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 Dual Language Immersion Programs in Georgia

Call to Action!

​​The Need:

The growth of Dual Language Immersion Programs in Georgia and the introduction of Georgia’s new Seal of Biliteracy and the subsequent need to focus on building proficiencies has led to a desperate need to both better understand the effectiveness and results of the DLI model and to support increased quality professional development opportunities for world language teachers across Georgia.

The Response:  

To meet the need, we are raising funds to provide much needed support for dual language immersion programs as well as critical quality professional development opportunities for world language educators statewide!  We are excited to partner with the Georgia Foundation for Public Education in this important work!

How do I donate?  

Please navigate to the website for the Georgia Foundation for Public Education –  Click the Donate button in the top right and donate!  We thank you in advance for your support!  All Donations are tax deductible!​

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Georgia's 4th Annual Dual Language Immersion Institute
GADII 2017 Summary!

The 4th annual Georgia Dual Language Immersion Institute (GADII) was a great success at Garden Hills Elementary and the Atlanta International School this year!  We had record registration with over 250 registered attendees!

Language Immersion teachers, administrators, world language supervisors, and dual language immersion experts from many in-state universities and colleges heard a keynote delivered by Dual Language Immersion Specialist Marie Bouteillon and attended best practice sessions, workshops, and saw a video component in collaboration with GaDOE Georgia Virtual Staff as well as breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided by world language and immersion education vendors.​  We look forward to seeing you at next year's GADII 2018!


You can view some of the presentations made at GADII this year via our presentation Link​.​

Georgia’s Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program Initiative

In Georgia dual language programs, the students spend at least half of their school day in the target language and the other half-day in English. Some programs may choose to increase the percentage of the day spent in the target language in the early years. Immersion students are taught Math, Science, Literacy and sometimes Social Studies in the target language. They are taught English Language Arts, Reading, and usually Specials in English.

The Benefits of DLI

  • Second Language Skills: DLI students achieve higher proficiency in the second language than with traditional Foreign Language instruction.

  • Cognitive Skills: DLI students typically develop greater cognitive flexibility, demonstrating increased attention and memory, superior problem-solving skills as well as an enhanced understanding of their primary language. 
  • Performance on Standardized Tests: DLI students perform as well as or better than English-only students on standardized tests in English, including students from a range of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, as well as with diverse cognitive and linguistic abilities.
  • Intercultural Competency: DLI students are more aware of and generally show more positive attitudes towards other cultures and an appreciation of other people.
  • Long-Term Benefits: DLI students are better prepared for the global community and job markets in the 21st century.
  • Higher Attendance-Rates and Fewer Drop-Outs: Students from DLI programs have higher attendance rates and lower drop-out rates compared to regular programs.

Public DLI Schools in Georgia ( 2017-2018)

Atlanta Public Schools

  • Bolton Academy ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • E Rivers ES-Spanish (K-2)
  • Garden Hills ES-Spanish (K-2)
  • Morris Brandon ES-Spanish (K-1)
  •  Perkerson ES-Spanish (K-4)
  • Sarah Smith ES - Spanish (K-1)​

Clarke County

  • Oglethorpe Avenue ES-Spanish (PreK-1)
Clayton County
  • Unidos Magnet School-Spanish (PK-9)

Cobb County
  • Clarkdale ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Dowell ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Fair Oaks ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Hollydale ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Mableton ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Nickajack ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Norton Park ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Riverside Primary-Spanish (K-1)
  • Riverside Intermediate - Spanish (2)
  • Russell ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Smyrna ES-Spanish (K-2)​
Dalton Public Schools
  • Brookwood ES-German (K-1)
DeKalb County
  • Ashford Park ES-German (K-4)
  • Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology​-Spanish (K)

  • Evansdale ES-French (K-4)
  • The GLOBE Academy Charter School - Chinese, French, Spanish (K-8)​
  • Rockbridge ES-French (K-4)​
Douglas County
  •  Beulah ES-Spanish (K-6)​
Fulton County
  • International Charter School of Atlanta-Chinese, French, German, Spanish (K-6)
  • Oakley ES-Chinese (K-2)
  • Mimosa Elementary - Spanish (K)
  • Lake Forest Elementary - Spanish (K)
Gwinnett County
  •  Annistown ES-Spanish (K-3)
  • Baldwin ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Bethesda ES-Spanish (K-3)
  • Camp Creek ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Ivy Creek ES-Spanish (K-1)
  • Trip ES-French (K-3)
Hall County
  • McEver Arts Academy Charter School-Spanish (PK -4)
  • White Sulphur Elementary – Spanish (PK – 1)
  • World Languages Academy Charter School-Spanish (PK-9)
Rockdale County
  • C.J. Hicks ES-Spanish (K-1)
​​​​​​​​Patrick Wallace
World Languages and Global Workforce Initiatives 
Program Specialist
Phone: 404-651-8373

 Contact Information

Patrick Wallace
World Languages and Global Workforce Initiatives 
Program Specialist
Phone: 404-651-8373

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