The Japanese Dual Language Program (JDLP) in Public School 147 The Isaac Remsen Elementary School for Environmental Engineering (PS 147) in Brooklyn, New York is the only dual language immersion program in Japanese that is offered within the New York City Public School System.
JDLP aims to have self-contained two-way immersion classes with each class comprised of 12 Japanese-speaking children and 12 English-speaking children with no Japanese background learning side by side. Children who are accepted into the JDLP classes receive half of their lesson in English and the other half in Japanese. There are two teachers teaching each class: one early-childhood certified teacher teaching in English, and the other, a certified Japanese bilingual teacher. This is not a bilingual or ESL program – the goal is not to transition the student out of Japanese and into English but rather for all students to become fully fluent in both languages by the time they graduate 5th grade.
For academic year of 2019-2020, JDLP serves approximately 130 students from Pre-Kindergarten to 4th grade learning Japanese and English side by side. In the fall of 2020, we will grow to be a full PreK to 5th grade program.
JDLP exposes a diverse student body to Japanese language and culture, while ensuring that they also receive quality American education. We believe that JDLP’s bi-literal and bi-cultural education not only adds to the students’ intelligence, but also builds empathy, open-mindedness and a deeper understanding of diversity – all critical aspects for young learners.
JDLP Committee: Consisting of a group of dedicated parents, the JDLP Committee supports all facets of JDLP by promoting and enriching the program.
Brooklyn Japanese Dual Language Association, Inc (BJDLA): BJDLA proudly supports and sustains the programming of JDLP in PS 147. Founded by a group of parents, BJDLA is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, and all donations made to the program are tax deductible.
BJDLA, Inc has received generous support from:
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