Immersion Explained

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.

The Benefits

Critical Thinking

Fully proficient bilinguals outperform monolinguals in pattern recognition and problem solving.

Math and Science

Students in immersion programs score higher on SATs and PISA tests in math and reading.

Cultural Knowledge

Students in immersion understand and appreciate cultures.

Language Proficiency

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 proven 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.

Immersion Schools in the US

Center for Applied Linguistics