Frequently Asked Questions - Dual Language Immersion
Dual Language Immersion is a way to learn academic content while acquiring another language at the same time. Starting the 2015-2016 academic year, Cobb County students have the opportunity to participate on the Dual Language Immersion Program (DLI). The goals of the program are for the students to develop literacy skills in both English and the target language while attaining a high level of academic achievement that is at or above their grade level in all content areas and to develop a world cultural sensitivity. Each school/community chooses the immersion language for its school.
Instruction is divided between two high quality, creative classrooms: one English and one immersion (target language) with fifty percent of the academic day taught in English and fifty percent of the academic day taught in the target language. Students enjoy the advantage of two caring, highly qualified teachers. The English-speaking teacher uses half of the instructional day to teach English Language Arts, literacy, and content area support. The immersion teacher uses the other half of the day to teach math, science, social studies, and target language literacy.Teachers are trained in the use of instructional strategies that promote languages learning and academic development.
Students in the Dual Immersion Program learn the concepts and skills for the various subject areas at the same time that they develop the ability to read, write, speak, and listen in another language. Students learn the same concepts and skills for the various subject areas as their grade level peers at the same time that they develop the ability to read, write, speak, and listen in another language. Students receive math, science, and social studies instruction in a target language, such as Spanish, French, or Chinese.
The program does not require additional teachers. Since each student is part of the target language and the English homerooms, students have the benefit of receving academic instruction from two teachers per grade level. Kindergarten students receive additional instruction from two teachers and two paraprofessionals.