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Dual Language Immersion

 
The GLOBE Academy is a dual language immersion school with a 50/50 model, meaning that half of a student's instruction time is in English and half is in a target foreign language. Children are assigned to a homeroom with other classmates and have a "partner" class. In Grades K-2 children spend half the school day in their English classroom with a teacher who speaks English and then switch with the partner class, spending the remainder of the day in their target language classroom with a teacher who speaks that language. In Grades 3-5, children spend the entire day in English or the target language and switch every other day.
 
GLOBE offers three language tracks: French, Spanish, and Mandarin. Upon enrollment, a student is assigned to a language track and stays in that language track throughout their time at GLOBE. Families who speak the target language at home, children who have attended a language immersion preschool, and the younger siblings of our current students are given preference in language track placement. All other students are randomly assigned by GLOBE to balance classrooms with boys and girls and to reflect the diversity of our school as a whole.
 
In middle school, the immersion model ends. Students follow a typical 7-period day with all classes taught in English and take a high-level foreign language course for high school credit. In 8th grade students can take the AP course of their target language and receive college credit. 
 
In addition to learning another language, our students are introduced to life in other countries through regular interaction with teachers, parents, and community members from other cultures, as well as school-wide cultural celebrations and service-learning projects.
 
The Benefits of Dual Language Immersion

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.
 
Learn more about Dual Language Immersion at the Georgia Department of Education DLI website