Chinese Immersion Education at ISTP and Beyond: Exploring National Trends and Future Directions”
December 3, 2013
“Chinese Immersion Education at ISTP and Beyond:
Exploring National Trends and Future Directions”
Presentation By Chris Livaccari
The Mandarin immersion program at International School of the Peninsula (ISTP) is the nation’s third oldest. Since it started in 1996, there has been an explosion of interest in both Chinese language learning and language immersion education, and the field is rapidly expanding and evolving. What does a Mandarin immersion education look like and how can it prepare young people with the twenty-first century skills they will need for success in a global world? How can schools offer a rigorous and engaging program of study (in two or more languages) that connects the classroom seamlessly with the world beyond the schools’ walls? Please join us for consideration of these and other key issues emerging in the field.
Admissions Open House
January 11, 2014
3233 Cowper Street, Palo Alto
10:00am – 12:30pm
Chinese Immersion Education at ISTP and Beyond:
National Trends and Future Directions
The International School of the Peninsula is a bilingual school serving children 3 years old through 8th grade school in Palo Alto. ISTP is a 30+ year old bilingual immersion school. The Chinese immersion program was established in 1996 and is the nation’s third oldest Mandarin immersion program.
About Chris Livaccari:
Chris Livaccari is Upper Elementary Principal and Chinese Program Director at International School of the Peninsula. A Chinese and Japanese language educator and former US diplomat, Chris was previously Director of Education and Chinese Language Initiatives at Asia Society, where he created a national network of 101 US schools in 28 states that teach Chinese and their partner schools across 23 provinces in China. He is the co-author of Structures of Mandarin Chinese for Speakers of English (Peking University Press), the Chinese for Tomorrow series (Cheng & Tsui), and Chinese Language Learning in the Early Grades: A Handbook of Resources and Best Practices in Mandarin Immersion (Asia Society), among other publications in English, Chinese, and Japanese. He is a graduate of Columbia University, the University of Chicago, and New York University, and held postings as a Foreign Service officer at the US Embassy in Tokyo and the US Consulate General in Shanghai.