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WSU panel on involving parents in Mandarin immersion

Drawing Strength for Learning Chinese Language: Immersing Parents Along With Students

Weber State University this weekend is holding its 2013 meeting of the Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies. You can find the full schedule, here.

Of note to parents is a panel discussion about involving parents in Chinese immersion. Kami McMaster, one of UMIPC’s Regional Vice Presidents, is one of the panelists.

Time: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013   10:45am-12:15pm,
Location: Weber State University, Shepherd Union Building #321 (3848 Harrison Blvd. Ogden, Utah 84408)

Details: Join us, please, in a roundtable discussion for parents with children in Chinese Immersion Programs. Utah happens to be at the forefront of promoting Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL).  The school districts here in northern Utah have recently begun their fifth year of Chinese immersion.

Those of us affiliated with WCAAS see a need to examine the challenges faced by parents who do not speak Chinese.  In this roundtable discussion we will hear a variety of voices: administrators, teachers, parents, and students—each dedicated to making Chinese immersion work to its full potential.

Map of Chinese immersion programs

Looking for an immersion program near you?

A Brigham Young University professor has created a map of Mandarin schools across the country using data collected by the Mandarin Immersion Parents Council in San Francisco.

Kind of an eye-opener to see how fast this model of foreign language instruction is spreading.

How is language immersion impacting your child?

Jeongwoon (Erin) Kim, a Ph.D. candidate at BYU is asking that very question of parents. I know plenty of us can attest to the changes we see in our kids, the lessons learned beyond just acquiring another language. I distinctly remember one mother saying how the immersion experience taught her son the value of hard work. He’s one of those kids who excels at everything. Having to sweat through something new and challenging is teaching him a valuable life lesson. I’m eager to hear the results of this study – which is IRB-approved. For those of you who don’t know, an Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee designated to approve, monitor and review research on humans to ensure it adheres to certain ethical guidelines.

Participation requires a confidential, in-person interview. Below is more detailed information. If you’re interested in participating, fill out the form below and email it to Erin at, gamjimuih@gmail.com.

Consent to be a Research Subject

This research study is being conducted by Jeongwoon Kim, a Ph.D. student in Instructional Psychology and Technology—Language Acquisition, at Brigham Young University to understand the impact of language immersion program on elementary school children from their parents’ perspective. John Hilton III, a professor of ancient scripture at BYU who has a Ph.D. in education, is a faculty advisor. You were invited to participate because your child(ren) is(are) enrolled in an elementary school language immersion program.


If you agree to participate in this research study, the following will occur:

  • you will be interviewed for approximately thirty minutes to an hour each time about your child(ren) and language immersion.
  • the interview will be audio recorded to ensure accuracy in reporting your statements
  • the interview will take place on BYU campus at a time convenient for you or it will take place at a time and location convenient for you
  • the researcher may contact you later to clarify your interview answers for approximately fifteen (15) minutes.
  • total time commitment will be thirty minutes to two hours.
  • you may be be interviewed once or twice more to accurately capture your perspective.

There are minimal risks for participation in this study. You may feel some discomfort when being audio recorded or talking about personal things. If you feel uncomfortable about answering a particular question, you may choose to decline or excuse yourself from the study.

There will be no direct benefits to you. It is hoped, however, that through your participation researchers may learn about the impact of language immersion in your child(ren)’s life and better them.


The research data will be kept in the researcher’s password-protected computer and only the researcher will have access to the data. At the conclusion of the study, all identifying information will be removed from the researcher’s personal computer and the data will be stored in the researcher’s locked cabinet/office.

There will be no direct compensation for participating in this study.


Participation in this research study is voluntary. You have the right to withdraw at any time or refuse to participate entirely.

Questions about the Research
If you have questions regarding this study, you may contact Jeongwoon Kim at (801)361-1766 or John Hilton III at (801-422-7394 for further information.

Questions about Your Rights as Research Participants
If you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant contact IRB Administrator at (801) 422-1461; A-285 ASB, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602; irb@byu.edu.

Statement of Consent
I have read, understood, and received a copy of the above consent and desire of my own free will to participate in this study.

Name (Printed): Signature Date:

Mandarin immersion classroom checklist

Parents have been asking about Chinese readers – what’s available in the classroom and where to buy them.

Below is a link to a list of readers that the Utah State Office of Education recommends every classroom have (you may have to click on it twice). These are readers that teachers should be sending home with students as homework (on loan to be returned). If you’re classroom falls short, you may want to bring the subject up with your principal. Each school is allotted money for supplies. In some districts this money goes directly to the school. In others, it goes to the district for distribution.

The state is also working in a series of readers that parents can purchase. Stay tuned – more on this in coming weeks/months.