BLUE VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT (Student)
Chinese STARTALK Immersion Academy
- June 5, 2017 – June 23, 2017: (Face-to-face)
- Sunset Ridge Elementary, Overland Park, KS
This 3-week STARTALK CHINESE IMMERSION ACADEMY will engage 36 fourth and fifth graders with the theme "The Power of Water" offering cognitively engaging STEaM-related content and activities as the anchor for language learning with authentic multi-disciplinary connections. During 90 instructional hours, non-heritage learners will progress from novice low to novice-mid proficiency levels in the communication modes of listening and speaking with minimal emphasis on reading and writing. Heritage speakers will progress toward intermediate low level in listening and speaking with more focus on literacy skills of reading and writing. Students will communicate about weather conditions and natural disasters; geography and landforms; the effects water has on crops, trees, plants and foods in China and the United States.This Academy serves as the initial step, creating interest and momentum, toward building a long-sequence pipeline for a Chinese academic year program in grades K-12 in Blue Valley Schools.