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A call for more Asian language immersion teachers to be trained

June 10, 2022

LAist, by Josie Huang, June 6, 2022

Chinese and Vietnamese are, after Spanish, the most commonly spoken non-English languages in California, but they’re rarely taught in public schools because there’s not enough teachers to do the job.

The state issued nearly 1,200 bilingual accreditations in the 2020-2021 school year, but only 63 were for Mandarin Chinese and two for Vietnamese, according to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

The total number of K-12 teachers accredited in Asian languages added up to 93.

Civil rights leaders on Monday joined with state legislators in calling for a one-time, $5 million state allocation to invest in a teacher training consortium for Asian languages, in hopes of moving some of the credentialing costs off the shoulders of teachers.

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  1. June 27, 2022 1:46 am

    Many thanks for this blog and I am also enjoying your book ‘A parent’s guide to Mandarin immersion’. I wonder if there is any collaboration between ESL (English as a second language) teacher training and CSL (Chinese as a second language) teacher training. There seems to be a lot both can learn from each other.

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