ABOUT WORLD LANGUAGE IMMERSION

  • Language immersion is an approach to second language instruction in which teaching and learning of core content occur in a language other than English. This means that the target language is the medium of instruction for the teacher and of learning for the students. Blue Valley uses a dual language immersion model in which students are co-taught by two full-time classroom teachers, spending half of the day in the target immersion language and half in English. The immersion program begins in kindergarten and participating families are asked to make a long-term, multi-year commitment to immersion education.

     

    ENROLLMENT

    The application process for the 2019-20 school year has concluded. Information about the 2020-21 school year will be available by February 2020.

    GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

    The goal of immersion is language acquisition at a proficiency level equal to the native language, with content and culture as complementary components. Blue Valley's long-term goal is for students to graduate with distinctive bi-lingual skills in multiple language families that set them apart for academic and professional success, as well as provide lifelong personal reward and global intercultural connections.

     

    PROVEN BENEFITS

    • Enhances cognitive skills

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    • Increases cultural competence

    • Better prepares students for the global community where a second language is an asset

    • Improves performance on standardized tests

    • Teaches second languages skills

     

    SITES AND OPTIONS

    Wolf Springs Elementary
    Blue Valley Schools’ inaugural language immersion program began in the 2017-18 school year at Wolf Springs elementary. The school will welcome its third incoming kindergarten immersion class in August 2019. Up to one-half of immersion students at Wolf Springs come from the Blue Valley Southwest attendance area.

     

    Valley Park Elementary
    Valley Park Elementary is the district’s second Chinese Immersion program site. The school will welcome its second incoming kindergarten immersion class in August 2019. Up to one-half of immersion students at Valley Park Elementary come from the Blue Valley North attendance area.

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