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Dr. Isabel Campoy & Dr Alma Flor Ada: I GIVE YOU MY WORD Claiming the right to our language heritge and to the power of two languages

A TWBI Principal to Her Team

Dear TWBI Program Team:

I am finally taking a moment to share this info. with you…If you have already come to this resolution – AWESOME!

So when I consulted with Rosa about the situation she quickly reminded me about the special relationship that teachers must have in the TWBI setting.  Your collaborative efforts are key to the success of the program.

Your students have two teachers – something to emphasize with parents.  One for Spanish time and one for English time.  In stating this, it is essential that you are both present when meeting with parents.  So when meeting with Cindy’s students’ parents – Cindy is speaking in Spanish and Melanie is giving the info. in English.  This way you are not breaking code with families and with the student present.    With Melanie’s parents – she is in Spanish and Cindy is in English.

Then, in the first few days of instruction, schedule your instruction in this manner – if you really feel as though you need to provide students support in the new L2.  Consider this – ELs are  placed in settings where they hear a language they do not understand with no attention to the use of strategies to make sure they understand.

The advantage of TWBI is the staff is able to use strategies/resources to make input comprehensible- in the new language.

It is an immersion program – they are immersed in L2.

Let me know if you have any questions.  This is a common concern in K classes – you want to make sure students are comfortable and parents are happy.  Trust in the model – it is research based and you are the experts.

Adelante maestras.

Juanita Hernandez, Directora
Reynolds Elementary School


Making TWBI/DLI Programs Viable in a Virtual Learning Reality

Throughout the U.S., school districts are grappling with how to plan their back to school strategies. There have been many questions about how to plan a TWBI/DLI program through distance learning.   This brief was written and edited by a team of program experts and is a compilation from meetings held this past June with experienced TWBI/DLI Kindergarten teams and administrators. These groups reflected on their best practices in the Spring and shared ideas on how to start successfully this coming school year. We hope these ideas will help guide your planning.   As planning appears to be very fluid at this time, please read the brief and give us feedback.  We welcome your ideas, instructional strategies, sample schedules & virtual resources specifically for TWBI/DLI programs, etc.  Please share them with us via info@atdle.org and we will post them for the network of programs.

Tips and Consejos – Planning for the Fall (PDF)

Tips and Consejos – Parent Orientation Meetings (PDF)

Starting Out the School Year Virtually – Resources

Here is a good listing of resources available to support your virtual instruction at the PreK-1st grade level. Remember that the languages should not be mixed. Many of these resources are in both languages…use them appropriately in your Dual Language classroom.

  1. https://earlyedgecalifornia.org/coronavirus-resources-for-dual-language-learners/

  1. https://dcimmersion.org/2020/03/27/distance-learning-language-teaching-and-learning/


The Association of Two-Way & Dual Language Education (ATDLE) was formed into a national organization in 2013 having been part of a state organization for over ten years. The Board of Directors developed its national non-profit organization to offer professional training and technical support to TWBI/DL throughout the country.

Today, there are over 2000 Dual Language and Two-Way Bilingual Immersion programs in the country in multiple languages including: Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Hmong, Vietnamese and Japanese. Many of the board members as well as advisory board members of ATDLE are leaders in the field of Two Way Bilingual Immersion with experience as teachers, administrators, and/ or researchers. We are proud of our great network of educators in TWBI/DL programs and continue to work to support, promote and expand the programs to bring first and second language opportunities to more students throughout the country.

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Current Research

Many of the board members as well as advisory board members of ATDLE are leaders in the field of TWBI or Dual Language research. Take a look at our current research page for the most up to date research from these leaders. Stay informed on the latest happenings in the field.

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We are always searching for news, resources and publications in the field of Two-Way & Dual Language Education and update our website continuously with this information. We work closely with our colleagues from different parts of the country to post these resources for you. If you have different publications of interest, please let us know and we will make them available to our educators.


ATDLE is committed to supporting the expansion or start up of new TWBI or Dual Language Programs. Please contact us at info@atdle.org so that we can give you access to start-up documents and information to help you get on your way! Also you can view our resources page by clicking the View Here button below.