Friday, May 9, 2014
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Students are learning science in Mandarin Chinese in Dutchtown Elementary’s dual immersion program. Kindergartner Karissa Abney was a helper in this classroom exercise. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)
HAMPTON — Dutchtown Elementary is wrapping up its inaugural year of dual language immersion into Mandarin Chinese.
Kindergarten teacher Mei Cantrell and paraprofessional Fei Fei Zhang speak to their students entirely in the foreign language. They teach 43 kindergartners in math and science, splitting half the day with a teacher and paraprofessional who focus on English/language arts, reading and social studies in English.
The school’s dual language immersion program received its fourth and final visit of the school year from state officials and foreign language consultants Monday.
Greg Barfield represented Georgia Department of Education’s World Languages and Global Initiatives Unit. He is the department’s programs specialist for international affairs.
He was joined by fellow world languages programs specialist, Michaela Clas-Nix, and contracted language consultants Myriam Met and Greg Duncan.
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