What is Dual Language Immersion?

Chinese-wordsort-300x290Language immersion is an educational approach in which students are taught the curriculum content through the medium of a second language. In this way, immersion students not only learn the content, but also gain knowledge of the language in which it is taught.

  • In total immersion programs, children learn their entire core subjects (reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and science) in the second language.
  • Partial immersion or 50/50 programs are based on the same principle, but half the day’s instruction is in the target language and the other half is in English.
  • Jordan School District immersion programs are all 50/50 programs.
  • Jordan School District immersion programs either use the ONE-WAY model or the TWO-WAY model.
    • One-way immersion programs are created for language majority students wishing to learn another language.
    • Two-way immersion programs match native English speakers with native speakers of another language and are integrated for academic content instruction through both languages.

The main difference between an immersion setting and a foreign language class is the approach to second language learning. In an immersion program, language is a method for teaching the content rather than the subject of instruction.

Participation in the Utah Dual Language Immersion program is considered to be a comprehensive educational experience.  Beginning in the first grade, paired English and target language teachers collaborate to support student mastery of both the core content standards and target language skills in a full day program.  It is our expectation that students who participate in the Utah Dual Language Immersion program participate fully in the school academic day and its prescribed instructional design.

How are students chosen for a Dual Language Immersion program?

  • In order for a child to be accepted into a dual language immersion program, parents must first complete and submit an application and commitment form for the desired program by the due date.
  • Applications and commitment forms can be picked up at local schools or printed off on line, then delivered to respective local schools.
  • Once an application and commitment form has been received, students are randomly selected for a dual immersion program based upon the following criteria:
    • Priority is given to students who live within the school boundaries.
    • If there is room in the program for additional students after boundary students  have been accepted, students living outside the school boundaries within the district will be accepted, but there will be no busing available for out-of-boundary students.
    • After meeting the above considerations, students living outside district boundaries will be accepted, but there will be no busing available for out-of-boundary students.

When should parents submit students’ applications for a Dual Language Immersion program?

  • An application must be submitted by February 26, 2016, before the student enters 1st grade.
  • Riverside Elementary will also accept applications for incoming Kindergarten students along with their Kindergarten registration.
  • There is no waiting list for the initial application; however, if a student is not randomly selected, that student’s name may be placed on a waiting list until the beginning of the school year.

Where can parents learn more about the
Dual Language Immersion programs?

  • Individual meetings have been scheduled at all Dual Language Immersion schools where parents will receive detailed information and will have the opportunity to ask questions.
  • School websites may provide additional information for that school’s program.

Dual Language Immersion Schools

Immersion programs in Chinese, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, are currently being offered at eleven Jordan School District elementary schools.

School
Language
Program
Parent Information Meeting
Application Due Date
Portuguese Immersion

One-way; begins in 1st grade

February 9, 2016
6:00p.m.

  February 26, 2016
Chinese Immersion

One-way; begins in 1st grade

January 28, 2016
6:00 p.m.

February 26, 2016
Chinese Immersion

One-way;begins in 1st grade

February 3, 2016
6:00 p.m.

February 26, 2016
Chinese Immersion

One-way; begins in 1st grade

February 24, 2016
5:30 p.m.

February 26, 2016
Chinese Immersion

One-way; begins in 1st grade

February 4, 2016
5:00 p.m.

February 26, 2016
French Immersion

One-way; begins in 1st grade

February 11, 2016
5:30 p.m.

February 26, 2016

Heartland Elementary

Spanish Immersion

Two-way; continues in
3rd grade

Phasing out 1st
and 2nd Grade
immersion

n.a.
Spanish Immersion

One-way; begins in 1st grade

   January 14, 2016
6:00 p.m.

February 26, 2016

Majestic Elementary

Spanish Immersion

Two-way; continues in 3rd grade

Phasing out 1st
and 2nd Grade
immersion
n.a.

Riverside Elementary

Spanish Immersion

Two-way; begins in either K or 1st grade

   TBA

February 26, 2016
Spanish
Immersion

One-way; begins in 1st grade

 January 27, 2016
6:30 p.m.

February 26, 2016

DLI Middle School

Assigned Middle
School      
Language Implementation
Year    
Parent Information Meeting Elementary School
Attended
West Jordan Middle Spanish Immersion 2015-2016 TBA

Heartland Elem.
Majestic Elem.
Riverside Elem.

Oquirrh Hills Middle Chinese Immersion 2016-2017 December 1, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Southland Elem.
Copper Mountain Middle Chinese Immersion 2016-2017 October 29, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Eastlake Elem.
South Jordan Middle Chinese Immersion 2016-2017 November 4, 2015
6:00 p.m.
Monte Vista Elem.
Fort Herriman Middle Chinese Immersion 2016-2017 October 22, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Foothills Elem.
Sunset Ridge Middle French Immersion 2017-2018 TBA Fox Hollow Elem.
South Hills Middle Portuguese Immersion 2018-2019 TBA Bluffdale Elem.
Elk Ridge Middle Spanish Immersion 2018-2019 TBA Welby Elem.
Fort Herriman Middle Spanish Immersion 2018-2019 TBA Herriman Elem.

Teacher Qualifications

Teaching License:

  • English Teachers are required to have an Elementary Utah Teaching License.
  • Target Language Teachers (Chinese, French, Spanish, and Portuguese) are required to have an Elementary or Secondary Utah Teaching License, or be accepted into the Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) program.
  • Guest Target Language Teachers are required to have a Utah International Guest Teaching License

Endorsements:

  • English Teachers are strongly recommended to have an English As A Second Language (ESL) endorsement in two-way Dual Language Immersion programs.
  • Target Language Teachers are required to have a World Language Endorsement in the immersion language and a Dual Language Immersion Endorsement.

For Praxis Information:

http://www.schools.utah.gov/cert/Endorsements-ECE-License/World-Language.aspx