Long Beach, Wash. area gets Mandarin immersion – fourth in the State
Tiny Naselle, Washington is getting a Mandarin immersion program. According to the Chinook Observer, about half of the incoming Kindergarten class has opted to sign up for Mandarin. The program is also open to students from out of state, which presumably means those coming from nearby Astoria, Oregon. Having driven the bridge between Washington and Oregon there, it would make for one of the most beautiful school commutes in the nation.
The final day to sign up is August 12th.
You can read more about the program on the school district’s web site here. It will be at the district’s single school building, the Naselle K – 12 School.
For more, see a previous article from the Chinook Observer
Never too early to learn Chinese?
Naselle Kindergarteners could be headed that way
Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 2:31 pm | Updated: 7:12 am, Thu Jun 7, 2012.
NASELLE — Instead of “Dick and Jane” and “See Spot Run,” the morning curriculum at Naselle for kindergartners next fall will be entirely in Mandarin Chinese if a proposal to include an immersion language curriculum is passed by the Naselle-Grays River Valley School Board at their June 19 meeting.
The district is considering implementation of dual-immersion education to kindergarten students whose parents choose to participate in the Mandarin Chinese program next year. If adopted by the school board, the program will be taught by a teacher from China and the students who voluntarily enroll will speak nothing but that language exclusively during their morning classes next fall.
“Throughout the country, elementary schools are starting dual-immersion programs in Mandarin,” said Naselle Superintendent, Dr. Rick Pass. “As China’s population of a billion people and their booming economy is moving into the world-wide scene, we see it as a strong advantage for our students to gain fluency in both English and Mandarin. This will help prepare Naselle students to be globally competitive as our world’s cultural gaps get smaller and smaller. We hope to prepare our students for both jobs and opportunities, many of which do not exist as yet, and this program is a positive step in that direction.”
Please read more here.