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 Dual Language Immersion Programs in Georgia

​​2019 DLI Competitive Grant Application is now open!

The Georgia Department of Education World Languages in partnership with the Georgia Foundation for Public Education ​is once again pleased to provide a limited number of competitive grants available to Georgia Dual Language Immersion Programs.  The application is below.  The deadline to apply is March 2nd, 2019

Consider making a donation to support mini-grants for Dual Language Immersion Programs in Georgia.  You can donate via this link ​and please designate your donation to support Dual Language Immersion Programs.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Public Comment and Review Requested for New World Language Courses

The State Board of Education has granted permission for the posting of the Georgia Standards of Excellence for Modern Languages 6th grade DLI Advanced Language Literacy, Modern Languages 6th, 7th and 8th grade DLI Culture & History, Modern Languages 6th, 7th and 8th grade DLI Media Literacy and Modern Languages Level 3 Spanish for Native Speakers for public review and comment.  Expected Implementation: 2019-2020 school year.

Review the Georgia Standards of Excellence and take the survey here!​

MS DLI Immersion one pager.pdfMS DLI Immersion one pager.pdf​

German Immersion Teacher Workshop


The Georgia Department of Education World Languages in cooperation with the German American Cultural Foundation and the International Charter School of Atlanta is pleased to host a German Immersion Teacher Workshop for interested teachers on Saturday, January 19th from 9am - 12pm at the International Charter School of Atlanta.  Please see agenda posted below for details!

German Immersion Teacher Workshop Agenda for Jan 19th.pdfGerman Immersion Teacher Workshop Agenda for Jan 19th.pdf

Dual Language Immersion in a Day Professional Development

The Georgia Department of Education World Languages is please to offer the next DLI in a Day family get together and PD on Jan 26th at the GLOBE ACADEMY in Dekalb County. Registration is free via this link.​  
A draft of the program for the event is provided below. (Subject to minor changes)

GaDOE Dual Language Immersion Video Diary

To help raise awareness about the Dual Language Immersion Model and to educate stakeholders on the important aspects and benefits of these programs, we have launched an effort called Georgia’s Video DLI Diary.  The purpose is to take the viewer inside some of Georgia’s DLI programs around the state and share impressions and interviews with students, teachers, parents, administrators and others to learn firsthand about the model and its benefits!  You can see some of the videos from the first of our school visits by following the links below! 

Video Links from the GLOBE Academy: 

Video Links from the International Charter School of Atlanta:

​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.

New Dashboard shows DLI public schools in Georgia​

Need to see where current DLI programs are located on a map?  Click this link​
(Special thanks to Ms. Smithson and Mrs. Ingram) 

Public DLI Schools in Georgia ( 2018-2019)

State Charter Schools

Atlanta Public Schools

Clarke County

Clayton County Cobb County
For more information on Cobb programs click here​.
Dalton Public Schools
DeKalb County
Douglas County
Forsyth County (Opening Aug 2018)
Fulton County
Gwinnett County
For more information on Gwinnett programs click​ here​.
Hall County
​​Rockdale County
​​Savannah Chatham School System

 Contact Information

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

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