Dual Language Immersion provides a way to learn academic content while acquiring another language at the same time. At Arrowhead Elementary students receive math, science, and social studies instruction in Chinese. The teaching strategies used supports students in learning the concepts and skills for the subject area and develop the ability to read, write, speak, and listen in another target language.
The goals are for the students to develop literacy skills in both English and Chinese while attaining academic achievement that is at or above their grade level as measured by Utah Core Testing.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN A DUAL IMMERSION PROGRAM?
Dual immersion offers a rich bilingual experience for young learners when their minds are developmentally best able to acquire a second language.
Students enjoy the advantage of two caring, qualified teachers. The English- speaking teacher uses half of the instruction day to teach English language arts (reading, writing, and spelling) as well as other subjects of the curriculum (science, social studies, math, etc)
The Chinese-speaking teacher uses the other half of the time or the day to teach Chinese Literacy, Math, and portions of social studies, art, science, music. P. E. and health topics from the grade-appropriate level of the Utah State Core Curriculum
In class, the Chinese teacher speaks only in Chinese and communicates using a range of engaging strategies including pictures, songs, games, body language, expressions, drama, pantomime, etc. Children at this age are adept at picking up language in meaningful context. After a brief period at the beginning of the year, students too will speak only in Chinese during the Chinese class.
You’ll be delighted how quickly your child becomes a comfortable and competent Chinese speaker.