Immersion Students Starting College Courses

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These 10th graders are not college ready, they are already in college! They are all enrolled at the University of Utah in an upper division 3000 level Spanish course — they are part of a pioneer group of Spanish immersion students from Granite School District who passed the AP as 9th graders, and are now in their first year of the Bridge Program! This is coming to Chinese in the next two years! What is the Bridge Program? From this white paper:

“The Bridge Program is a unique partnership between all Utah state institutions of higher education and school districts with DLI programs. Each Bridge course is developed by a statewide team of university and high school instructors and delivered during a full academic year by a pair of instructors, one from the university hosting the course and one from the high school site working in a co-teaching model. Through challenging and sophisticated approaches to cultural content, Bridge courses focus on developing critical thinking skills and advancing students’ language proficiency towards state grade level targets. The courses further the state goal of graduating students from high school with language proficiency levels more typical of students completing a language major in college. Utah’s institutions of higher education are actively preparing for this influx of linguistically advanced students.

“The Bridge Program meets the need for a secondary pathway for DLI students, but its impact goes beyond this. Enrollment in Bridge courses is open to any student who passes the requisite AP Language and Culture exam, thus broadening its reach to heritage speakers and other students who pass the exam at any point prior to their final year of high school. The Bridge Program promotes equity and access to bilingual and bicultural citizenship in Utah by offering rigorous, upper division university language and culture courses to any qualified student in designated high schools as determined by each district.”

3000 level courses in 10th grade? Wow, that is incredible!

What happens with immersion in high school?

Some people have expressed confusion about what happens to dual language immersion students when they get to high school. There have been some very exciting developments over the past year and the purpose of this post is to explain the Utah State plan. We’ll discuss AP tests, college language courses taken in high school (for dual credit), and how this will impact Regents Scholarships (spoiler: it’s really good news!).

First – what is the secondary pathway for dual language immersion (DLI) in Utah?

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Ideally students in 7th and 8th grade will take 1.5 credits of Chinese each year. We are very grateful to districts and junior highs/middle schools who allow parents flexibility in which classes their children take. Because of the small number of electives, for some students it will make sense to not take some classes (e.g., health, PE, FAC, art, music, Utah history, etc.) so that they can take the classes they really want to (e.g., health, PE, FAC, art, music, Utah history, etc.) and still take the full immersion load.

So, when do students take AP Chinese? The current structure is for students to take the World Language 5 DLI Honors course in 9th grade, and if they are ready, to take the AP test. Let’s assume a student takes and passes the AP language test in 9th grade. What next?

Your student will have the opportunity to take “Bridge courses,” which are funded by a state law passed in 2016. These are college level courses, with different courses being offered in 10th, 11th and 12th grades – helping students earn both high school and college credit. As stated here, “The [University of Utah’s] Second Language Teaching & Research Center has been charged by the Utah State Board of Education to lead the program and is working closely with all Utah institutions of higher education to develop and deliver 3000-level university courses to high school students. This program will allow them to graduate from high school with up to nine upper division credits and further facilitate their development of advanced language proficiency.” Incredible! Students can graduate from high school just two classes short of a minor in the foreign language.

What if your child isn’t ready for the AP test in 9th grade? That student can take AP Chinese (or French, Spanish, etc.) in 10th grade and then take two bridge courses (in 11th and 12th grade). If you want more detail, you can read this narrative about the Bridge courses or watch a video that explains it.

Some parents have expressed concern about the Regents scholarship. For example, “If my child takes AP Chinese in 9th grade, does she then have to take two consecutive years of a different foreign language in 11th and 12th grades?” Happily the answer is no. The Regents office has specified in writing (page 9 of this document) that the bridge classes WILL count towards Regents.

In summary: 1. 7th and 8th grade students should take 1.5-2 credits of foreign language each year. We hope districts and schools will offer schedule flexibility so students can take the immersion classes and other classes that will be most beneficial for them individually. 2. Students will have the opportunity to either (a) take the AP test in 9th grade and then take three college classes (in grades 10-12), or (b) take the AP test in 10th grade and then take two college classes (in grades 11-12). Either of these options will satisfy Regents.

Utah’s immersion program is awesome. Thank a teacher, administrator or legislator today!

 

Job opportunity in Park City. Please read and share!

