Blue Valley Schools (Student)
STARTALK Chinese Immersion Academy
- June 4, 2018 – June 22, 2018: (Face-to-face)
- Morse Elementary School, Overland Park, KS
This 3-week STARTALK CHINESE IMMERSION ACADEMY will engage 30 fourth and fifth graders with the theme "Thoughtful and Caring Citizens Every Day" offering cognitively challenging social studies content, functional language and engaging activities as the anchor for language learning with authentic multi-disciplinary connections. During 90 instructional hours, non- heritage learners will progress toward novice-mid proficiency levels in the communication modes of listening and speaking with minimal emphasis on reading and writing. Heritage speakers will advance toward intermediate-low proficiency level in listening and speaking modes with more focus on literacy skills of reading and writing. Rising 1st graders will attend for 45 hours and will continue their yearlong language immersion experience or may be introduced to Chinese for the first time. This Academy serves as an initial step for some, while offering a supportive and ongoing experience for others, creating interest and momentum toward building an established long-sequence pipeline for multiple Chinese academic year programs in Blue Valley Schools.