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Parents as Partners in Their Children’s Chinese Immersion Education: Making Decisions and Providing Support


Work in Chinese.

I was honored to be asked to write this for the Chinese Early Language and Immersion Network of the Asia Society, together with the fantastic Maquita Alexander, executive director of Washington YuYing Public Charter School in Washington D.C. 

Asia Society Center for Global Education, China Learning Initiatives 2018

What’s good about being bilingual?

What is Chinese Language Immersion educaiton?

What Are Helpful Terms for Understanding Language Immersion Programs?

How Has Chinese Language Immersion Education Developed in the United States?

What Are Challenges and Benefits When Choosing Chinese Language Immersion?

What Are Questions to Ask About a Program?

Providing Support for Your Children

Mandarin immersion programs are growing in popularity, with at least 246 programs in schools in 31 states and the District of Columbia in 2017 (Weise, 2017; see also CELIN Program initiatives/find-or-document-program).

This Brief is written for parents who are considering placing their child(ren) in a Mandarin immersion program, or for those parents whose child(ren) is already attending one.

The goal of this Brief is to provide basic information that will make both the decision process and the actual experience clearer for families, as well as offer tips on what parents can do and what resources they can find to make the most of the opportunity that Mandarin immersion offers.

This Brief will also be useful for parents of children learning Chinese as a second or foreign language (e.g., in a FLES or other type of program).

Please read more here.

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