Mandarin Chinese Immersion Program
Horseshoe Trails Elementary School has the only Chinese Immersion Program in the district. The 2019-20 school year showcases a Kindergarten through 5th grade program with plans to continue rolling up one grade level per year. In this enriched educational model, 50% of daily instruction is conducted in Mandarin and the other 50% is in English. Thematic Units spiral throughout the academic content areas so that Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) are taught in both languages.
Goals of an Immersion Program
- Academic Achievement in English at grade level or higher
- High levels of proficiency in English and another language
- Increased levels of multicultural awareness
- Healthy self-esteem, determination and grit regarding learning languages
Young brains are wired to acquire languages through an immersion setting. The Chinese Immersion program takes advantage of this window of opportunity by starting in kindergarten with plans to articulate through 8th grade. Students in the HTES immersion program have two teachers and two classrooms. They develop two languages and learn to perceive the world around them through two cultural lenses. Research shows that immersion students demonstrate more cognitive flexibility, exhibit expanded attention spans and problem solving skills which translate into higher academic achievement. This type of programming allows students to reach the highest level of proficiency in another language than any other language model offered in schools. Students that can enter the world with high levels of proficiency in English and another language will have double the opportunities to succeed!
Click into this You Tube video for an introduction to these programs.