UCPS Schools with Dual Language Immersion Programs

  • dual language Mandarin Immersion - One-Way

    English speakers focus on learning a partner language as the sole language of instruction for math, science, social studies and language arts in the ‘target language’ (the new language).

    Students focus on math, science, social studies and language arts in Mandarin. English is introduced from the start of kindergarten or in second or third grade. In UCPS, one-way immersion students learning Mandarin begin formal instruction in English language arts (in addition to Mandarin) in kindergarten.

    In middle school, students learn at least one content area (science and/or social studies) in Mandarin in sixth and seventh grades. In 8th grade, students take an advanced language immersion course for high school credit. In addition, students have the option to participate in an extracurricular immersion club.

    *Pause approved during the February 18, 2021 Curriculum Committee. BOE final decision on March 2, 2021. 

    Spanish Immersion - One-Way

    English speakers focus on learning a partner language as the sole language of instruction for math, science, social studies and language arts in the ‘target language’ (the new language).

    Students focus on Spanish until second or third grade when English is introduced. In UCPS, one-way immersion students learning Spanish begin formal instruction in English language arts in second grade. 

    In middle school, students learn at least one content area (science and/or social studies) in Spanish in sixth and seventh grades. In eighth grade, students take an advanced language immersion course for high school credit. In addition, students have the option to participate in an extracurricular immersion club.

    Spanish Immersion - Two-Way (50/50 model)

    English speakers and Spanish speakers become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural by learning Spanish and English together. In kindergarten, these students use Spanish as the sole language of instruction for math, science, social studies and language arts. In first grade, the model shifts and students spend 50% of their day learning in English and 50% of their day learning in Spanish. Language arts are taught in Spanish and English, while math, science and social studies alternate between being taught in Spanish or English each year as students progress through elementary school. 

    *Marshville Elementary begins with the 50/50 model in kindergarten, where students spend 50% of their time learning in English and 50% of their time learning in Spanish.

    **Porter Ridge Elementary uses Spanish as the sole language of instruction in both kindergarten and 1st grade and then switches to the 50/50 model in second grade. 

    Middle School Immersion Continuation

    Students will take a yearlong elective course in sixth, seventh and eighth grade to bridge the content-based instructional focus in elementary school with the language-based curriculum in high school. The curriculum will include a blend of global perspectives and cultural content while also focusing on grammatical and lexical accuracy. Students will continue to read, write, speak, and listen in the target language to maintain and increase their proficiency. The curriculum uses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a focus. Students will have the opportunity to earn one high school credit upon successful completion of both the 6th and 7th-grade DLI courses as well as one high school credit for successful completion of the eighth-grade DLI course. These courses will be available to students who were enrolled in Dual Language Immersion in elementary school as well as heritage speakers with literacy skills in their native language, pending availability. 

    Mandarin

    Spanish

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