Evansdale Elementary School's first year of participation in the French Immersion program will get some heavy recognition soon.
On Sept. 10, the State Superintendent, Dekalb County's Superintendent, and members of the French Embassy will be visiting Evansdale, which is part of the Georgia Dual Immersion Program this 2013-14 school year, beginning in Kindergarten.
The program allows students to spend half the school day
receiving content and language instruction exclusively in French, and
the other half of the day in English. This model will be maintained
throughout the elementary school years.
“Based on what global
companies in Georgia tell us, we have set a goal for Georgia to have
twenty dual-immersion programs in place by 2020,” said State School
Superintendent Dr. John Barge. “These programs will help ensure a
Georgia workforce that is fluent in languages and skilled at cultural
interactions that are necessary for the economic development of our
state and region.”
Students who complete
dual-immersion programs will be prepared to continue higher-level study
of language through middle and high school. Many of these students will
be able to complete a college minor in their language prior to
graduating from high school and will have the language expertise to
study and work abroad - even selecting entire university or technical
college programs overseas.