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 Dual Language Immersion Programs in Georgia

​​​​​​​​​​​​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.  

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Parlez-vous Français? Georgia Says 'Oui,' Leads Southeast In World Language Education​!  Find out more via this link!​​

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. 

Eligibility :

  • ​​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 

In January of 2019, the Georgia State Board of Education passed 6 new Middle School Dual Language Immersion Courses to be added to the official list of State funded courses. 

You can see them by visiting the Georgia Standards of Excellence page linked here.​

Dual Language Immersion, ESOL and Federal Programs 

Dual Language Immersion_ESOL_and_Federal Programs .pdfDual Language Immersion_ESOL_and_Federal Programs .pdf

The Georgia Department of Education World Languages and Global Workforce Initiatives in cooperation with Federal Programs and ESOL, has recently developed further guidance for systems regarding the Dual Language Immersion Model and its role as a state-approved ESOL delivery model. (State Board of Education Rule IDDG 160-4-5-.02 Language Assistance: Program for English Learners (ELs)).​

Schools' Civil Rights Obligations to English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents​.​

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:

                Video Links from Sprayberry High School's bilingual programs:

​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

§  Ashford Park ES - German (K-5)

§  Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School ofTechnology​ - Spanish (K-4)

§  Chamblee MS - German (6-7)​

§  Evansdale ES - French (K-5)

§  Henderson MS - French (6-7)

§  Pleasantdale ES - Spanish (K-2)

§  Rockbridge ES - French (K-5)​

§  Stone Mountain MS​ – French (6-7)

§  The GLOBE Academy Charter School - Chinese, French, Spanish (K-8)​​​

Douglas County
Forsyth County (Opening Aug 2018)
Fulton County
Gwinnett County
For more information on Gwinnett programs click​ here​.
Hall County
Mariette City Schools 
​​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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