Dual Language Institute Instructional Model
National University Academy’s Dual Language Institute is an example of a two-way immersion program which uses a 90:10 model of instruction for all our students to become proficient in both Spanish and English.
Our kindergartners receive 90 percent of their instruction in Spanish with 10 percent instruction in English. First graders receive an 80 to 20 Spanish to English ratio; second graders a 70 to 30 ratio; and students in grades 3-8 receive a 50 to 50 Spanish to English ratio of instruction.
Our student body consists of both heritage Spanish speakers (about 30 percent) and heritage English speakers (about 70 percent). The gap between these two groups closes just a bit each year, which is illustrative of a renewed appreciation and sense of value of bilingualism.
NUA is a WASC-accredited school and regularly uses the Cycle of Continuous Improvement to direct curricular and instructional changes at the Dual Language Institute.