Institute for Latino Studies

Institute for Latino Studies Writer | March 9, 2017

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In collaboration with the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies and the Alliance for Catholic Education, Holy Cross Grade School is launching a Spanish-English Immersion program this Fall at the pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten levels.

The School will host a public Open House from 5 to 7 pm on March 15. During this event, parents and children can explore the new program, enjoy homemade tamales, and learn about registration.

Around the country, a growing number of schools are beginning these programs of “two-way immersion.” In the two-way immersion model, children from two distinct languages come together to form a learning community in which each benefits from the others’ linguistic and cultural assets. This approach also has shown significant academic benefits due to children using more of their brain, as well as increased inter-personal skills.

Two academic leaders from the University of Notre Dame are helping Holy Cross School in the launch of the immersion track. Dr. Katy Lichon of the English as a New Language Program in Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education, specializes in language acquisition, and Dr. Luis Fraga of the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame, is an expert in the effect of two-way immersion on school communities.

According to Dr. Fraga, Holy Cross School is poised to become a regional pioneer in Catholic education: "What better way to build intercultural communities of respect and understanding consistent with the Gospel and the call of the Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops? Two-way immersion programs capture the growing diversity of our Catholic communities to build educational opportunities that strengthen our Catholic schools and serve the Church for generations to come."

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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