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Mandarin Chinese and Spanish language immersion programs

What is a Language Immersion Program?

Language immersion is an educational approach in which students are taught the curriculum content through a second language. Students receive math, science, or social studies instruction in a target language, such as Spanish or Chinese. Because of the teaching strategies used, students are able to develop literacy skills in both English and the target world language while attaining academic achievement that is at or above their grade level. In addition, students will develop a world cultural sensitivity.

Language immersion is a wonderful vehicle to prepare our students academically, linguistically and socially for the challenges and needs of our global community.

dr._dusty_blakey_-_copy“The Colonial School District is committed to providing a world class education. Proficiency in two or more languages give students a competitive edge in the global market. As part of our K to Career World Language Plan, we are pleased to offer our families Chinese and Spanish immersion instruction beginning in kindergarten. We will grow this program each year to offer expanded opportunities at all grade levels. This is just one more example of how Colonial is preparing our students to be college and career ready.”
Dr. D. Dusty Blakey
Colonial School District

 jackmarkell_bio “In today’s educational landscape, it is imperative for Delaware students to have the skills necessary to compete in a global economy.  Learning a second language will offer our children an advantage in this increasingly competitive world.”
Jack Markell,
Governor of the State of Delaware

Additional Resources

Immersion Program Brochures (PDF)
English Version
Spanish Version

Downloadable FAQ’s

Meeting Minutes

Articles on the benefits of Language Immersion
The Multilingual Mind
• Diving Deep

Why Chinese?
Chinese is the most widely spoken first language in the world. The Mandarin dialect is the official language of China and Taiwan, and is widely spoken in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines and Mongolia. According to the most recent US census, Chinese is actually the third most spoken language in the United States.

China is the heir to the traditions of one of the world’s richest and most ancient cultures and is the world’s second largest economy. According to a Bloomberg study of the most important languages for international business, Mandarin Chinese ranks first after English. China’s economic, political and cultural impact in the next few years will have a significant impact on the world. As business relationships deepen between Delaware and China, having skills to communicate in Mandarin will be an invaluable economic advantage.

Why Spanish?

Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the United States, and according to a recent Bloomberg report, the fourth most important international business language after English.

Delaware professionals such as those in medicine, international trade, pharmaceuticals, the oil and gas industry, power industry, luxury good and other transportation technologies encompass extensive Spanish-speaking networks locally and around the world. Students who learn Spanish perform better on standardized test since more than 50% of modern-day English words trace their origins to Spanish. This means that students learning Spanish as a new language have a relatively quick learning curve which can boost their confidence in learning a new language.

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