Dual Language Immersion in UCPS
Language immersion programs are an exciting option for parents who want their children to have the advantages of a rigorous academic program that supports bilingualism, biliteracy, cross-cultural awareness AND high academic achievement. 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. UCPS immersion teachers use the NC Standards and the UCPS curriculum.
UCPS Dual Language/Immersion Program Models:
Instructional time in each language (English and the partner language) depends on the grade level, language and specific program. Click on the links below for more information.
- One-Way Mandarin Immersion: Students learn to speak, listen, read and write in Mandarin Chinese. Students learn math, social studies and science in Chinese. They take art, music and PE in English. They also receive instruction in English language arts in English from Kindergarten through 5th grade.
- One-Way Spanish Immersion: Students learn to speak, listen, read and write in Spanish. Students learn math, social studies and science in Spanish. They take electives such as art, music and PE in English. They also receive instruction in English language arts in English from 2nd through 5th grade.
- Two-Way English-Spanish Immersion: Students who are native English-speakers and native Spanish-speakers learn together to speak, listen, read and write in English and Spanish. In kindergarten, students learn math in Spanish and social studies and science in English. They take electives such as art, music and PE in English.
The UCPS Dual Language/Immersion program goals are that students will:
- Develop high levels of proficiency in two languages
- Demonstrate academic performance at or above grade level
- Demonstrate positive cross- cultural attitudes and behaviors
- Bilingual and Biliterate: Students achieve high proficiency in the immersion language.
- Increased Cultural Sensitivity: Immersion students are more aware of and show more positive attitudes towards other cultures and an appreciation of other people.
- Enhanced Cognitive Skills: Immersion students typically develop greater cognitive flexibility, demonstrating increased memory, superior problem-solving skills, and better attention control as well as an enhanced understanding of their primary language.
- Improved self-esteem: Being able to communicate and excel academically in two languages gives immersion students greater self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
- Proven performance on standardized tests: Immersion students perform as well or better than non-immersion students on standardized tests in English.
- Preparation for a global society and marketplace: Immersion students are better prepared for the global community and job markets where 21st century skills are an asset.
*Holobow et al., 1987; Swain and Lapkin, 1991
UCPS partners with Participate to provide support for Dual Language/Immersion. Participate (www.participate.com) partners with schools and districts to provide dual language curriculum resources, teacher training, overseas hiring and support services. For 30 years, educators have used Participate’s professional development and curriculum, language acquisition and cultural exchange teacher programs to create engaging learning environments that empower teachers and inspire students to create impact on a global scale. Participate is headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.