Mapping the Framework of Immersion Program at the Laboratory Primary School of Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia
Keywords:English Partial Immersion Program, ICP class, L2 stage of acquisition
This study aims at conducting a thorough investigation on the English Partial Immersion Program at the Laboratory Primary School of Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia. It specifically seeks to map the program framework implemented in the 3rd grade of International Class Program (ICP) and to examine the stage of English L2 acquisition as the learning outcome of the three different subjects; English, Science, and Mathematics. Involving teachers and students of ICP-Grade 3, we collected data by analyzing the school documents, interviewing teachers, and distributing an English proficiency test to students. Our findings indicate that this particular program is put into a place under six frameworks, namely the implementation of (1) bridging course, (2) blended curriculum, (3) English-immersion in English, Science, and Math classes, (4) restricted learning hours for English, Science, and Math subjects, (5) communicative teaching and learning, and (6) the involvement of certified teachers. These frameworks have proven effective in bringing students to certain stage of L2 acquisition. Analyzing students’ L2 comprehension, they were able to comprehend both explicit and implicit written instructions satisfyingly enabling them to perform the required tasks accurately. In the level of production, students have arrived at the complete acquisition of word spelling and word order system of both phrasal and sentential structures with some morpho-syntactic inaccuracies. Other than that, the acquisition of scientific and mathematical knowledge has also been substantiated challenging for students.
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