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San Francisco Bay area gets new Mandarin immersion school in Union City

June 7, 2021

Guy Emanuele Elementary School in Union City, California has launched a Mandarin immersion program. It began in the fall of 2020.

The program will use simplified characters and begin at 80 of the school day in Mandarin, 20% in English. That will gradually decline to 50/50% by 5th grade.

Launching fall of 2021.

Union City is a small city of about 75,000 central to Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose.

The district envision a program that will extend through 12th grade. “It leads to a Seal of Biliteracy to help students stand out in college as well as in their careers,” said Clinton Puckett, the school’s principal.

They have a nice website that includes a video about the program which you can see here. The 4-year-olds telling you about what they can do and what they like are adorable!

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