Two-way immersion education

Two-way immersion (TWI) education responds to the linguistic backgrounds of the local population in a consistent way. This means that children from two language communities are united in one class, and taught in two languages.


In the USA, for instance, there are many English-Spanish programmes reflecting the high proportion of Hispanic Americans. Drawing on locally spoken languages makes this model particularly relevant, since all children can use two languages in school and also in the local neighbourhood as part of their everyday life. This educational model has been widely adopted in the USA and Canada since the 1960s. There have also been important European developments, e.g. in Germany, in the Spanish Autonomous states, or in Wales, and recently also in England. A compilation of information about two-way immersion programmes in Europe will be published later in 2012 in the journal Synergies Europe No 7, under the title:

This website aims to chart developments in the UK by maintaining a directory of all bilingual immersion programmes.

Journal on two-way immersion education:

Synergies Europe  2012