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Why Dual Immersion?

Parents want to make the best educational choices for their children, and many would like them to have the advantages of bilingualism. The ability to understand and speak more than one language is not the only benefit of immersion education. Research shows that students gain additional cognitive, academic and employment benefits.

What are the cognitive benefits of dual immersion?
  • Mental Flexibility

Bilinguals are better able to analyze their knowledge of language. They learn that there are at least two ways of saying the same thing and understand the relationship between words and their meaning. They are able to focus more on meaning and take into account only relevant features when there is distractive information. Bilinguals demonstrate more mental flexibility and perform better on tasks requiring mental manipulation. They are original in verbal expression, demonstrate non-verbal intelligence and can answer open-ended questions more freely than monolinguals (Lazaruk, in press).

  • Increased sensitivity to others; heightened awareness, receptivity and appreciation of language.

Students with two well-developed languages are more sensitive to communication. There is some evidence to suggest that they are better able to understand the needs of others and to respond appropriately. Through exposure to cultural differences they may become more respectful of differences between people and their cultures and may be able to communicate with a large variety of people

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The old teacher never saw me; he lived long before my time. Though I may never meet him, I can see the road he traveled. With his wise road before me, what reason for me to stray?

                                                     -Yi Hwang

What are the employment benefits of dual immersion?

Bilinguals have access to a wider range of national and international jobs. Thousands of businesses operate in more than one language – airlines, import-export companies and other international businesses require employees with second-language skills and cultural sensitivity. Demand to prepare students for a global job market and competition to attract students have doubled the number of immersion programs since 2006.

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Do children need above average academic ability to succeed in immersion?
Students with lower academic ability do as well in immersion as they might in English programs and have the additional benefit of bilingualism. Researchers found that “below-average students in immersion scored at the same level as below-average students in the English program on English language and academic achievement tests.” In addition, “below-average students in immersion scored significantly higher on second-language tests than the below-average students in the English program” (Genesee, in press).
Why should I choose Korean language for my child's immersion education?
 
Choosing a Korean immersion education for your student gives him/her a competitive edge to participate in the global economy. 

South Korea is one of the world’s wealthiest nations. It is a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and G-20 major economies. South Korea's market economy ranks 15th in the world by nominal GDP and 12th by purchasing power parity. It is still one of the fastest growing developed countries. 

South Korean's semiconductor, automobile, shipbuilding, steel making, and IT industries are on the leading edge in global markets. South Korea is home to Samsung, LG, Hyundai, Kia, Hyundai Heavy Industries (#1 shipbuilder in the world), and Posco (3rd largest steel manufacturer in the world). 
Some information adapted from carla.umn.edu
How does immersion differ from other types of language instruction?
In traditional second language instruction, the target language is the subject of instruction. Immersion programs use the target language for instruction and as a means of communication. This authentic communication allows students to learn a second language in a similar manner to the way that they have learned their first
 
 
 
 
 
 

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