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Monrovia Calif. Mandarin immersion school up and running

November 29, 2015

Plymouth Elementary School’s Mandarin Dual Immersion Program Helps Parents Too

November 17th, 2015 by Monrovia Weekly

By Terry Miller
Plymouth School in Monrovia has implemented a first of its kind in the district – a dual immersion program for students to learn Mandarin. In fact the school is on the cusp of what will, perhaps, become a trend in all public schools in California with the general uptick in Asian-American population in Los Angeles County.

From left: Plymouth parent, Lisa Cumes with her daughter Olivia, Elizabeth Chavez, Chinese principal visiting the school Guan Xiaorong, Jessica Vazquez (student on her lap.)-Photo by Terry Miller

The program is taught by Mrs. Miki Boyle (Mandarin Teacher) and Mr. Steve Cook (Mandarin/English teacher.)
Dual immersion programs include native English-speaking students and native speakers of a foreign language. The goals of dual immersion programs are to develop bilingualism/biliteracy, academic achievement, and cross-cultural competencies for all students. Dr. Katheryn Lindholm-Leary, one of the country’s leading experts on dual immersion programs defines them said: “[In dual immersion programs] English-dominant and target-language-dominant students are purposefully integrated with the goals of developing bilingual skills, academic excellence, and positive cross-cultural and personal competency attitudes for both groups of students.”

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