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Timpanogos Elementary School

Last modified: January 10, 2019

Dual Immersion

The purpose of the program is to teach children to be bilingual in English and Spanish.  Some important facts about this program:

  • Students learn through being immersed in each language. Through this program students encourage and teach each other, and eventually all become bilingual. 
  • Dual immersion classes begin in first grade.
  • Timpanogos School is a 2-way model in which half of the class is made up of native speakers of English and the other half is made up of native speakers of Spanish.
  • Students are taught the curriculum 50% of the time in English and 50% of the time in Spanish by native speaker of each language whenever possible.
  • The homework should be a review of what was taught in class, therefore something that your child is familiar with. When everything is translated, children begin to rely on the translation rather than learning through context.  Please do not expect homework to be translated beyond directions. 
  • A few of the benefits of dual immersion are:
    • Students become proficient in two languages.
    • Spanish-speaking students actually learn English more quickly than those in English-only classes.
    • Students learn and appreciate different cultures.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, feel free to contact us in the main office or at 801-374-4955.

If you wish your student to participate in the Dual Immersion Program at Timpanogos, there will be informational meetings (held by the District) about the application process sometime in January or February.