PS 58 introduced its first Dual Language French/English Program in 2007.
Each class contains two language populations: English-dominant students (anglophones) and French-fluent students (francophones). During the course of the program, each group of children learn the second language. Bilingual children are usually dominant in one of the two languages, and will begin to learn to read and write in their dominant language while also learning in their second language.
The entry point for the program is Kindergarten. Most students move up each year as a cohort into the next grade, so there are fewer seats available for newcomers beyond their Kindergarten year. Children who are fluent in French can be enrolled in the DLP in any grade as long as we have available seats. Unfortunately, children who do not speak French fluently are not candidates for the program after Kindergarten.
What is a DLP?
- a bilingual program where students learn in two languages
- an English-Language-Learner program for French-speaking students to increase English proficiency
- a program which has classes comprised of students who are native English speakers and native speakers of another language (in our program, French)
- it integrates linguistically diverse students for all or most of their academic subjects
- it uses the other language for 50% of the academic instructional time
Goals for students in the DLP
- to meet or exceed NY State and City standards
- to develop proficiency in their first language
- to develop proficiency in their second language
- to attain a higher level of self-esteem
- to develop an appreciation for cultural diversity
How DLP classes are structured
Instructional time in grades K-5 is equally divided between French and English, but the 50/50 division looks different in some grades.
|Grade(s)||Type of Class||Language Instruction Provided by Teacher(s)||50/50 Time Division of Language Instruction|
|K & 1||self-contained||1 teacher in both French & English (2 teachers/classes per grade)||Half-days: mornings in French and afternoons in English|
|2||self-contained||1 teacher in both French & English (2 teachers/classes per grade)||Alternate full days in French and English|
|3, 4, 5||side-by-side||2 teachers: 1 teacher in French and 1 teacher in English for 2 classes on each grade||Alternate full days in French and English (students switch teachers/classrooms each day)|
Here is an example of an upper-grade “side-by-side” class schedule: Class A would learn in the French teacher’s classroom on Monday, while Class B would learn in the English teacher’s classroom. On Tuesday, Class A would be with the English teacher, and Class B would be with the French teacher. On Wednesday, Class A would be back with the French teacher, and Class B would be back with the English teacher; and so on.
How to apply
For admissions information, please see the Enroll section on the main navigation bar.
Entry into a dual language program is a multi-year commitment involving the family as well as the student. Students learn to become multi-cultural, bilingual and bi-literate. Most children who enter the program in Kindergarten continue in the program through fifth grade.
FAQs for families
Questions from an anglophone family
Questions from a francophone family
List of French resources
Below is a list containing resources for French language learners. This list, created by the PS 58 DLP Liaison Committee of parents, might be helpful for anglophones in the DLP as well as for francophones who would like to research additional French resources in our community, and students outside the DLP who are interested in learning more French.
Resources for French learners
This list has been created by parents of the DLP Liaison Committee for the convenience of other parents and should not be construed as an endorsement of each program. This list is not exhaustive and you are encouraged to find what works for your family in terms of location, cost, method, etc. If you know of other resources that might be useful to other families, please contact the DLP Liaison Committee.
*Starred resources are free!
PS 58 Resources
- *Mlle Patterson’s Language Workshop Blog: Posts about what the students are learning in Language Workshop and shares fun videos and audio tracks your kids love in class!
- Carroll Kids Enrichment class with EFNY: Weekly afterschool classes for French native speakers or beginners, help with homework. Visit the Carroll Kids Enrichment page for more information.
Magazines and Subscriptions
Bookstores and Libraries
- Amazon.ca Shipping from our neighbors to the north is usually cheaper than from France, but you can certainly buy books at Amazon.fr too. Also don’t forget to check regular old Amazon.com for (usually used) French books!
- Librairie Albertine: Independent bookstore located in the Cultural Services of the French Embassy offering French books for children and adults.
- La Librairie des Enfants: This Upper East Side bookshop offers a great selection of children’s books in French along with classes, children’s activities and a book-lending program. Staff is very knowledgeable and can help you find just the right books for your needs.
- FIAF: The French Institute / Alliance Française also has a vast library that members can consult and borrow from.
- *Brooklyn Public Library – All Branches: All Brooklyn Public Libraries have foreign language books for children and adults!
Websites and Apps
- Bayam.tv: The Bayam.tv Website and app with ad-free video content organized by age. Monthly subscription of 5 euros, with an app for your iPad.
- *YouTube: You know there’s a ton of stuff on YouTube, but how do you know where to start? Here are a few jumping-off points:
- Peppa Pig Français
- Petit ours brun
- Mouk en Français
- 1 Rue Sésame and 5 Rue Sésame for kids who like Sesame Street
- Netflix: A number of series can be viewed in French on Netflix! This article has a list of shows available in French and instructions on how to switch the language.