French Dual Language Immersion
About the French Dual Language Immersion Program (DLIP)
The goal of French DLIP is for students to become bilingual, bi-literate, bi-cognitive, culturally sensitive learners. Their skills and expanded worldview will prepare them for success in a dynamic, competitive global society.
The DLI Program in the Pasadena Unified School District is based on a two-way, 90:10, language immersion model. Two-way means that classrooms are composed of both native English and native French-speaking students so they can support each other in their development of both languages.
The 90:10 model signifies that the Kindergarten curriculum is taught 90% in French and 10% in English. At each subsequent grade level, the amount of instruction in English is increased by 10% so that by fourth grade, students are taught 50% in each language. Instruction focuses not only on mastery of content but also on the acquisition of language, including vocabulary and language structure and functions.
Benefits of French Dual Language Immersion and Overview of French Dual Language Programs Nationwide