The Dual Language Program at Weddington Elementary School

    Admission Guidelines



     Spanish 5


    2022-2023 Registration for WDES DL/I Program begins on March 1st, 2021. 
    If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Gi Iyer at Girija.Iyer@ucps.k12.nc.us. If you have program specific questions, please contact our Assistant Principal, Banks Spicer at nova.spicer@ucps.k12.nc.us

    DLI Rising 6th Grade Parent Webinar

    When: February 28th @ 6:00pm-7:00pm
    How: Follow this link to join the meeting
    For more information about the middle school DL/I program, click here.



      UCPS Dual Language/Immersion (DL/I) Program

    Dual Langauge/Immersion (DL/I) Enrollment Timeline  



     Parent Resources for Children in DL Programs



    World Language Standards


    Proficiency Guidelines


    Students in the Dual Language Program experience cultures around the world through global projects. This is one of the most important goals of our program. Teachers establish perfect scenarios for communication among other nations by videos and chats, so kids get the chance to see foreign students, ask questions, get responses, and even skype with them using their second language.

    Learning Spanish has never been more exciting! In Dual Language Program we embrace language and culture!




    According to the CARLA (Center for Advanced on Language Acquisition) "English learners who are enrolled in a full immersion program where their native language taught and then gradually transitioned to English develop a higher level of literacy skills than their peers in regular English-only classes. Research also shows that students whose first language is English, also benefit greatly when immersing in a second language acquisition program. Not only they attain high levels of proficiency in the second language but also, as many literacy skills can be transferred, they acquire higher levels of proficiency in English and metalinguistic awareness." 

    Source: Minnesota University        http://carla.umn.edu/immersion/documents/ImmersionResearch_TaraFortune.html