KOREAN DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM (KDLP)
PRCS is proud of it's thriving and robust KDLP Program. Below lists Frequently Asked Questions about the program. The KDLP is open to all!
What is the Korean Dual Language Program (KDLP)?
English Learners and English Proficient students receive instruction in English and Korean in the same classroom to develop academic proficiency in both languages beginning in kindergarten through seventh. Dual Language Programs are also known as two-way immersion programs. The KDLP program at PRCS is academically rigorous and challenging.
How many dual language classrooms are there?
There is one class per grade level with the exception of third grade where there are two classes.
Does my child have to know any Korean to enter the program?
No. We highly encourage non-heritage Korean families to join the program.
How is Korean taught in the classroom?
Both English Learners and English-proficient students are mixed in the same classroom to promote bilingualism, biliteracy, and multiculturalism. Both languages are used to teach content in Language arts, math, science, social studies, and even art. Students are held to the same high academic standards. No mixing of languages-language of instruction is separated. Heterogeneous and homogeneous grouping strategies are used to promote language development and to develop literacy skills in English and Korean.
What model of teaching is used in the KDLP classroom?
The 50/50 Model. Both languages are used for instruction at all grade levels. All subjects are taught in both languages at all grade levels beginning in kindergarten. English and Korean literacy skills are taught simultaneously beginning in kindergarten.
“Dual language programs have been found to provide the greatest academic gains for language minority students when compared to the academic achievement of language minority students attending other types of bilingual or English-as-a-second language programs.” Thomas, W. & Collier, V. (1997) School Effectiveness for Minority Language Students
Why should children learn a second language?
Knowing a second language is important given the global nature of today’s job market. In addition, there are many benefits for the brain. When a child learns a second language, it not only activates the components of the brain that are responsible for verbal and written communication, but it also activates the areas of the brain that are directly responsible for reasoning, thinking, and numeric understanding. As a result, the child is capable of excelling in virtually every area of their academic careers.
Is it difficult to learn Korean in kindergarten? Why begin in kindergarten?
The early school years are the best and easiest time for children to learn a language.
A study at the University of Illinois was conducted on immigrant Chinese and Korean children living in the U.S. It showed, that the singular determining factor in their ability to speak English like a native was the age at which they immigrated. Only children who had been immersed in English before the age of seven performed as well as native speakers; the younger the children were upon arrival in the U.S., the better they scored.
How do I sign up for the KDLP?
Our Korean Dual Language Program (KDLP) is now being offered through E CHOICE for LAUSD Students. Late Registration for incoming families will open February 1 for 2018-19 school year.
All incoming KDLP in or out of the area students to PRCS will need to apply through E-CHOICES. Please go to https://apply.lausd.net/
Starting in May 2018, school will notify families if a seat becomes available for 2018-19
Is the KDLP Program for only non-English speakers?
No. Surprisingly, students that have learned a second language or are in the process of learning a second language that have been evaluated on standardized testing procedures used in schools, received higher scores in more than just the verbal aspect of the tests. They also scored higher in math.
Will my child's academic learning be compromised by learning Korean?
No. Students are likely to have higher levels of academic success throughout school. When a child learns a second language, it not only activates the components of the brain that are responsible for verbal and written communication, but it also activates the areas of the brain that are directly responsible for reasoning, thinking, and numeric understanding. As a result, the child is capable of excelling in virtually every area of their academic careers.
What are the goals of the KDLP?
Communicative and Academic second language proficiency, primary language proficiency, academic achievement in all subject areas, and appreciation for cultural diversity.