INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Education has awarded nearly $300,000 in grants, allowing 10 elementary schools to continue their Dual Language Immersion Programs. Another elementary will be able to begin a new language program with the additional funding.

The DLI program is an instructional model that begins in either kindergarten or first grade. The program requires 50% of classroom instruction to be in a targeted language. The remaining instructional time is taught in English.

The Indiana DOE says the rigorous content is intended to teach the young students to be bilingual and bi-literate.

“When we immerse our students in diverse cultures and languages, we provide an education that better prepares them for the world in which we live,” said State Superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick.

Of the eleven schools receiving awards, nine are teaching Spanish. Another school is teaching French while another is immersing the students in Mandarin.

Some programs continue through mid-elementary to middle school grade levels.

Read the document below to learn about the recipients and the program.