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Immersion Education

  1. Roy Lyster,
  2. Fred Genesee

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0525

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

How to Cite

Lyster, R. and Genesee, F. 2012. Immersion Education. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


Immersion is a form of bilingual education that provides students with a sheltered classroom environment in which they receive at least half of their subject-matter instruction through the medium of a language that they are learning as a second, foreign, heritage, or indigenous language (L2).


  • bilingualism;
  • language teaching;
  • teaching methods in applied linguistics