CELIN Connection

Monthly News and Updates from the Directors of the Chinese Early Learning and Immersion Network (CELIN)

December 2018

We hope that you are enjoying December and having a lovely holiday season. We have profiled another set of Chinese immersion schools in Michigan, and we are looking forward to co-sponsoring two professional development events for teachers, in January and March 2019. We would love to see you there! Details are below.

A New CELIN Program Profile

Greenville Public Schools, in Western Michigan, has offered Mandarin immersion since 2012, with more than 300 students enrolled in grades K–8. The goal is that immersion students will meet the same learning goals as their non-immersion peers and develop high levels of Chinese language proficiency. As of Spring 2018, immersion students remain on pace with their non-immersion peers on standardized English Language tests and consistently score ahead of them on standardized math tests. Access more than 25 CELIN Program Profiles.

A Workshop for Chinese Immersion Teachers on January 18, 2019
CELIN and Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School in Washington, DC, are collaborating to offer an Immersion Teacher Workshop on January 18. During a full day of teacher-led immersion labs, participants will observe immersion classes and interact with experienced immersion teachers; connect with other immersion teachers to set up professional exchanges; learn how to plan lessons, gather resources, and implement them with effective instructional strategies; and engage in performance-based assessments. More information and registration »

Early Childhood Chinese Immersion Forum in San Francisco on March 30, 2019
In this forum, designed for and by educators in Early Childhood Chinese Immersion, teachers in preschool and kindergarten Chinese immersion will engage in a rich day of learning. The forum features a keynote address by Shuhan Wang, breakout sessions led by conference participants, roundtable discussions, and networking opportunities. More information »


November 2018

It was wonderful to see many of you at the ACTFL Convention in New Orleans. During the convention, we made a presentation on the CELIN Brief, Key Features of Effective Chinese Language Programs: A CELIN Checklist, which was well received. Participants commented on the usefulness of the checklist as a tool for programs to engage in self-analysis. You can also access the Brief in Chinese.

A New CELIN Program Profile

The Mandarin Immersion program in Michigan's Forest Hills Public School District began in 2008, and now nearly 400 students are enrolled. Students in grades K–4 experience a 50/50 one-way immersion model, and in grade 5 shift to an intensive Mandarin language and literacy block. Access more than 25 CELIN Program Profiles.

A Workshop for Chinese Immersion Teachers in the Greater Washington, DC Area 
Responding to popular demand, CELIN and Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School in Washington, DC, are collaborating to offer a special Immersion Teacher Workshop at the school on January 18, 2019. During a full day of teacher-led immersion labs, participants will observe immersion classes and interact with experienced immersion teachers; connect with other immersion teachers to set up professional exchanges; learn how to plan lessons, gather resources, and implement them with effective instructional strategies; and engage in performance-based assessments. Space is limited, so please register early to ensure that you have a place at this special event. More information »

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October 2018

This is a busy month, and we have plenty of information to share with you. We hope you will find it useful.

A New CELIN Brief
As Chinese immersion programs have increased in number and grown in maturity, more Mandarin immersion students are moving into the secondary school grades (6–12).This new Brief, Making Middle and High School Mandarin Immersion Work, is written by two leaders in the field, Eric Schneider, Associate Superintendent, Minnetonka Public Schools, and Michael Bacon, Director, Department of Dual Language, Portland Public Schools. It presents two case studies, describing the accomplishments and the challenges of Mandarin immersion education in the middle and high school years in their respective school districts.

A New CELIN Program Profile

Post Oak Academy is a PreK through grade 6 International Baccalaureate Chinese Immersion public school in Lansing, Michigan, which uses a schoolwide 50/50 Chinese immersion model. Supported by a unique array of community partners, the school delivers extraordinary learning outcomes for all students.

Access more than 25 CELIN Program Profiles!

Resources for Parents
We have posted two new articles on the CELIN Resources for Parents page:

Media Report: Challenges of Having Enough Chinese Language Teachers in Schools
This article describes the need in schools for qualified Chinese language teachers, the challenges that U.S. immigration policies present, and ways that schools are addressing the challenge.

Find Chinese Language Programs for Students and Teachers
CELIN continues to collect information about Chinese programs for students and for prospective teachers. Find or document Student Programs; find or document Teacher Programs.


September 2018

We hope you have had a smooth transition to the new school year, and we hope you enjoy the rich content presented here.

A New CELIN Brief
Immersion Education: Creating an Integrated School Culture by Jeffrey Bissell and Sue Berg
We are happy to announce the publication of another CELIN Brief, focused on creating an integrated school culture, in which the learning of language and content in Chinese and English is coordinated and leveraged through meaningful and intentional collaboration.

A New CELIN Program Profile
College Park Elementary School is a grade K–5 school in San Mateo, California.

When Mandarin Immersion was added to the Talented and Gifted Magnet program, the student population grew significantly. The number of Chinese teachers doubled, a ‘can-do’ attitude was adopted by administrators and teachers, and differentiated instruction became a signature piece of the school.

 

Online Course for Students Learning Chinese is Open for Registration
An online Chinese language course is open to heritage language and immersion students of Chinese with Intermediate High proficiency levels. It is free to students and will be delivered online by a teacher with K–12 certification and a teaching assistant from the National Flagship program. More information »

A Media Report: Growth of Mandarin Immersion Programs in the United States
“The American grass-roots school movement immersing children in Mandarin,” Published September 16 in the South China Morning Post, this article describes the recent flourishing of Mandarin Immersion programs, which have expanded from a handful of schools in the 1990s to over 300 this year.

Find Chinese Language Programs for Students and Teachers
CELIN continues to collect information about Chinese programs for students and for prospective teachers. Find or document Student Programs; find or document Teacher Programs.