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Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program

A look at PUSD's Mandarin Dual Language Immersion program.


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Case study of dual-language immersion program method

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The Basics of Chinese Immersion Program Design - Asia Society

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The Basics of Chinese Immersion Program DesignAsia SocietyDesigning a language immersion program requires a level of commitment on the part of the administration, teachers, students, and parents that is far beyond that of many other types of...


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Minnetonka Parents Rally For Immersion Teachers

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スペイン語、中国語イマージョン・プログラムの教師にも英語教師と同じ試験の受験を義務化?(アメリカ)

Parents of Minnetonka immersion students are still looking for a new decision on basic skills tests for immersion teachers and hope for some changes at the state legislature as soon as this week.

A new law requires all teachers to pass a basic skills test before teaching in  public schools.

However, some parents believe the level of English proficiency  required in the test for Chinese and Spanish immersion teachers is impractical.

"One of the goals of our immersion program is to hire teachers  with  native-level fluency in the immersion language," commented one parent.

As of publication of our poll, 111 votes were cast in the Patch Poll published March 20 (included here for another round of voting). To answer the question "Should immersion teachers have to take the basic skills test?," 45 people voted "Yes, the same test as all teachers, in English;" 44 voted "Yes, a similar test in their native language;" 10 voted "No, they shouldn't have to take the test at all;" and 12 voted "Yes, but give them extra time to pass the English test."

It should be noted that the last option was added just before 9 a.m. when the article was published earlier that day.

Sen. Terri Bonoff (DFL-Minnetonka) has introduced legislation giving  immersion school teachers who already have a provisional license until  2014 to pass the exam.

"The last thing we want to do is penalize these outstanding students,  teachers and programs because of an unintended consequence of the law,"  Bonoff told the Star Tribune.

In the House, Rep. Connie Doepke (R-Minnetrista) introduced a bill that  would grant the extension for all teachers who have a provisional  license.

Apparently, 400 teachers who are  already teaching will have to pass the test before going back to the  classroom next school year. Another 1,100 "hopeful" teachers have failed  the test and have license applications pending, according to the Star Tribune.

Public school teachers were already required to take the basic skills  test but did not  have to pass before they began teaching. Under the  old law, teachers who failed the test could get a  three-year provisional license that allowed them to  teach while trying to get a passing score. The teacher licensing exams are currently only  offered in English.

The new law requiring all public school teachers to pass the test before they can teach took effect in late February.

 


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WIDA Blog: CoCoMo Institute

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More than 85 educators from 14 Consortium states are hard at work learning about the Common Core State Standards and WIDA's English Language Development (ELD) Standards.

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Five Reasons Washington Needs Dual Language Programs ...

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Student in a Seattle ELL classroom, 2011. Photo: Celina Kareiva/Mwiza Kalisa. Want your kids to grow up bilingual? Check out Global Washington's guide to dual language education in Washington state. A friend of mine ...

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Dr. Kathleen Contreras's curator insight, August 21, 2013 5:25 PM

Washington State expands its dual language programs.

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No Child Left Monolingual: Kim Potowski at TEDxUofIChicago

Kim Potowski is Associate Professor of Spanish linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she directs the Spanish heritage language program....

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Dr. Kathleen Contreras's curator insight, May 9, 2013 11:02 AM

Excellent lecture, useful for teachers and parents, focusing on the many advantages and myths of dual language education.

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Glendale Unified sees high demand for popular dual-language immersion ... - Glendale News Press

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Glendale Unified sees high demand for popular dual-language immersion ...

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Dr. Kathleen Contreras's curator insight, August 24, 2013 11:32 AM

Popularity of dual programs exceeds expectations.

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Example of another effective type of second-language instruction

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CAL Two-Way Immersion Home Page

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In dual language education programs, students are taught literacy and academic content in English and a partner language. The goals of dual language are for students to develop high levels of language proficiency and literacy in both program languages, to demonstrate high levels of academic achievement, and to develop an appreciation for and an understanding of diverse cultures.


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Staffing Your Chinese Immersion Program

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By Jeff Bissell and Kevin Chang
Whether it be an immersion or other setting, it is imperative to select teachers with the basic qualifications to be effective in the classroom.

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Translating the Common Core for Dual-Language Classrooms ...

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In many dual-language programs, particularly in the early grades, students are learning as much as 90 percent of their content in the target, non-English language. So what does ...

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Editorial: Dual-language classes boost student success - Albuquerque Journal (subscription)

Editorial: Dual-language classes boost student success
Albuquerque Journal (subscription)
Albuquerque's Truman Middle School has had a dual-language program since 1999.

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Foreign Language Policies Around the World

Foreign Language Policies Around the World | Dual Language Education | Scoop.it

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Dr. Kathleen Contreras's curator insight, March 2, 2013 5:35 PM

Language study policies around the globe call for change in changing times.

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The advantages of bilingualism/Creating a French Dual Language program in your Local Public School - New York in French

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The Downtown/Midtown French dual-language program parent groups, with the support of the Embassy of France, are pleased to invite you to the conference The… (RT @NewYorkinFrench: Creating a French dual language program in your local public school:...

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Dr. Kathleen Contreras's curator insight, May 9, 2013 10:54 AM

Many French dual language programs initiated by local French-speaking parents who seek French/English instruction.  Bottom-up programs with support from the French embassy.

 

How can the local consulate office in your area support your local dual language program?

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Dual language immersion and bilingual education

There are two types of school that teach in a foreign language: bilingual and dual language immersion programs. Learn about the different paths of bilingual ...
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