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American Council on Immersion Education (ACIE) Newsletter Articles Online Archive

The Bridge:
From Research to Practice

School Profiles

Best Practices

Research Reports

Immersion 101

Guest Editorials

Points for Parents

Techno Tips

Student & Teacher Voices

Immersion Milestones

 

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Thematic Issues

From 2002-2010, the ACIE Newsletter has published theme-specific issues each May. Theme issues facilitate the exploration of a topic from a variety of practitioner perspectives and in greater depth.


Math Instruction

May 2010

3.3 MB

Bilingualism and Beyond

May 2009

3.0 MB

Mandarin Immersion

May 2008

1.9 MB

10th Anniversary Issue

May 2007

2.2 MB

Writing Development

May 2006

704 KB

Pathways to Bilingualism Conference

May 2005

1.6 MB

Struggling Learners

May 2004

464 KB

Secondary Immersion

May 2003

478 KB

Immersion Education Down Under

May 2002

432 KB

 

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The Bridge: From Research to Practice

Educational research is vital to validating effective practices, challenging ineffective ones, and encouraging innovations. Yet research is only valuable if teachers read and implement findings in their classrooms.

The Bridge feature is included as an insert to encourage teachers to collect them for future reference. We hope this pull-out insert will help immersion teachers stay abreast of the latest research and allow it, when applicable, to affect their own practice.


Achievement of Children Identified with Special Needs in Two-way Spanish/English Immersion Programs

April/May
2011

Dr. Marjorie L. Myers

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Planning Language Objectives for
Integrated Performance Assessments

November
2010

Kimerly Miller

281 Kb

STARTALK Mandarin Elementary Immersion Summer Teacher Education Program (MEISTEP)

May
2010

Tara Fortune
Amy Egenberger

688 Kb

Putting the Pieces Together:
Immersion Curriculum Unit Design

February
2010

Mike Yamakawa

419 Kb

Challenges Facing Beginning Immersion Teachers

November
2009

Jae Cody

148 Kb

Pathways to Bilingualism and Beyond: An
International Conference for the 21st Century

May
2009

Conference Reviews

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Understanding Language and Learning Disabilities in Immersion Education

February
2009

Tara Williams Fortune

320 Kb

Graduates of a Language Immersion Program: What Are They Doing Now?

November
2008

Millie Park Mellgren

196 Kb

Using Stories to Promote Children's Mandarin Language Development in Kindergarten

May
2008

Jing-Tyng (Teresa) Shyu

172 Kb

CARLA-MAIN Website Project

February
2008

Kimerly Miller

324 Kb

Total Immersion Programs: Assessment Data Demonstrate Achievement in Reading and Math

November
2007

Dr. Lysianne Essama

200 Kb

Top Ten Responsibilities of a Successful Immersion Administrator

May
2007

Nicole Boudreaux

156 Kb

Foreign Language Immersion Programs: Features and Trends Over Thirty-Five Years

February
2007

Ashley Lenker and Nancy Rhodes

216 Kb

The Peer Tutoring Literacy Program™: Achieving Reading Fluency and Developing Self-esteem in Elementary School Students

November
2006

Mary Chipman and Nicole Roy

144 Kb

Meeting the Challenges of Second Language Writing Development in the Immersion Classroom

May
2006

Mary Livant

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Refining Curriculum in the Language Immersion Certificate Program: Using Improvisation

February
2006

Elizabeth Chaigne

313 Kb

Does Reading Approach Matter in Two-Way
Immersion Programs?

November
2005

Barbara D. Acosta

174 Kb

Meeting the Challenges of No Child Left Behind in U.S. Immersion Education

May
2005

Mike Anderson

174 Kb

Instructional Scaffolding with Graphic Organizers

February
2005

Laurent Cammarata

181 Kb

Learning Centers: Meaningful Context for Language Use in the Primary Immersion Classroom

November
2004

Joanna Click

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Strategies for Helping Underperforming Immersion Learners Succeed

May
2004

Katy Arnett

730 Kb

Standards for School Leaders:  Implications for Leadership in Foreign Language Immersion Programs

