Chinese Immersion Program
In a global society, learning other languages and cultures is essential for our future leaders. That’s why Christina School District is pleased to offer the Chinese Immersion Program at three schools:
- Downes Elementary School (Grades K-5)
- Shue-Medill Middle School (Grades 6-8)
- Newark High School (Grades 9-12)
The Chinese Immersion Program curriculum model engages students in two different languages throughout their elementary school learning experience - English and Mandarin Chinese - and provides them with continued opportunities for intensive language learning through middle and high school. The documentary "Inside Immersion: Speaking in Tongues" provides an informative look into immersion and multilingual education.
Higher academic achievement of students in dual language programs
Greater cognitive flexibility and problem-solving ability
Students develop superior attention, mental flexibility, and memory
Students do better on standardized tests in math, reading, and vocabulary.
Improved cultural awareness and appreciation of our diverse community.
What to Expect from an Immersion Program
Dual Language Immersion offers a rich bilingual experience for young learners when their minds are developmentally best able to acquire a second language; when their brains are hard-wired for language acquisition. Children at this age are adept at picking up language in meaningful contexts.
In class, the Immersion-language teacher speaks only in that language and communicates using a wide range of engaging strategies including pictures, songs, games, body language, expressions, pantomime, drama, etc. After about halfway through kindergarten immersion study, students too will be encouraged to speak only in the immersion language during that portion of the day.
From first grade forward, both teachers and students will conduct all learning and conversations in the immersion language during that portion of the day. You will be delighted how quickly your child becomes a comfortable and competent speaker of Chinese or Spanish.