CAN MY CHILD ENTER IMMERSION AFTER KINDERGARTEN?
Entry into the program for first grade and beyond will be determined by the District World Language Supervisor, site Administrator and Immersion teacher. Factors such as student’s academic needs, language ability, current class size, grade level as well as other circumstances that would weigh in on the success of the student in the program for late entry. If accepted, the student will be admitted on a trial basis.
CAN MY CHILD PARTICIPATE IN IMMERSION IF WE ARE NOT ZONED FOR GLEN VIEW OR RUSTON ELEMENTARY?
Busing is provided for all children participating in immersion who do not reside within the Glen View school or Ruston Elementary districts.
IS STILL NEW.
WILL IT LAST?
WILL IT GROW?
Administrators and the parent group, FLAIR Parents, are working to ensure the program through the 5th grade.
HOW DOES IMMERSION DIFFER FROM OTHER TYPES OF LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION?
In traditional second language instruction, the target language is the subject of instruction. Immersion programs use the target language for instruction and as a means of communication. This authentic communication allows students to learn a second language in a similar manner to the way that they have learned their first.
IF MY CHILD'S SCHOOL DAY IS CONDUCTED PRIMARILY IN FRENCH, HOW WILL THEIR ENGLISH SKILLS SUFFER?
Not at all! In fact, research shows that “the effect of learning a second language on first-language skills has been positive in all studies done.... [and] the loss of instructional time in English has never been shown to have negative effects on the achievement of the
HOW DO I HELP MY CHILD WITH HOMEWORK IF I DON'T SPEAK FRENCH?
Homework assignments will contain instructions in English. Likewise, all communication between teacher and parents is in English.
DO IMMERSION STUDENTS TAKE DIFFERENT PERFORMANCE
Immersion students take the same required tests and are evaluated by the same standards as their non-immersion peers. Immersion students take these tests
WHAT IF MY CHILD REQUIRES REMEDIATION? IS THIS OFFERED IN IMMERSION?
All students in the program are entitled to remediation in reading, language arts, and mathematics as identified by a parish-wide measurement.
HOW ARE THE IMMERSION TEACHERS SELECTED? WHAT ARE THEIR CREDENTIALS?
All teachers meet the certification requirements of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education & they demonstrate a native or near native proficiency level in the target language. Teachers employed from another country hold a teaching certificate in their native countries and have more than 3 years teaching experience. They meet the requirements for a Louisiana Teaching Certificate that designates them as highly qualified.