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Useful Websites for Parents Considering Dual Language
What the Research Says About Bilingual Brain Benefits
 Two Way Immersion Education: The Basics:
The Hottest Job Skill Is…
Why Bilinguals are Smarter
Bilingual People Are Like Brain Bodybuilders
Bilinguals Switch Tasks Faster Than Monolinguals
The Bilingual Brain:
BilBingual and Dual Language Organizations
Center for Applied Linguistics (
Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (
National Association of Bilingual Education (
Illinois Research Center (
The Real Scoop on Dual Language Education
Unsolicited Feedback from a Dual Language Parent
Frequently Asked Questions About Dual Language
Preparing Your Child (and You) for Dual Language Kinder
Dual Language Learners: 5 Tips for Parents
Advice for Parents of Dual Language Students
Meet and Ask the Experts of Bilingual and Dual Language Education
My Best Tips for Raising Bilingual Kids
Bilingual Monkeys: Ideas and Inspiration for Raising Bilingual Kids
Recursos para padres hispanohablantes acerca del programa de doble
Ensayos Academicos
Conceptos basicos acerca de la educacion bilingue de inmersion reciproca
 Criar ninos bilingues tiene muchos beneficios
 ¿Cuales son algunos de los beneficios de aprender en dos idiomas?
Si su nino aprende en dos idiomas
El mapa del cerebro bilingue
Los beneficios cognitivos de hablar mas de un idioma
El bilinguismo protege el cerebro y nos hace mas eficientes
Mas informacion acerca de criar un nino bilingue
Cuando se habla mas que un idioma en el hogar
 Ninos que aprenden en dos idiomas: cinco consejos para los padres
Los 5 mitos mas comunes de criar ninos bilingues
Preguntas frecuentes de familias bilingues
 Quiero que mi hijo sea bilingue y yo no soy
 El nino y el bilinguismo
Criando ninos bilingues
How Can I Support My Student in Dual Language Immersion?
Whether you speak the immersion language or not, the best way to support your student is by creating a supportive
learning environment in the language of the home. This literacy-rich foundation is built as you read, write, listen,
and talk to your student in your own language and culture, building a bond of learning with them.
Support your student in the language of the home. Read WITH them and TO them in your native language
EVERY day.
Ask your student open-ended questions about what they are learning in school. Encourage curiosity by
teaching them to question the world around them.
Emphasize the value of acquiring another language. Applaud their efforts in the language immersion.
Help your student develop effective study skills. Ask your teacher how much homework to expect and
regularly set aside time to work on it. Remember that homework is the student’s responsibility and
encourage them to be accountable by following up with them later.
Become involved in your student’s school experience by volunteering in the immersion classroom or
helping with materials, activities, or field trips.
Extend cultural experiences beyond the classroom. Take your child to a local event such as a Portuguese
festival, a Spanish restaurant, or a Chinese New Year party.
Expose your student to the language through technology and media. Use apps, movies, TV, or internet to
increase the amount of time your student spends engaging in the immersion language. For example, watch
a favorite movie in French instead of English, or listen to Portuguese music or Spanish books on CD.
As your student grows, consider participating in an exchange or work program, summer language camp, or
a family vacation to another country.
(Based on suggestions from French Immersion in Manitoba: A Handbook for School Leaders)