During kindergarten and first grade, all instruction is in the second language. Students may use English, but their classroom teachers respond in the second language. As students become more accustomed to hearing and understanding the second language, they are encouraged to express themselves in the second language.
Outside of school, parents are asked to read to or with their child everyday in English, which is the same advice given to non-immersion students' families.
In third grade, direct instruction in English and reading strategies begin. Students work on spelling rules, parts of speech and some basic writing skills. The amount of English language arts instruction increases at the upper elementary grades.
Students will eventually acquire the same English language skills as the students in English-only settings. At every grade level, reading to and with your child at home is imperative for your child’s language development.