Broaden Job Opportunities
In our 21st century globalizing world, linguistic and cultural competence broaden job opportunities. This short video says it all.
- demand for bilingual employees doubled over the last 5 years and is growing faster than demand for jobs overall
- the District is home to 1000 global companies, 400 international organizations, 177 embassies and the federal government which increasingly requires bilingual skills
- bilingual employees are paid 5-20% more than their monolingual counterparts
- DC schools cannot yet meet community needs and workforce demands
- 67,000 jobs in DC alone are tied to international trade
- international tourists to DC who for the most part are speakers of languages other than English spend three times as much as domestic tourists contributing billions to the local economy
Yet, languages are still linked to privilege. We can change that!
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Our online shop has released in time for the holiday season! Support equitable access to multilingual education in DC while getting gifts for students, colleagues, teachers, family, friends, and yourself! Sizes available range from Youth XS to Adult XXL. All Proceeds...
DC Immersion at ACTFL 2019
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) hosted their 2019 annual convention and world languages expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Pre-convention workshops began Thursday, November 21, and the schedule programs ran through...
Brainstorming Equity of Access to Dual Language
On November 23, 2019, in collaboration with our partners at University of Maryland's National Foreign Language Center (NFLC), DC Immersion presented on the recently published report, Demographics and Equity of Dual Language Immersion Programs in Washington, D.C. at...
Cafritz Foundation Awards DC Immersion $35,000 Capacity Building Grant
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Washington, D.C., November 20, 2019 The DC Language Immersion Project (DC Immersion) is pleased to announce it was awarded a $35,000 grant from The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. The grant will support the strengthening of DC...
La Suissesse qui veut rendre Washington bilingue
Our executive director was the guest of the 12th episode of the Révolution Bilingue podcast by Fabrice Jaumont. Enjoy! Passage par Washington pour ce douzième épisode de Révolution bilingue en partant à la rencontre de Vanessa Bertelli. Cette suissesse...
Demographics and Equity of Dual Language Immersion Programs in Washington, DC
An analysis of the demographics of kindergarteners in DC public dual language immersion (DLI) schools as compared with non-DLI schools, to move beyond anecdotal evidence, and inform the debate on equity of access to and enrollment in DLI programs. The report highlights areas of concern, and identifies policies and further research needed to allow the District’s most vulnerable students equitable access to these opportunity-boosting programs.
Un Tiempo Lleno de Memorias Dejadas Atrás
By Heriberto Silvano Delgado, DC Immersion's Multilingual Ambassador (English version further below) El mes de la herencia hispana me hace preguntarme de qué manera mucho de los jóvenes hispanos conocieron el significado de ser Hispano/a. En mi experiencia personal...
Our Goals (x4 by 2030)
DC Immersion is working to quadruple the number of seats in quality dual language programs by 2030 with a focus on low-income and at-risk communities. By 2023, our goal is: The District will have legislation mirroring California and New York giving families a right to...
Meet our Multilingual Ambassadors
In August 2019, eight seniors from the International Academy of Roosevelt High School DCPS joined DC Immersion for a 6 months internship. As part of the Multilingual Ambassadors program, the students will learn outreach strategies to inform DC's diverse communities...
Where do I start?
I created these resources to make it easier for people of color to access cost-effective experiences with highly beneficial return on investment. Guest post by Byron L. Williams, International Affairs Professional English as my mother tongue. Spanish when I was in my...