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The Dual Language Immersion K-12 Teaching Minor prepares students to earn a Utah Dual Language Immersion (DLI) endorsement, which may be attached to either an elementary or secondary-level teaching license. This means that education majors (early childhood, special, elementary, and secondary), if they complete a DLI minor and endorsement, are eligible to teach in a Utah DLI classroom at any level from kindergarten through grade 12.

The state of Utah leads the nation in immersion education, with nearly 300 elementary and secondary schools implementing the Utah DLI model in Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Students who complete a DLI minor at BYU have a strong chance of being hired to work in a Utah DLI school, and are also well prepared to teach in immersion programs in other states.

Dual Language Immersion in Utah

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Students who successfully complete the DLI minor in addition to their teaching major will be recommended to the state of Utah for a DLI endorsement as well as a World Language endorsement in their respective foreign language. In order to qualify for these endorsements, the state requires an oral proficiency rating of Advanced Mid or higher, as well as a passing score on the Praxis test in their language of specialty.

Program Learning Outcomes

1. Articulate theoretical principles and research findings that support dual language instruction, especially with regard to immersion education

2. Identify appropriate objectives for the learning of academic content, language, literacy, and culture that correspond to curriculum guidelines and student proficiency levels

3. Select and modify curriculum and materials for use in immersion programs

4. Plan for instruction that systematically integrates a focus on academic content with a focus on language

5. Manage the classroom in the immersion language, making input comprehensible and sustaining a clear and consistent separation of languages.

6. Scaffold activities to provide opportunities for student output in the immersion language and elicit specific language functions and forms

7. Teach initial literacy skills in two languages and promote the development of biliteracy

8. Implement formative and summative assessments of subject matter and language learning, and apply assessment results to improve instruction


Ellen Knell

DLI Minor Program Coordinator

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