February
2004

Brandon T. Locke

114 Kb

Methods for Promoting the Acquisition of Content and Language

November
2003

Fredricka L. Stoller
& Diane J. Tedick

102 Kb

Implementing Two-Way Immersion Programs in Secondary Schools

May
2003

Christopher L. Montone
& Michael I. Loeb

168 Kb

Maximizing Language Growth Through Collaborative-Creative Writing

February
2003

Tara W. Fortune & Concha Fernández del Rey

188 Kb

Improving Immersion Student Oral Proficiency by Fostering the Use of
Extended Discourse

November
2002

Isabelle Punchard

201 Kb

Integrated Curriculum: Designing Curriculum in the Immersion Classroom

May
2002

Helen Warnod

229 Kb

Creating a Reflective Climate for Success

February
2002

Amy Egenberger

127 Kb

Teaching Learning Strategies in Immersion Classrooms

November
2001

Anna Uhl Chamot

150 Kb

Content-Based Language Instruction:
The Foundation of Language Immersion Education

May
2001

Diane J. Tedick, Karen Jorgensen, & Terri Geffert

49 Kb

Help! They're Using Too Much English! The Problem of L1 vs. L2 in the Immersion Classroom

February
2001

Cindy LaVan

112 Kb

Immersion Teaching Strategies Observation Checklist

November
2000

Tara W. Fortune

408 Kb

Discovering Burkina Faso

June
2000

Maureen Curran-Dorsano

200 Kb

Using English Achievement Data to Promote Immersion Education

March
2000

David Downs-Reid

421 Kb

Bringing the Biodiversity of Ecuador to Spanish Immersion Classrooms

December
1999

Diane Tedick & Constance L. Walker

168 Kb

Developing Oral Proficiency in the Immersion Classroom

May
1999

Miriam Stein

124 Kb

Is Immersion Education Appropriate for All Students?

February
1999

Karine S. Gaffney

192 Kb

The Importance of Sequencing and
Planning When Integrating Language
and Content (w/Lesson Plan)

November
1998

Kathy Numelin

140 Kb

Research on Error Correction and Implications for Classroom Teaching

May
1998

Diane J. Tedick & Barbara de Gortari

96 Kb

Integrating Language and Content Instruction in the Immersion Classroom

February
1998

Elizabeth Graser

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Developing Vocabulary Knowledge in the Immersion Classroom

November
1997

Teresa Belisle

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Best Practices

Sharing ideas that work is the emphasis of this regular feature. Program administrators can learn about school-wide initiatives that promote immersion principles. Classroom teachers can read about tried and true, practical instructional techniques that they might adopt for their classrooms.


Curriculum

   

Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum:  FLAC

November
2000

Jolene Jacobson Barjasteh

K-12 Immersion Programs:  Articulation and Implementation

May
1998

Pat Barr-Harrison

Immersion Incorporates Standards

February
1998

Marty Abbott

Instruction

   

The Globe: Building Critical Writing Skills

February
2010

Leonardo De Andrade

Book Arts Project Enhances Immersion Language Learning

November
2009

Jane Davis Berg

Immersion Students Immerse Themselves in Theater

November
2008

Julie Lenox

Los Niños de Zihuatanejo Service Project: Hoy por ti, mañana por mi

November
2007

David Reid

Ten Teacher Behaviors that Improve Proficiency

May
2007

Myriam Met

“¡Rin, rin, teléfono!”: A Vocabulary-building Classroom Activity

February
2007

Luisa J. Quintanilla

Weblogs in the Immersion Classroom

May
2006

Jennifer Lacey

Parallels Between Music Learning and Language Acquisition: From Fluency to Literacy

November
2004

Nyssa Brown & Deborah Lamb

Teaching the Geography of Francophone Africa

February
2002

Pam Wesely

Doing Oral History in a Spanish Immersion Social Studies Classroom

November
1998

Martha Johnson

As Much Fun as Reccess! Using Drama for Form-Focused Primary Instruction

May
1998

Cathy Lundberg

Draw, Tell, Write, and Read

November
1997

Maureen Curran-Dorsano

Effective Teaching Strategies for Immersion Teachers

November
1997

Helena Curtain & Tara W. Fortune

Language and Literacy Development

   

Jumping into Literacy with Spanish Immersion Junior High Students

November
2007

Martha Johnson

Can First Grade Immersion Students Write in the Target Language?

