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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Language Learners May Be Muzzled


By: ANDREA KOSKEY 

Examiner Staff Writer
September 7, 2010

San Francisco does not currently have a Mandarin-immersion program past the elementary school level. (AP file photo)
Elementary school children in San Francisco studying Mandarin Chinese may want to learn the phrase, “Where is my school?”

The students in the inaugural Mandarin immersion at two San Francisco Unified School District campuses are nearing graduation from elementary schools with an uncertainty of where they will go to middle school.

The first Mandarin-immersion program was set up in 2006 at Starr King Elementary School in Potrero Hill. There are now hundreds of students in the Mandarin program there and at Jose Ortega Elementary.

An immersion program is aimed at creating proficiency in the target language. For instance, at Starr King, kindergartners receive 90 percent of their instruction in Mandarin and 10 percent in English. The amount changes until fourth grade, when 50 percent happens in each language.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner

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