Mandarin Immersion

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What is World-Language Immersion?web_mand_boy

World Language Immersion offers a rich bilingual experience for students when their minds are developmentally best able to acquire a second language. In class, the Immersion-language teacher speaks only in that language and communicates using a wide range of engaging strategies including pictures, songs, games, body language, expressions, pantomime, drama, etc. Students too will be encouraged to speak only in the immersion language during that portion of the day. You will be delighted how quickly your child becomes a comfortable and competent speaker of Mandarin Chinese.

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Who can Participate?

All Elementary, Middle, and High School students of varying backgrounds and abilities – students with no previous experience in the new language all the way up to advanced proficiency in the new language.

Grades K – 2

Four hours of instruction includes three hours per day devoted to 100% Mandarin and one hour of English. In Mandarin, Students play games, make arts and crafts, participate in physical activities, sing, read, play math games, science experiments, and social studies / cultural projects –all at a fast pace, all in Mandarin. Traditional characters are introduced. All core subjects are also taught each week in the English written and oral language through a variety of methods including play-based, game-based, and traditional textbook.

Grades 3 -5

Six hours of Instruction in academic subjects are evenly balanced between English and Mandarin. Three hours per day are devoted to 100% Mandarin. Students play games, create artwork, participate in physical activities, sing, read, write with traditional characters, play math games, science experiments, and social studies / cultural projects –all at a fast pace, all in Mandarin. Students begin to develop skills in Pinyin (written expression through technology/computer keyboard). All core subjects are also taught each week in the English written and oral language through a variety of methods including online curriculum, open classroom discussions, games, activities, projects, and traditional textbook.

Grades 6 – 12

Six hours of instruction in academic subjects remains evenly balanced between English and Mandarin. Three hours per day are devoted to 100% Mandarin. Students focus on expanding vocabulary, improving grammar, reading, math, science experiments, world culture, geography, and exploring career options and planning for their future– all at a fast pace, all in Mandarin. Students will also create advanced projects that include music, writing, and translating into the new language. Students continue to develop Pinyin skills. All core subjects are also taught each week in the English written and oral language through a variety of methods including online curriculum, classroom discussions, games, activities, projects, and traditional textbook.

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