources for Families Interested in Immersion:

School Choice Process


References available in Prof. Library for Teachers and Administrators:

"Dual Language Development & Disorders: A Handbook on Bilingualism & Second Language Learning" by Fred Genesee, Johanne Paradis and Martha B. Crago

"Struggling Learners & Language Immersion Education" by Tara Williams Fortune with Mandy R. Menke

"Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning" by Jan Chappius

"The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research" by Stephen D Krashen


Suggested Reading:

"Why Bilinguals are Smarter" New York Times 3/18/2012

"Teaching English Language Learners" by Claude Goldenberg, American Educator Summer 2008

Check out what our graduate Global Citizens are up to:

Jovan Duvall, Oregon State