CELIN Connection

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

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.