Georgia Department of Education
World Languages and Global Workforce Initiatives
Georgia's Dual Language Immersion Programs
During the last 4 years, DLI programs have seen an explosion of popularity in Georgia and particularly in the Atlanta Metro Region but expanding in recent years to Dalton City Schools, Clarke County Schools and this coming year to the Savannah-Chatham School system with the addition of two programs. (1 in Spanish and 1 in Chinese). During the last few years, we have seen the growth go from 3 schools at the start of the 2012-2013 school year to 53 programs.
In Georgia, students in dual language immersion schools receive instruction for half the school day in English and the other half in another language. The immersion programs in Georgia include German, French, Spanish, Chinese and in 2018 Japanese with plans to expand to more languages in the future. Typically, the immersion student starts the program in kindergarten and then expands their knowledge with each grade level. Science and math are taught in the target language, immersing the student in the second language while they simultaneously study two of their core subjects.
The Dual Language Immersion Model is a state approved ESOL delivery model and is mentioned in the State's ESSA Plan. (See page 10). Substantial research has confirmed the efficacy of the model for all learners. (See research by Thomas & Collier.) This past year, the Georgia Department of Education launched several new Professional Development opportunities to support immersion teachers and administrators, such as the Dual Language Immersion in a Day Professional Development programs as well as the annual summer Georgia Dual Language Immersion Institute (GADII) which will be held for the 5th consecutive year in 2018. This past year also saw the awarding of grants in support of DLI programs through a partnership with the Georgia foundation for Public Education. The GaDOE Video DLI Diary project visited several DLI programs and interviewed students, parents and administrators about the DLI model and their experiences.
For more information on Georgia's Dual Language Immersion Programs please visit our webpage: Georgia's Dual Language Immersion Initiative.
Mr. Patrick Wallace
Program Specialist for World Languages & Global Work Initiatives
Office Phone: 404-651-8373
Mobile Phone: 404-694-4633
Facebook: Georgia Department of Education World Languages