More than forty years of research consistently documents the power of immersion programs to help students attain high levels of second language proficiency. No other type of instruction, short of living in a second-language environment, is as successful.
Young children especially thrive in this type of instructional environment. Happily, language immersion is also the least expensive way to deliver second language instruction.
An optimal window for language acquisition is in the elementary children should be provided with the opportunity and option to advance their academic language proficiency.
We have only one opportunity to educate a child.
Second Language Skills
Students achieve high proficiency in 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 global community and job markets were a second language is an asset.
What to Expect in a Dual Immersion Program
Dual language immersion offers a rich 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 English and one French.
Students enjoy the advantage of two caring, qualified teachers. The English-speaking teacher used half of the instruction time to teach English Language Arts (reading, writing, spelling), science, art, P.E. and health. The French-speaking teacher uses the other half of the day to teach math, social studies, and health topics from the grade-appropriate level of the Utah State Elementary Core Curriculum.
The French teacher speaks only in French 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 acquiring language in meaningful contexts. After a brief period at the beginning of the year, students too will speak only in French during French class.
You’ll be delighted at how quickly your child becomes a comfortable and competent French speaker.
French opens the doors to many domestic and international career opportunities. Sophisticated professions such as those in medicine, international distribution, the oil and gas industries, power generation, luxury goods, aviation and other transportation technologies encompass extensive French-speaking networks. Knowledge of the French language is also an asset in the fields of literature, the fine arts, gastronomy, cinema, law, and business. Scores of major international businesses and organizations, as well as American companies, regularly recruit candidates who know French.
Students who learn French perform better on standardized tests since more than 50% of modern-day English words trace their origins to French. This means that French has a relatively quick learning curve which boosts a student’s confidence. French also enhances a student’s critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem solving skills, which helps them excel in other subjects, like English, math, and science.
Who Can Participate?
The immersion program seeks to enroll students of varying backgrounds and all abilities. Applications are open to all students entering first grade (students from OTHER districts or schools are welcome and even encouraged to participate); however, the program may not be suitable for children experiencing significant communication delays in their primary language.
How to Enroll My Child
“We must prepare our children for more than how the world is today, but for how the world will be tomorrow.”
–Parent of a Dual Immersion Student
“Americans fluent in other languages improve global communication, enhance our economic competitiveness abroad, and maintain our political and security interests.”
–Center for Applied Linguistics
“The power to learn a language is so great in the young child that it doesn’t seem to matter how many languages you seem to throw their way . . . They can learn as many spoken languages as you can allow them to hear systematically and regularly.”
–Dr. Susan Curtiss, Linguistics Professor, UCLA
Travel Far and Wide
There are 55 countries spread across five continents where French is used regularly for business, government and daily life. Thirty-two of those countries recognize French as an official language including Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco and many African nations. As the second most frequently taught foreign language in the world (English is the first), French is a passport to communicate globally.
For More Information Contact Us At:
Edgemont Elementary School
566 E 3650 N
Provo UT 84604
Principal: Dennis Pratt (email: email@example.com)
Certified 1st Grade French Teachers:
Miss Lucie Lacroix & Mr. Eli Jones
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FRENCH DUAL IMMERSION PROGRAM