Possibly due to my suggestion both by email to the Board and the submission to the Board back in December, there is mention of Mandarin Immersion (and perhaps Spanish) as a summer school option. I would really be interested to see how others think of the idea.
Growing up in England and Ireland, there were several different types of programmes that offered a language immersion summer experience. These ranged from residential to all day programmes where instruction was given at the early part of the day, and traditional summer fun followed for the remainder of the day in the target language. I myself never actually attended these programmes, but I had friends who did and it really improved their language skills. They made new friends who they always spoke to as a matter of course in that particular language and their understanding of the language became intuitive rather than academic. It is from this that I think it could work here. A program from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00p.m. following this scheme with both classroom time and structure fun as well as free time over a period of weeks during the summer, could help a child get a fundamental basic language experience which would last beyond their school career into adult life.
I await to hear your thoughts.
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