HAMPTON, GA – Dr. Martha Reichrath, Deputy State Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Georgia Department of Education (GADoE), and Dr. Greg Barfield, Program Specialist for World Languages and Global Initiatives Unit GADoE, recently visited Dutchtown Elementary School to observe their Chinese-English Dual Immersion Program
“We were very impressed with the general air of excitement that was prevalent in the classrooms,” stated Barfield.
Noting one class with only the foreign language being spoken, Barfield added, “All students were engaged, and instruction was only in Chinese. Students seemed very at ease with hearing only Chinese spoken.”
With school approaching its second month, finds the dual language immersion program in full swing. Principal Dr. Winnie Johnson has witnessed a high level of engagement from parents of students in the program. Each parent wants to assist and witness the building of an international and marketable foundation.
The students are learning science and math in Mandarin Chinese. Easily the most widely spoken language in the world, the new dialect, history, and culture will help provide students a global view, and hopefully improve job seeking efforts in the future.
Both officials received a tour of the two classrooms co-taught in Mandarin Chinese, and the other taught in traditional English focusing on Language Arts, Social Studies, and writing. Teachers Mei Cantrell, a native Mandarin speaker, and Kim Moss share the task of teaching kindergartners in two different languages. Their classes switch during the middle of the day.
This Kindergarten class will roll-up each year through fifth grade, as a new class will start in Kindergarten. Offering a K-5 dual language pathway by the 2018-19 school year.
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