May
2006

Mary Carmen Bartolini

NCLRC’s Elementary Immersion Learning Strategies Resource Guide

November
2005

Ephy Amoah-Ntim

Reading Support for Primary Immersion Students

May
2004

Terri Fisher & Priscilla Stoner

An Evening with Mimi Met! Discussing Language Growth in Immersion Classrooms

November
2002

Amy Egenberger

Proyecto LEE: Project Read

March
2000

Bonni Chan & John Geise

Getting Students to Read

February
1998

Michelle Broussard

Staff Quality and Professional Development

   

The Language Flagship: A Promising Post-Secondary Option for Immersion Graduates

November
2010

Michael F. Metcalf

Strengthening Immersion Education Through Post-Graduate Studies: An Alaskan Example

February
2009

Patrick Marlow and
Sabine Siekmann

Top Ten Teaching Behaviors We Like to See When Observing in Dual Language Immersion Programs

May
2007

Tara W. Fortune and Diane J. Tedick

How Friendly/Unfriendly Immersion Practices

February
2004

Karen Pedersen

How Are We Doing? One School’s Experience with Self-Assessment

November
2003

Diana Fabas-Pirie

Peer Coaching:  A Partnership for Professional Practitioners

May
1999

Teresa Belisle

Program Structure

   

Comparing Dual-Track and Single-Track French Immersion Programs

April/May
2011

Lesley Doell

The Programmatic Impact of Second Language Oral Proficiency Assessment

November
2009

Megan Unger

First Spanish, Then Chinese: Expanding Elementry Language Opportunities

May
2008

Tracy Nelson-Maurer

Reinventing a Dual Language Program

February
2008

Ana Maria Chacon

Assessment of Struggling Elementary Immersion Learners: The St. Paul Public Schools Model

February
2006

Aline S. Petzold

Enhancing Language Development through the Responsive Classroom's Morning Meeting

February
2005

Cindy LaVan & Laura Pezán

Equalizing the Status of Both Languages in a Dual Immersion School

November
2001

Megan Unger

Family and Community

   

Paradigms of Participation

November
2006

Gareth Zehrbach

Forest Glen Parent Education Conference:  Preparing Students …Tomorrow’s World

February
2004

Jennifer Hope Nolden

Immersion Advocacy and the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana

February
2003

David Cheramie

International Exchanges: The Glennie School

May
2002

Michael Berthold

French in the "Real World"

May
2001

Chris Holden & Gerry Lukaska

 

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Immersion 101

If we peel back the layers that currently envelop immersion schools, what might we find at the core? In this column we will share with readers basic principles behind successful immersion programs, and show how challenges have been met at the classroom, school, and district level.


 

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Points for Parents

Parents often are looking for a place to access ideas about how to support their children’s education. Immersion parents who may or may not be fluent in the language their child is learning at school have many questions and concerns.

In this regular feature, we offer concrete suggestions for extracurricular support of language learning. In addition, we address specific parent concerns and invite parents to share their experience and expertise.


 

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School Profiles

There has been dramatic growth in the number of immersion programs during the last decade. More and more communities have chosen to support this educational option, whose benefits to students are well documented. In this feature we spotlight immersion schools and explore factors that make each one unique.


Speaking the Language

November
2010

Heather K. Olson Beal

Aligning Maori/English Instructional Programmes For Academic Success

November
2009

Cath Rau

An Experiment with Early Immersion in China

May
2008

Stella Kong

Ke Kula 'O Nawahiokalani'opu'u: An Indigenous Language Revitalization Laboratory School

February
2008

William H. Wilson & Kauanoe Kamana

Twin Cities German Immersion School: Educating Children for Bilingual, Informed, & Active World Citizenship

November
2005

Marcy Zachmeier-Ruh

Partial Spanish Immersion Program Expands by Offering Academic Excellence for All

February
2004

Gerald Arthur

Continuing Spanish Immersion at Lawrence North High School

May
2003

Mary Carr

Forest Glen Elementary School: An International Studies Magnet Program

November
2002

Nikki Cholena Woodson

Camberwell Primary School Profile

May
2002

Helen Warnod, Victoria & Michèle de Courcy

Two-Way French Immersion in Rural Maine

November
2001

Mary Lunney, Tom Scott & Tim Doak

East Meets West: Dual Track Immersion at International School of the Peninsula..

