Dual Immersion in the Classroom Ch.5
Joseph is ten years old and his family just immigrated from Mexico.
He is feeling many emotions. He is excited, curious, scared, nervous, and has very limited English proficiencies. He is Monolingual/ literate.
Joseph has been assigned a peer to help him navigate the school and help him feel welcome from his new dual immersion classroom. He starts off with one or two word responses and relies on contexts for meaning.
Joseph has been in his new school for one year. He now has basic pronunciation and makes grammar mistakes. He has very limited vocabulary. This is hard for his classmates to understand sometimes. Learning a second language is hard. He uses whole sentences and comprehends in context. He is using English well socially. His classmate can be frustrated learning Spanish too.
There are two different proficiencies to master in a second language; face to face communication and academic language. Academic language mastery is evidence of good code switching skills. This can take up to 7 years to master basic acamdemic language skills.
The cone and the cube are both examples of three dimensional objects from geometry.
Joseph needs lots of support. Learning two languages at once is very stressful and can make him feel very alone.
Joseph is in his third year of learning both languages and he is doing great! He is half way learning the basic academic use of his second language and has mastered oral language. He has some errors with complex grammer but he can tell whole stories. He has good comprehension and has a larger vocabulary!
Good Job Joseph!!!!
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