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Arizona to get new Mandarin immersion program next year

December 5, 2013

Coronado Elementary to launch Chinese immersion program next year

Chinese immersionEric Mungenast/Tribune

Chinese immersion

 

Coronado Elementary School first-grade teacher Alice Fan teaches students how to make a jian zi during a culture club meeting on Nov. 19, 2013. [Eric Mungenast/Tribune]

 

Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 1:30 pm| Updated: 6:10 pm, Wed Dec 4, 2013.

By Eric Mungenast, Tribune

Beginning next year, several students at Coronado Elementary School will take their first steps toward learning the most widely spoken language in the world while learning more about the origin country’s culture.

The school’s Mandarin immersion program will provide students in kindergarten and first grade the first steps toward learning Mandarin. Called the Mandarin Choice Program, students will receive lessons in math and science from a native Mandarin speaker, although language arts and social studies will be taught primarily in English.

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