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Teaching Chinese Language Through Immersion

Dr. Myrium “Mimi” Met - Sr Research Scientist (Former Director, National Foreign Language Center); Consultant   …will share her experiences with K-12 language programs; professional development for teachers and communicating about them; different aspects of such programs: whom to involve, what some of the logistics and challenges are, how to navigate the processes, lessons learned, advantages to various types of instruction; exploring ways to develop and improve existing programs.

Ms. Elizabeth Weise - USA Today, San Francisco Bureau: Technology and Internet Security Reporter; Author   …will speak about language immersion, including a look at the Mandarin immersion scene here in the U.S.; how Mandarin immersion programs are structured; reflections on the "5 styles of Mandarin immersion parents: which style are you?"; why school districts choose Mandarin immersion, and why their motivations are sometimes different from those of parents. Ms. Weise’s book, “A Parent’s Guide to Mandarin Immersion” “中英双语教育: 家长指南” will be available for sale!