Frequently Asked Questions - Vietnamese Dual Immersion
Frequently Asked Questions
Will learning two languages confuse a child or slow academic progress?
Research has shown that young children have the capacity to learn multiple languages and have demonstrated stronger cognitive abilities as a result (Hakuta, 1990). According to a study by Peal and Lambert, “bilinguals have greater mental flexibility, greater abstract thinking, greater lexical independence, superior concept formulation and higher verbal IQ than monolinguals.”
Why is it better for a child to learn language at the elementary level? Research has found that it takes five to seven years to become proficient in a second language. Children tend to develop a more native-like pronunciation when language learning begins before adolescence (Krashen, et al, 1982). Children studying a foreign language have an improved self-concept and sense of achievement in school (Caine & Caine, 1997).
Will students in the immersion classroom learn the same things in the general education classroom?
The Dual Language Immersion program bases the curriculum on the California Common Core Standards. Global education and world languages go hand in hand with the Common Core curriculum in grade K through 12 as we endeavor to prepare students to become global citizens (Heining-Boynton & Redmond, 2013).
Are students exposed to only 50% of the curriculum?
A common misconception about the Dual Immersion program is that student receives only 50% of the curriculum because English is taught for 50% of the day. Students in the Dual Language Immersion program receive 100% of the grade level core curriculum. One of the major differences in this type of specialized program is how the curriculum is delivered. In the Westminster School District, 50% of the curriculum is delivered in English and 50% is delivered in Vietnamese.
Is there a cost to the program?
The Dual Immersion program is part of a public school district. Therefore, there is no cost to the public.
How do I enroll my student?
Outside Westminster School District
Request an Interdistrict Transfer from your district of residence. Once the form is approved, bring the approved form to the Westminster School District Office. Complete and return the kindergarten packet, original birth certificate, and immunization records to DeMille Elementary School.
Within the DeMille Elementary School Attendance Area
Complete and return the kindergarten registration packet, original birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residency (utility bill) to DeMille Elementary School.
Within Westminster School District Attendance Area
Residents of Westminster School District would follow the WSD registration process which begins February 3, 2016.
How are Parents Involved?
Parents attend a mandatory information meeting. Parents understand and support the program goals. Parents agree to a K-6 commitment to the Dual Language Immersion Program. Parents agree to participate in school meetings and activities. Parents are expected to be active participants in their child’s education.
What are the program’s goals?
Native English speakers and Vietnamese speakers who complete the Dual Language Immersion Program from kindergarten through sixth grade are expected to possess strong reading and writing skills in Vietnamese and English. Students are expected to have strong academic proficiency in the core academic content area. The strength of this proficiency should allow students to enter advanced levels of Vietnamese and English language classes at the middle school and high school level. Demonstrate positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors, and high levels of self-esteem. Dual Language Immersion students will earn the Pathways to Biliteracy Awards at third, fifth, and eighth grades. They will go on to high school pass the Advanced Placement test, and earn their Seal of Biliteracy on their diploma.