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Looking for parent readers for book on Mandarin immersion

November 1, 2012

Hello all,

As folks who read this blog know, I’m in the process of writing a book—“A Parent’s Guide to Mandarin Immersion.” I’m about three-quarters done with it and have gotten to the point where I’d like feedback from parents.

Right now much of the book is based on extensive academic reading (a little dry, I’ll admit) and interviews with Mandarin immersion school administrators. What’s missing are parents’ stories.

I’m looking for people who would be willing to read a chapter, or two or three, and give me feedback. What made sense? What didn’t? What would be helpful? And I want to hear stories about your own family’s journey with Mandarin immersion that I can include.

I’ve love to hear from families who speak Chinese, families who don’t and people whose families once did. And parents with kids at all levels, from Kindergarten to College and beyond.

The specific chapters I’m looking for feedback on now (more are coming) are these:

-How immersion works in the classroom

-A short history of language immersion.

-A brief introduction to Mandarin (aka Chinese 101)

-How much Mandarin will they learn?

-Reading Chinese: literacy issues.

-For Mandarin-speaking parents: Keeping Mandarin alive

If there’s a particular chapter you’re especially interested in, please email me.

I’m also looking for Mandarin immersion graduates to interview (or parents of Mandarin immersion graduates) to find out what they’ve done with Chinese and how useful they feel it was for them.





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