AAPPL assessments are scored through four categories: interpretive reading, interpretive writing, interpersonal speaking and listening, and presentational writing. Because students in TWI programs are encouraged to engage in interpersonal relationships (TWIN-CS teachers foster relationships between native English and native foreign language speakers to promote learning from each other) and because they are immersed in both languages with an equal attention to all subjects including writing and reading, TWIN-CS students score well on these assessments.
As mentioned, students in TWI programs have been known to score well (at or above grade level) on assessments such as these; just as promising, also according to the ACTFL website, “research suggests that language learners develop a more positive attitude toward the target language and/or the speakers of that language.”
Furthermore, a recent comprehensive study regarding dual-language immersion programs develops and expounds upon our statement that these specific programs have long-wielding results: “…we have evidence that a dual language immersion classroom approach directly correlates with greater education achievement.” Fitting in with TWIN-CS aspirations, two-language immersion classrooms prove time and time again that they accomplish academic excellence, long-term academic results, and, importantly, cultural tolerance.
As a proponent of the TWIN-CS program, Professor Yaden will be attending the NABE Conference in March of this year. Follow the blog to hear about her experience and learn more about the impact of TWIN-CS!
-Melissa Hoppie, graduate student research assistant