Flexible Immersion education

The need for a new category of immersion education has emerged from the Wandsworth conference. In some contexts, it is likely that some learners, who join the bilingual class, will have English, the additional language or a third language as their first language. This leads to the situation, where there may well be some native speakers of the 2nd immersion language in the classroom, but it is impossible to predict the proportions and these can vary from year to year. This is the case, where schools cannot, (or only to a limited extent), select learners on the basis of their home language, as is the case in English state schools. This requires a flexible approach to teaching, taking into consideration the different levels of language present in each class.