About DLE

About dual language education programs

Dual Language Education (DLE) Programs are educational programs that teach academic content through two partner languages — for example, in Delavan-Darien’s program, English and Spanish.

DLE consists of two forms: One-Way Immersion and Two-Way Immersion.

A One-Way Immersion classroom consists of students of one language background who are taught academic content in English and the partner language.

A Two-Way Immersion classroom consists of native speakers of English and native speakers of the partner language*, who are taught academic content in English and in the partner language.

In the DLE classroom each content area is taught in a specified language, and is not translated or taught a second time in the other language.

Cultural awareness is embedded in instructional practices, instructional materials and through peer interaction.

Speak another language?

*Native speakers of other languages different than English or the partner language can also be part of the program!

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