Welcome to Georgia's Dual Language Immersion Initiative Page!
Welcome to the Georgia Department of Education's Dual Language Immersion Initiative webpage. Below you will find information related to resources, ongoing professional development opportunities and a current list of schools offering Dual Language Immersion programs. For information on specific program details, such as application procedures, curriculum details, etc, please reach out directly to the schools/systems themselves.
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DLI Grant Application Now Available!
The Georgia Department of Education World Languages and Global Workforce Initiatives, in cooperation with the Georgia Foundation for Public Education, is pleased to once again offer limited grants to support public school Dual Language Immersion programs in Georgia.
This year's 2021 DLI Grant Application is online and available to be accessed via this link.
In addition, to support and assist Georgia schools applying to receive this grant, a program self-evaluation tool is also available for download below.
Guiding Principles Short Self-Assessment Tool.docx
Georgia's DLI Grant Program Explained.pptx
The Ga DLI Mini Grant Process Explained
The deadline for completing this application is Thursday, April 9th 2021.
FACE Grant Now Available to Support French DLI Programs
The 6th French Dual Language Fund Grant cycle has now opened! Managed by the FACE Foundation in partnership with the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France, the grant is now opened for grant applications to support French DLI Programs. Projects targeting COVID-related issues and obstacles will be reviewed as soon as possible and the process, and grant distribution may be expedited in May to support these initiatives in a timely manner.
- Be teachers or administrators at a U.S. public school, OR district administrators, OR state-level administrators, OR PTO/PTA affiliated with a French dual language or immersion program.
- Work for a school, district or state which either has or is in the process of creating a French dual language or immersion program that will serve 30 or more students
- Demonstrate that French is used in at least 30% of instruction within the French dual language or immersion program
Apply via this link!
FDLF 6th Annual Grant Cycle 2021-2022 (002).pdf
7th Annual GADII Website Resources Available
This year's 7th Annual Virtual GADII was the largest free virtual Dual Language Immersion Conference in the nation! The event featured a variety of presentations. The website for this year's GADII now houses the recordings and materials from those presentations and is available for you to view via the link below.
Link to GADII Website
Link to Dual Language Immersion Standards
Dual Language Immersion, ESOL and Federal Programs
Dual Language Immersion_ESOL_and_Federal Programs .pdf
GaDOE Dual Language Immersion Video Diary
Dual Language Videos from Ga State DLI Endorsement Program
Georgia DLI Programs in the news
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.
Benefits of DLI
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
(Special thanks to Ms. Smithson and Mrs. Ingram)
Public DLI Schools in Georgia ( 2018-2019)
State Charter Schools
Atlanta Public Schools
For more information on Cobb programs click here
Forsyth County (Opening Aug 2018)
For more information on Gwinnett programs click here.
Savannah Chatham School System