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What is Dual Language Immersion? Dual language immersion provides a way to learn academic content while acquiring another language at the same time. Students receive math, science, and social studies instruction in a target language, such as Spanish, Chinese Mandarin, French, German, Portuguese, or Russian. The teaching strategies used support students in learning the concepts and skills for the subject area and develop the ability to read, write, speak, and listen in another target language. 

 
What is a One-way Immersion program?  The One-way Immersion programs serve one group. This program serves a student population comprised of a predominant majority of native English language speakers with limited to no proficiency in the L2 (e.g.Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish, etc).
 
What is a Two-way Immersion program? Two-way Immersion programs serve two groups. This program serves English speakers and L2 speakers. A 1:1 ratio is the ideal ratio to be maintained for these two language groups, but a minimum requirement is a 2:1 ratio, or at least one-third of students native speakers of the L2. Two-way Immersion programs are sometimes called two-way bilingual or Dual Language.
 

After submitting a DLI application when are students selected?  Parents will be notified by mail of student acceptance into the program. Notification will occur following the application deadline or until the programs are filled.

 

What kind of a commitment is required?  The Dual Language Immersion Program has been implemented to address the need for foreign language skills in business, government and education. An advanced proficiency skill level is the target for all students in the program and can be attained with a commitment to the Utah Dual Immersion Model which begins in the first grade and ends in the twelfth grade.

 

Does the school provide transportation?  Only if the student lives within the school boundaries. If the student is considered "out of bounds" than transportation is the responsibility of the parents/guardians. 

 
How will parents help with homework in the target language? Only tasks that the student could complete independently will be assigned as homework in the target language. This is best practice for all homework assignments regardless of the language. Parents are still encouraged to read daily in English to their student. 
 
Can parents/guardians volunteer in a DLI classroom? Parents/Guardians are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom and familiarize themselves with the target language. However, only the target language is spoken in the classroom.  
 
Will my student be expected to participate in the dual language immersion program through high school? In order to fully benefit from the DLI program, we expect students to commit to the program through high school.