The dual language immersion program offered in Provo School District is available in Mandarin Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Students begin in first grade and continue the program through middle school and high school. Students spend half of their school day learning in the target language and the other half learning in English.
More than 40 years of research consistently documents the power of immersion programs to help students attain advanced levels of target language proficiency. No other type of instruction, short of living in a target language environment, is as successful.
Studies consistently show that exposing a student to another language early in his or her education increases memory and concentration, problem solving skills, and provides a greater understanding of their native language. Fortunately, language immersion is also the least expensive way to deliver target language instruction.
- Provide a rich, academic environment in both the native and target languages
- Maximize students’ target language proficiency
- Develop students’ ability to work successfully in multiple cultural settings
- Offer a culturally diverse experience for the entire school community
What to Expect in a Dual Language Immersion Program
Dual language immersion offers a valuable bilingual experience for young learners when their minds are developmentally best able to acquire a second language. Instruction is divided between two high quality, creative classrooms: one in English and one in the target language. Students enjoy the advantage of two caring, qualified teachers, who collaborate and share responsibility for teaching grade level curriculum according to standards set by the Utah State Office of Education.
The target language teacher speaks only in the target language and communicates using a range of engaging strategies including pictures, songs, games, body language, expressions, pantomime, drama, etc. Children at this age are adept at picking up language in meaningful contexts. After a brief period at the beginning of the year, students too will speak only target language during that half of the day.
Who Can Participate
The immersion program seeks to enroll students of varying backgrounds and all ability levels. Applications are open to all students entering first grade.