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JAMES MADISON

ELEMENTARY

Home of the Mustangs

SAN LEANDRO USD

835 E. 14th Street, Suite 200
San Leandro, CA 94577
Phone: 510-667-3500
Fax: 510-667-6234
Email: communications@slusd.us

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Dual Language Immersion Program

What is Dual Language Immersion?

What is Dual Language Immersion?

Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs allow students to learn academic content while learning to speak, read and write in another language simultaneously.

How does it work?

Students are taught the same curriculum as their peers in English-only programs, but in DLI, at least half of the instruction is presented in Mandarin. Cohorts of students remain together during the program, which builds deep friendships and provides stability.

What are the benefits?

DLI students academically outperform their peers in English-only programs. DLI students were also found to have high levels of self-esteem and motivation. DLI students are better prepared for the global economy, where multiple languages give them a competitive edge!

Where can I learn more?

James Madison Elementary offers school tours and other informational sessions for prospective students and families. For upcoming opportunities, please contact Principal Smith via email at psmith@slusd.us

Who can enroll?

All students in the San Leandro Unified School District are eligible to apply. The goal is to have a balance of English proficient and English Learner students enrolled in our Immersion Program.

Goals

Bilingualism

Students begin the Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program (DLI) program in kindergarten. By 5th grade, students can communicate bilingually in diverse teams and complex settings. 

Biliteracy

Our DLI program provides students a unique opportunity to think critically, read, write and collaborate in English and Mandarin.

Biculturalism

Students in the DLI program are immersed in building cross-cultural competencies and knowledge required of cultural and ethical leaders.

Instructional time in each language

Grade English Mandarin
Kindergarten
50%
50%
First
50%
50%
Second
50%
50%
Third
50%
50%
Fourth
50%
50%
Fifth
50%
50%
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