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Mandarin immersion brings families to Lansing, Mich. public schools

November 7, 2017

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From The Lansing State Journal


LANSING – Putting aside the remnants of their breakfasts, the students inside Room 128 of Lansing’s Post Oak Academy formed a circle around their teacher, Yu Qiu.

If the group of fourth-graders was feeling the Monday blues, they weren’t showing it. Several sprang from their chairs, eager to join in on the morning name game.

Qiu scanned the students gathered around her and slowly crept toward Morgan McKissack.

Before Qiu could get there, Morgan shouted the name of another student in the circle. Qiu turned and trained on her new target.

Wensen Pei fumbled his words. Qiu tagged him. The youngster replaced his teacher in the center of the circle.

Getting her students to use the Mandarin pronunciation of their peers’ names was the goal. It’s the first step to getting them to converse in the language they use for half the school day but seldom speak at home.

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