Partner language development in TWI
Teachers’ beliefs and practices
Prior research has sought to describe how teachers view and approach attention to partner language (PL) development in Spanish immersion settings (Cammarata & Tedick, 2012; Fortune et al., 2008; Lindholm-Leary, 2001; Walker & Tedick, 2000). However, it has not focused specifically on the particularities of two-way immersion (TWI), which is unique for its inclusion of both heritage speakers and second language learners. The current project adds to existing knowledge by using teacher interviews and a survey to report a qualitative case study of three TWI teachers’ beliefs and practices. Data is triangulated through PL student testing and analysis of classroom observations. Results confirm many of the findings of prior research, especially regarding teachers’ perceived need for increased guidance and resources. They also provide insight into how TWI teachers view PL development in the two groups of learners. Implications for teacher training and future research are discussed.
Keywords: two-way immersion, dual language education, partner language development in two-way immersion, integration of language and content, teachers’ beliefs and practices, heritage language learners
Published online: 25 May 2021