Case Studies

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Read case studies of successful programs and classes, in school, out of school, and around the community!

Case Studies

Graduates of the Chinese Language Flagship Program at Arizona State University are proof that attaining a superior level of Chinese in four years is feasible.
Workforce development in afterschool and summer programs prepares youth for the 21st century.
In the Chinese immersion classroom, it's a balancing act for teachers: math, social studies, and science on one hand, and Chinese language arts on the other.
Students are able to choose from an extensive range of vocational education and training (VET) certificates offered either at the College or at an external training provider as part of their senior secondary studies.
The College has a reputation for quality curriculum design and engaging vocational education and training (VET) programs across the arts, trades, and technologies.
Flipped learning, using online sessions to build and drill basic knowledge and skills, frees up time in class. Teachers can leverage this and create opportunities for students to apply language as they practice higher-order thinking.
Deep learning experiences are only possible in the context of relationships that go beyond superficial politeness and touch on real emotions, and the best way to get to this deeper level of relationship is through extended homestays.
High-quality afterschool programming leverages hands-on learning experiences and community connections to prepare youth for success in college and the workforce.
With a foundation of trust and a commitment to a long-term relationship, the connections between schools and students can develop in new ways for many years to come.
Launching a flipped classroom demands creativity, time, and initiative. The payoff is cumulative.
Yinghua Academy, a Mandarin Chinese K–8 immersion school in Minneapolis, offers a 14-day study abroad experience in the summer for students in Grades 6 to 8.
Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School offers a 2-week study abroad program in the spring for students in 5th grade, their last year at the school.
Portland Public Schools Mandarin Immersion Program has 2 study abroad programs for Chinese immersion students in grades 8–12.
ISTP offers rigorous bilingual programs in Mandarin Chinese, in addition to French. Study abroad is a key component of the program and offers 2- to 3-week study abroad opportunities for students in Hangzhou, Taiwan, and Chengdu.
The Global Village Academies are K–8 schools on four campuses. In Grades 7 and 8, students studying Chinese have the opportunity to study abroad in China for a week in the spring.
CAIS offers a Chinese immersion curriculum with international programs for students in grades 5, 7, and 8, high school alumni, faculty, and staff.
Judy Fordjuoh, a senior at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School in Brooklyn, continues to study Chinese because she finds it “interesting to talk to people that we think are completely different from us – in another language.”
Students from the Peninsula School District in Washington State flew across the globe and visited their partner school, Mudanjiang No.1 High School in Harbin, China.

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Chinese language teacher Guo Ruijian helps her students discuss buying fruit in Mandarin.
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Meet Yan Wang, a Chinese language teacher at a Kentucky elementary school, as she helps her students practice reading characters in Mandarin.
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Meet Jen Lin, a Chinese language teacher at a Connecticut high school, as she teaches her students how to order food in Mandarin.
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Meet Zhangyi Shi, a Chinese language teacher at a Richmond, Virginia high school, as she teaches her students how to order food in Mandarin.
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Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond spoke with Asia Society as part of the Global Cities Education Network initiative.
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Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond spoke with Asia Society as part of the Global Cities Education Network initiative.
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Mei Dong of the Collegiate School in Virginia is featured in the latest Asia Society instructional video for Chinese language teachers in the United States.
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Marc Chun of the Hewlett Foundation moderates a student panel at Asia Society's 2014 Partnership for Global Learning Conference.
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