Welcome to Dual Language Immersion

Utah’s Dual Language Immersion program offers a rich bilingual experience for young learners when their minds are developmentally best able to acquire a second language.

Overview

Instruction is divided between two high quality creative classrooms:

  1. One English
  2. One in the Second Language (Chinese, French, German, Portuguese or Spanish)

Proven Benefits:

  • Second Language Skills: Students achieve high proficiency in the immersion language.
  • Improved Performance on Standardized Tests: Immersion students perform as well as or better than non-immersion students on standardized tests of English and math administered in English.
  • Enhanced Cognitive Skills: Immersion students typically develop greater cognitive flexibility, demonstrating increased attention control, better memory, and superior problem solving skills as well as an enhanced understanding of their primary language.
  • Increased Cultural Sensitivity: Immersion students are more aware of and show more positive attitudes towards other cultures and an appreciation of other people.
  • Long Term Benefits: Immersion students are better prepared for the global community and job markets where a second language is an asset.

Educator Endorsements

Dual Language Immersion Endorsement Application
Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Educator Licensing

Resources

2017-2018 School List

Utah's Statewide Dual Language Immersion Initiative

Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA)
University of Minnesota

Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) Research

Utah Dual Language Immersion

World Languages
USBE

Dual Language Immersion Team

Karl Bowman
Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7743 | E-mail

Pamela Talili
Office Assistant
Phone: (801) 538-7770 | E-mail