May
2001

Heather Levinsky

Dual Language Immersion: Profile of Chicago's Early Childhood Program

November
2000

Sonia White Soltero

A French Immersion Charter School: Kansas City's Academie Lafayette

February
2001

Paul A. García

Milwaukee German Immersion School

June
2000

Helena Curtain & Mary Buchert

Park Spanish Immersion School: A Budding Program of Academic Excellence and Language Learning

March
2000

Ursina Swanson

Cincinnati: Over Two Decades of Immersion Education

February
1999

Norma Kearney

 

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Research Reports

In an effort to push the edge of what we currently know about learning, researchers continue to design and publish new studies on issues important to immersion education. Keeping up to date with current research is a time-consuming task.

This regular feature will help inform the immersion education public about recent research by providing our readers with brief summaries of selected studies.


Exploring French Immersion Student Attrition in Louisiana: Who Leaves, When, and Why?

April/May
2011

Nicole Boudreaux

Tensions in Teaching Mathematics Through a Second Language

May
2010

Richard Barwell

Collaboration is Key: Evaluation of a Dual Language Immersion Program in Rural Oregon

November
2010

Sally Hood

Urgent Research Questions and Issues In Dual Language Education

February
2009

Jay Parkes

Immersion Education, Ethnicity, and Income: Immersion Students in Urban Districts

November
2008

Doreen Krueger

Top Ten Most Consistent Findings from Research on Foreign Language Immersion

May
2007

Fred Genesee

Top Ten Research Findings on Minority Language Learners in Two-way Immersion Programs

May
2007

Kathryn Lindholm-Leary

Top Ten Items on the Research Agenda for Two-Way Immersion

November
2006

Julie Sugarman and Elizabeth R. Howard

Assessing the Effect of Foreign Language Immersion Programs on Intercultural Sensitivity

November
2006

Philippe Corbaz

Evaluating Vancouver’s Peer Tutoring Literacy Program

November
2006

Monique Bournot-Trites

What Happens to Pre-service Teachers After They Graduate from a University Immersion Program?

February
2006

Tony Erben

Spanish Immersion and the Academic Success of Alamo Heights Students

November
2005

Cordell T. Jones

Recognizing Multilingual Immersion Students

May
2005

Diane Dagenais

Comparison Contexts: African-American Students, Immersion and Achievement

May
2005

Michelle Haj-Broussard

Attrition in Four U.S. Elementary Immersion Schools

May
2005

Peggy Rigaud

Underachieving Students and the Child Study Team:  Determining Eligibility for Special Education Services

May
2004

Kristine M-W. Woelber

French Immersion Support Document:  Possible Factors Influencing Student Performance in French Immersion

May
2004

Vancouver School Board

Student Roles in Two-Way Immersion:  Superordinate or Subordinate?

November
2003

Esther L. Larocco

A Case Study on Reading Instruction in Early Foreign Language Immersion

February
2003

Tiia H. Korppi

Towards Enhancing Academic Language Proficiency in a Fifth-Grade Spanish Immersion Classroom

November
2002

Andrew Cohen & Tania Gómez

Text Comprehension Strategies of Children in an Indonesian Bilingual Program

May
2002

Michèle de Courcy

Student Language Use Tells an Interesting Story

February
2002

Tara W. Fortune

Brain Research:  Implications for Second Language Learning

November
2001

Fred Genesee

English and Spanish Use by Three Fifth Graders in a Full Immersion Classroom

June
2000

Maggie A. Broner

 

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Guest Editorials

This features provides anyone interested in immersion education with an opportunity to voice your thoughts and concerns.


 

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Techno Tips

Technology and second language education are a natural match, as both enable us to explore our multilingual world more directly. In this column, Techno Tips, we highlight successful applications of technology in and around the immersion classroom


 

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Student & Teacher Voices

Immersion teachers often look to research and experiences of other educators to inform their curriculum planning and instruction. In this feature we hear what students and teachers think about immersion learning and teaching


 

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Immersion Milestones

As immersion education progresses through its fourth decade in the U.S., schools around the country have much to celebrate. In this occasional feature we join the well-deserved festivities.


 

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