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Immersion Programs

  1. Siv Björklund

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0526

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Björklund, S. 2012. Immersion Programs. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


As a term, immersion education can be traced back to the 1960s and to Canada, where a new, intensive language education program model showed that young majority English speakers gained functional mastery of a new language in a French immersion program at no cost to their first language development (Lambert & Tucker, 1972).


  • language teaching;
  • second language acquisition;
  • teaching methods in applied linguistics