Oct 9, 2012 7:13 PM by Jenise Fernandez

LPSS Asking for the Public's Help in Expanding Language Immersion

The Lafayette Parish School System is looking to expand language immersion, and they want the public's help. It's all part of superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper's turnaround plan. The Lafayette Parish School System's language specialist, Nicole Boudreaux says because of the high demand of parents wanting their children in language immersion, the district needs to expand it.

"When I see that I have 40 or 50 applications for more than I can serve in the west side of town, I realize there's an issue," said Boudreaux.

There are more than 1100 students in immersion. Boudreaux is asking for feedback. She wants to know what's working, what's not working, and what the community wants to see happen.

"We need to review everything and that's why we need the public's help because we are here to serve the public," said Boudreaux.

The district currently offers immersion in French, Spanish, and Chinese. The task force is hoping to create more.

"It's a very effective form of instruction not only academically but for language acquisition," she added.

CODOFIL's exchange program manager Jean Frigault says this task force is a good thing because it'll bring fresh ideas. Something he wants to see happen, having French immersion start in pre-school and extend through high school.

"So when kids go to high school we can really create an atmosphere, at least a school that's immersion," he said.

The task force started phone surveys today. The online survey will open tomorrow and last for a week. To give your ideas and feedback, visit



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