M.L. King School Expands Chinese Program

Cambridge, MA—October 5, 2010: The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School (located at 100 Putnam Avenue) is announcing the projected expansion of its Ni Hao (Hello!) Mandarin Chinese program to include a dual-language immersion component. Funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Foreign Language Assistance Program Grant will provide resources over the next five years to create and implement a dual-language immersion Mandarin Chinese program. In dual-language immersion education, students receive their daily instruction through English and Chinese. Students will maximize their learning potential by becoming proficient speakers, readers and writers of Chinese and English while realizing their academic potential in all of their academic subjects. Our partners in developing this program are the China Center of the Confucius Institute, Applied Linguistics Department at UMass Boston, and Learning Innovations at WestEd in Woburn, MA.

If approved by the School Committee, the dual-language Chinese immersion program will begin at the junior/senior levels of kindergarten in 2011–2012. During the current school year (2010–2011), community, parents, guardians, and school staff are invited to explore and plan with the Project Director, Gerald Yung, principal of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School.

There will be an Information Night at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School on Monday, October 25, 2010 at 6:30PM. To contact Mr. Yung, please call 617.349.6562 x150 or email [email protected].

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