Dual Language Immersion programs in Granite School District continue to receive acclaim from multiple organizations and individuals.
The district currently offers Dual Language Immersion classes in 19 schools for Chinese, Spanish and French.
This article in France-Amerique Magazine praises Utah’s advancements in dual language education and features classes at Churchill Jr. High and Morningside Elementary. Here’s a short excerpt:
“At Churchill Junior High School, located in a tree-filled suburb southeast of Salt Lake City, only two of Madame Cha-Philippe’s 25 pupils are French. Célestin, Thomas and their classmates were part of the first immersion program, launched in 2009. Today’s lesson is on North Africa and Lebanon. Taking it in turns, the pupils read aloud an account of a journalist’s experiences in Maghreb. The teacher then quizzes the class on the vocabulary in the text.”
As students in dual language immersion classes begin to move up, high schools and colleges are taking steps to provide high quality language instruction at the secondary level.
Beginning this year, Granite and Davis school districts are partnering with the University of Utah to provide upper division university courses to high school students through a pathway known as the Bridge Program. The initiative was introduced at Taylorsville High and Olympus High.