Immersion education: an education model in which students learn subject matter (math, science, social studies, and language arts) using an additional language as the vehicle of instruction.
Fully proficient bilinguals outperform monolinguals in pattern recognition and problem solving.
Math and Science
Students in immersion programs score higher on SATs, PISA tests in math and reading
Students in immersion understand and appreciate cultures
Students develop strong reading and writing skills in target language and equal or better performance in English
Creativity / Flexibility
Bilinguals are better at divergent thinking
Growth of Immersion Education
Immersion programs in the US have grown 94% from 1981 to 2011. The rise in popularity can be attributed to the benefits of an immersion education. Research continues to find more and more benefits which are not only academic but cognitive, creative, and social.
Students who learn in an immersion environment gain more than just an additional language. They are given skills to help them succeed for their rest of their lives.