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Lake Forest, Ill. considering expanding Mandarin immersion program

February 1, 2011

Proposed Mandarin Immersion Pilot – Grades K & 1 for 2011-12

Picture Lake Forest School District 67 is exploring the option of offering one dual-language (English/Mandarin) kindergarten class and one first grade class beginning this coming fall.

The program will offer half-day instruction in English and half-day instruction in Mandarin through fourth grade.  There has been significant research on the benefits of beginning world language instruction in the earliest grades and using an immersion method of instruction (the teacher uses the new language 70-100% of the time).

Why Mandarin? Some economists predict that China’s economy will surpass even the United States’ sometime in this decade. Yet, less than 5 percent of U.S. public schools have a Mandarin program.  Mastering this language will set our Lake Forest graduates apart for college admission and future career opportunities.

Interested parents may use this webpage to get the most up-to-date news about the program. Parents with additional questions are also  encouraged to contact Assistant Superintendent Andy Henrikson at or 847-989-0118.


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