Seeking: Part-Time Mandarin Teacher in Park City
Parley’s Park Elementary is looking for an after school Mandarin Teacher to fulfill our after school Foreign Language Program.
When : All classes are 3.15 – 4.00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Parley’s Park
Elementary. Monday, November 7th – Thursday, May 11th. No classes on scheduled school
holidays.
Responsibilities:
● Teach 15 to 20 children, ages 6 – 12 years old, in basic vocabulary and language skills.
Children are not expected to be fluent, but familiar and exposed to the language.
● Run structured activities supported by materials and session plans.
● Support PPES Foreign Language Program Guidelines and Policies.
● Communicate with parents at drop-off and pick-up time.
Requirements:
1. Teaching Experience and/or Organized Group Learning Experience
2. Available to work scheduled dates.
3. Qualified candidates must have native command or native-level speaker in Mandarin
Chinese and English. With strong oral and written communication skills in both
languages including writing in Traditional and Simplified characters.
4. Expertise of Chinese customs and culture.
5. Ability to plan and implement creative, hands-on, and engaging lessons at various
levels.
6. Legal authorization to work in the USA and/or a Visa to work in the USA.
7. Back-ground check and fingerprinting to be completed upon hire.
8. 3 Letters of Recommendation confirming proficiency in Mandarin as well as reference.
Compensation:
● $40 Per class fee
Contact:
Annie Cashiola, Foreign Language Chair
anniecashiola@gmail.com or 512.632.8808

Great Cultural Opportunity for all kids, especially Mandarin DLI families!

We recently received this announcement from the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of Greater Salt Lake and would like to share it with you:

We are honored to have a group of orphans from Africa to come here to perform for free at Jordan High School in Sandy on 7/28.

The group will perform Chinese and African songs, dance, and Chinese martial arts

We need you or your PTA’s help to spread the word to your students and their families to come and watch this free performance to support these kids.

Here is a little background about this group:

These African orphans are sponsored and cared for by the Amitofo Charity Center, a Taiwanese charity in Africa.

The Amitofo Care Center (A.C.C.) (Amitofo Charity Center), which is comprised of an administration center, children’s dormitories, youth dormitories, preparatory school, kindergarten, library, activity center, medical center, vocational training center, religious center, CBO, etc. is founded and directed by Buddhist clergy from the East with an aspiration and mission to directly rear and care for orphans of Africa within the humanitarian and educational umbrella.

ACC’s compassionate and philanthropic foot-prints have been left not only in South Africa but also in Malawi, Lesotho, Swaziland, Lilongwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Bloemfontein, etc. As well as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore, Malaysia, and several United State countries. The total of orphans that ACC has adopted to date number around 8,000.

Heather Mangan

TCCGSL volunteer/director/treasurer

(801) 707-1219

Email: thmangan@hotmail.com

Please take the National Mandarin immersion parent survey

We invite you to take ten minutes to take the first-ever national survey of Mandarin immersion families. Our goal is to help programs nationwide better understand what parents want out of these programs and how they’re doing.

The link is:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QWQTTNV

So before you head off to summer fun, take a moment to think about how the year in your Mandarin immersion school has gone.

The survey is being conducted by a Ph.D. language researcher and a long-time Mandarin immersion parent and writer. We are:

Jeongwoon Kim, a Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow studying language acquisition at Kyunghee University, Korea. She earned her Ph.D. in Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University.

and

Elizabeth Weise, a parent of two children who’ve been in Mandarin immersion a total of 14 years now. She is the author of A Parent’s Guide to Mandarin Immersion and lives in San Francisco, California. She is also the creator of the
Mandarin Immersion Parents Council website at http://www.miparentscouncil.org.

Our goal is to gather information about why families choose Mandarin immersion and what their experiences are once their children are attending the program.

We’ll submit the resulting academic article to the Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association. Upon publication, we will also post a non-academic, parent-focused article in Weise’s blog.

There are just 35 questions. It takes between 5 – 10 minutes to complete.

We also ask that you please pass it along to other families you know who have students in Mandarin immersion, as well as families who have left Mandarin immersion programs. Ideally we’d like to have most of the programs in the country represented. If you’ve got a school or program list serve, please send it along!

Again, that link is:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QWQTTNV

Thank you!

Chinese Summer Camp Opportunities

Reminder for Chinese Summer Camp Registration & Information
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Hello Educators and Parents,

Just a reminder about this year’s Chinese dual immersion summer camp that is coming up in July for upcoming 2nd-8th graders. We are really excited about the themes and projects that are being planned currently for the camp this year. There will be an integration of cultural and language activities that will anticipate will be really fun and engaging for students and really get them excited for the upcoming school year. In addition, at the end of the summer camp, there will be a short presentation for parents to get a glimpse into their child’s proficiency and Chinese experience. We hope you all will be able to take advantage of this opportunity! This year’s camp will be held July 26-July 29, 2016. Registration and information can be found at the following link:

http://chinese.uofuyouth.com/
(If this link does not work for you, try typing the address into your search)

The camp will be held at four locations this year, that you will see on the registration page:
Section 001- Sandy site
Section 002- Bountiful site
Section 003- Orem site (Cascade elementary)
Section 004- U of U main campus site 

Please help us pass this registration information along to all teachers and parents.

We hope that you will all take advantage of this awesome opportunity to help your students/children continue learning beyond the school year. If you have any questions about the registration process or supplies needed at the summer camps, please contact University of Utah Youth Education at 801-581-6984. Thank you!

Best,

Shin Chi Fame Kao
K-12 Chinese Outreach Coordinator
Confucius Institute at the University of Utah
Office: (801) 585-0988
Email: shinchi.famekao@utah.edu