• In immersion programs, students are immersed into another language through study of core academic content areas such as language arts, math, science and social studies. The new language is the medium of instruction as well as the object of instruction. Language immersion programs are an exciting option for parents who want their children to have the advantages of a rigorous academic program while also learning two languages. UCPS immersion teachers achieve rigor by using the NC Standards and the UCPS curriculum.

    Goals of Dual Language Immersion

    • Bilingualism: Oral proficiency in two languages
    • Biliteracy: Reading and writing in two languages
    • Grade Level Academic Achievement: Achieving at the same rate as peers not enrolled in Dual Language Immersion programs
    • Sociocultural Competence: Cross-cultural competence and multicultural appreciation 

    Howard, E. R., Lindholm-Leary, K. J., Rogers, D., Olague, N., Medina, J., Kennedy, B., Sugarman, J., & Christian, D. (2018). Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Center for Applied Linguistics.


What is Language Immersion?

  • What are the types of immersion programs?

  • What do the parents say?

  • What do the principals say?

  • What does the NC Department of Public Instruction say?

  • What does research about immersion programs in NC say?

  • How do you know if your student who is enrolled in a DLI program is really learning the language?

  • Will my child learn to read and write in English?

  • What should I do to help my child learn the new language?

  • What should I do to help my child learn our home language?

  • Why Immersion?