Dual Language Immersion Academy

Dual Language Immersion is a unique educational model where children learn to think, read, write and communicate naturally in two languages.

DLI at all 23 Schools

Dual Language Immersion classes are now available at all 23 AESD schools. Click Here to Register

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Upcoming Spanish DLI Meetings

There are currently No Upcoming Meetings. If you are interested in learning more about enrolling your child in a Spanish Dual Language Immersion Academy, please contact any AESD school or email us at dli@aesd.org.

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Upcoming Korean DLI Meetings

There are currently No Upcoming Meetings. If you are interested in learning more about enrolling your child in a Korean Dual Language Immersion Academy, please contact Jefferson Elementary School or email us at dli@aesd.org.

Find your school using the AESD Map and Bounderies page.

What is DLI?

Dual Language Immersion is a unique educational model where children learn to think, read, write and communicate naturally in two languages: English and the target language. Native target language speakers and native English speaking students study together, beginning in kindergarten through 6th grade, to be bi-literate in both languages.

AESD’s Dual-language classrooms contain a mix of students who are English dominant with students who are dominant in the target language. This mix of students provides intensive interaction and learning. Students who participate in the program do not have to be native speakers of the target language. The program teaches students to speak, read, and write in the target language while maintaining a rigorous academic program in English. It is the expectation that students will participate in this program through the sixth grade in order to fully benefit from the approach.

Benefits of a DLI Education

Empowerment

Empowering students to achieve the highest academic, social, and linguistic skills furthering their access to future educational and economic success.

High Standards

Students are instructed according to the Common Core Content Standards for grade level competencies in all subject areas in both English and the target language.

Brain Development

Learning a second language stimulates the brain to develop higher level reasoning skills, which transfer to complex critical thinking in math, science, and language arts.

Self Esteem

Children who are educated in two languages have stronger self-esteem with more tolerance for, and more interest in, other cultures.

Schools in AESD with a DLI Academy

Spanish DLI Schools

In the 2019-2020 school year AESD begun offering Spanish DLI programs at all 23 schools. Contact your neighborhood school for more information on enrolling.

Click here to learn more about Spanish DLI

Korean DLI Schools

Anaheim Elementary School District will be starting Orange County’s first Korean Dual Language Immersion program in the Summer of 2019.

The Korean DLI program will be offered at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. As the district expands the DLI programs and considered what languages to add, Korean was chosen based on input from the community and because there is a strong Korean community in Orange County, but no existing Korean DLI program.

Click here to learn more about Korean DLI

History of DLI at AESD

AESD’s DLI program was established in 2006

After over a decade of dual language instruction Anaheim Elementary School District’s DLI Academy has grown from just 26 students in 2006 to over 1,000 students and growing.

At the start of the 2019-2020 school year AESD begun offering DLI programs at all 23 school sites.

26 Student
in 2006-2007

1,400 Students
in 2018-2019

Dual Language Immersion Academy Was Last Modified: July 20, 2020