Immersion Education: Practices, Policies, Possibilities

Diane J. Tedick, Donna Christian, and Tara Williams Fortune, Editors

Published by Multilingual Matters


This publication showcases the practice and promise of immersion education through in-depth investigations of program designs, implementation practices, and policies in one-way, two-way and indigenous programs. Edited by leading international authorities in immersion education, this timely and important volume is a major contribution to the field.

Contributors, including CAL Senior Fellow Donna Christian and Board Member Fred Genesee, present new research, reflect on possibilities for strengthening practices and policies in immersion education, and explore the following questions: What possibilities for program design exist in charter programs for both two-way and indigenous language immersion models? How do studies on learner outcomes lead to possibilities for improvements in program implementation? How do existing policies and practices affect struggling immersion learners and what possibilities can be imagined to better serve such learners? In addressing such questions, the volume invites readers to consider the possibilities of immersion education to enrich the language development and educational achievement of future generations of learners.

Immersion Education builds on Fortune and Tedick’s 2008 Pathways to Multilingualism: Evolving Perspectives on Immersion Education and is dedicated to the memory of Wallace (Wally) E. Lambert, an immersion pioneer. 2011 289 pages

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