Skip to content

Long Beach, Washington Mandarin Making its Mark

February 12, 2014



Mandarin makes its mark

  • Chinese Immersion
  • Damian Mulinix

    Naselle School kindergarteners go over Mandarin characters on a worksheet as part of a Chinese immersion class.

Chinese ImmersionDamian Mulinix

First-graders names are spelled out in Mandarin above their backpacks in a Chinese immersion class at Naselle School.

Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 6:00 pm


NASELLE — It’s nearly recess and the students in Qian Xiao’s kindergarten class are restless. They start to ask her questions — in English. But Xiao, who goes by the name “Tina,” responds in Mandarin. Her students listen intently. One girl twists in her seat and a boy, at Xiao’s prompting, looks out the window to see if there is any snow on the ground.

In Mandarin, he tells her there isn’t any.

It’s been one year since the Naselle School, grades K-8, introduced a Mandarin immersion program for kindergarten and first grade. With 37 students enrolled in the immersion program and the majority of students performing well on state tests, Principal Karen Wirkkala hopes the program will continue.

The school has reapplied for the grants that currently fund the classes and provide the native Chinese-speaking teachers, and school officials should know next month whether or not the grant applications were successful.

Please read more here.

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: