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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

1. Will two languages confuse my child or slow down their academic progress?
There is no research indicating two languages will confuse students or slow down their academic progress. There is, however, significant research indicating that students who learn two languages experience cognitive and linguistic advantages when compared to monolingual students. This has been demonstrated by their ability to perform better on tasks that require divergent thinking, pattern recognition, problem solving, and higher levels of metalinguistic awareness.

2. How do we know the Dual Language Immersion Program will be effective?
Research studies and established programs show the dual language immersion (DLI) program model to be the most effective way to become proficient in two languages. Results from more than 20 years of research indicate that students in DLI programs develop higher levels of dual language proficiency and academic achievement than in other program models.

3. What does the curriculum look like compared to English only classes?
The standards and curriculum in the DLI classes are the same as in the mainstream English classes. The only difference is the language of instruction. Teachers are specially certified and trained to teach in a classroom with second language learners to ensure and maximize learning in both languages.

4. What are the requirements and when can I apply to the DLI Program?
Please CLICK HERE to review the application process.

5. If CNUSD is not my home school district, can I still enroll in their DLI Program?
CNUSD students have enrollment priority. Students from other districts are welcome to apply if space is available.

6. When are the dates and times of the DLI parent informational meetings and classroom visits?
**Calendar of meeting dates and walkthrough visit dates will be posted the week of September 16, 2019**

7. Is the DLI Program offered to incoming Transitional Kindergarten (TK) students?
Yes. Currently, the DLI program is offered to incoming Transitional Kindergarten students at specific school sites.

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8. How are students selected for the DLI Program?
Prioritization is given to incoming students with siblings already in the DLI program, students whose DLI school is their home school, and balance of classroom makeup, which is based on primary language and gender.

9. How will I be notified if my child is accepted into the DLI Program?
Notification letters will be sent by the DLI schools once informational meetings and site visits are complete. If accepted, parents have five days to complete registration at the DLI school of acceptance. More information will be provided at the informational meetings.

10. What if the DLI school my child is accepted to is not their home school?
Upon acceptance to the DLI program, site administrators will advise parents on transfer process, if applicable.

11. Is transportation available to the transfer school?
No. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. 

12. If my child is accepted, can I enroll my child’s older sibling in the  program?
Students must enter the DLI Program in Kindergarten. However, in an effort to keep families together, parents may apply for a choice transfer to the DLI school site where your older child or children can participate in the English only curriculum. While CNUSD makes every effort to keep families together, there is no guarantee transfers will be accepted.

13. Can I enroll my child in the DLI program after Kindergarten?
There are two ways to enter after Kindergarten. One way is to show proof that your child is enrolled in a DLI program elsewhere and additionally, the student would have to pass an entrance level exam to ensure they are at a comparable level to their peers currently in the DLI program. Another way is if a student has been taught in a Spanish-speaking country and they would also have to pass an entrance level exam.

14. How will my child understand if he/she does not speak Spanish?
Teachers in the DLI Program are specially trained to make instruction meaningful through the use of visuals, objects, gestures, and specialized instructional strategies. The students also help each other. 16. Does it matter if no one at home speaks Spanish? No. It is important to encourage high levels of language development in the dominant language of the home. Read to your child daily, talk to your child, and encourage them to talk to you. Continue literacy practices you would naturally encourage. Research indicates that strong language skills in the native language transfer to new languages that are introduced.

15. Should I be reading at home in Spanish or English?
Don't stop reading aloud to your child in the language you are most comfortable using. It is very important to continue this special way of spending time together. You are not expected to read in a language you do not speak yourself. 

16. Am I expected to help my child with homework in Spanish?
Balancing the language in the classroom composition enables families to work together; however, there may be times when an English/Spanish dictionary at home may be helpful.

17. What if my child is already bilingual in English and Spanish?
Children who have had the opportunity to gain proficiency in English and Spanish prior to kindergarten will thrive in DLI. Their skills in both languages will be developed to help them achieve high levels of academic proficiency.

18. What if I need to move out of the district?
Although DLI is growing at other districts as well, parents are encouraged to enroll in CNUSD’s DLI program only if the family plans to attend CNUSD schools for the first seven years. Well designed programs require consistent implementation. Moving students in and out of such programs reduces their effectiveness

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