Delhi Unified Dual Language Immersion
What is Dual Language Immersion?
Dual language immersion programs include native English-speaking students and native speakers of a foreign language.
The goals of dual language immersion programs are to develop bilingualism/biliteracy, academic achievement, and cross-cultural competencies for all students. In dual immersion programs, students learn content through both their native language and the target language. Simultaneous translation is never used. By the end of 6th grade, all students in the program are proficient in English, proficient in the target language, and at or above grade level academic benchmarks.
Do dual language immersion students learn the same curriculum as the regular English-only programs?
Yes. The standards and curriculum of Dual Language are the same as for all students in Delhi Unified School District. The only difference is the language of instruction.
Does it matter if no one at home speaks the second language?
No. English must be continually developed and supported in the home. Read to your children daily! Continue the literacy experiences you would naturally encourage. One of the advantages of this program is that students with strong English succeed well. Children often start to apply the literacy skills, which they have learned in the first language to the second language.
How will my child understand if s/he does not speak the second language?
Teachers in the dual language immersion program are specially trained to make the information meaningful through the use of visuals, objects, gestures, and specialized instructional strategies. Students also will help each other.
Is any English used in the dual language immersion classroom?
Both languages are used everyday in separate "Spanish Time" and "English Time" according to the program design. However, student expression is accepted in whichever language the student uses.