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Opportunities for Learning Mandarin Chinese in the Greater Princeton Area

I. Full-day Private School Programs:

YingHua International School
www.yhis.org
33 River Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
(732) 513-3034
Offering classes from pre-school to elementary grades since 2007 to both heritage speakers and non-Chinese speakers.


II. After-School Programs:

1. Berlitz Language Inc.
www.berlitz.us/Locations/Language-Center-Info/119/lcId__386/
31D Hulfish Street
Princeton, NJ 08542
(888)389-0448
Offering personalized language learning.

2. Quakerbridge Learning Center
www.quaker-bridge.com
4044 Quakerbridge Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08619
(609) 588-4442
Offering after-school Chinese lessons for the first time. Trial lessons from September 13, 2010 through January 21, 2011.

3. YingHua International School
www.yhis.org
33 River Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609)375-8015
Offering after-school Chinese programs since 2007. Chinese lessons, accelerated math program (taught in Chinese), and full after-school program to both heritage speakers and non-Chinese speakers.

III. Weekend Chinese Schools:

1. Huaxia Plainsboro Chinese School
www.hxpcs.org
HXPCS teaches simplified Chinese on Sunday afternoons at WW-P High School North. Over 600 students mostly heritage (Chinese-speaking) students. Offering language and cultural classes since 1998.

2. Princeton Chinese Language School
www.pcls.org
(609) 759-0185
PCLS teaches traditional Chinese to about 200 both heritage and non-Chinese-speaking students on Sunday afternoons at Princeton Day School. Offering language and cultural classes for over 30 years.

3. YingHua Language School
www.yinghua.org
(609) 530-0399
YHLS is the only community-based language school accredited by CSS-MSA. Offering Chinese lessons and free on-campus tutor to 250+ both heritage speakers and non-Chinese speakers on Sunday afternoons at Rider University since 2002. YHLS teaches simplified Chinese and pinyin.



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Language Education, Specifically Mandarin

Rep Rush Holt (NJ 12th District) writes why foreign language education is important
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-rush-holt/why-foreign-language-educ_b_127588.html

Ambassador John Huntsman (former Gov of Utah) discusses the importance of young Americans learning Mandarin
http://asiasociety.org/video/education-learning/hon-jon-huntsman-languages-bridge-future

Asia Society on the needs for 21st Century Education
http://asiasociety.org/education-learning/policy-initiatives/national-initiatives/key-ingredient-missing-21st-century-educa

Overview of the National Strategic Language Initiative (NSLI)
http://www.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/competitiveness/nsli/nsli-faq.pdf

Initial NSLI Report from the on enhancing language proficiency in the U.S.
http://www.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/competitiveness/nsli/nsli-preliminary-results.pdf

"What Business Wants" - Report from the Language Flagship
http://www.thelanguageflagship.org/images/documents/what_business_wants_report_final_7_09.pdf


Language Immersion

Frequently Asked Questions about Two Way Immersion (TWI) answerd by the Center for Applied Linquistics
http://www.cal.org/twi/faq.htm

Excerpt from "Pathways to Multilingualism: Evolving Perspectives on Immersion Education"
http://books.google.com/books/multilingual_matters?id=8-m18W6zTK0C&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_v2_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q=&f=false

What Parents Want to Know About Foreign Language Immersion Programs
http://www.cal.org/resources/digest/0304fortune.html


Inquiry-based Learning

How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1568480-3,00.html


Other Immersion Schools in the U.S.

Chinese American International School (San Francisco, CA)
Founded in 1981, CAIS is one of the earliest and most successful privately run Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion programs in the U.S.
http://www.cais.org/

Starr King Elementary (San Francisco, CA)
A public Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion school started in 2006.
http://www.starrkingschool.org/programs/mandarin-immersion/

Minnetonka PS 276 (Minnetonka, MN)
This public school immersion program started in 2007 offering a choice of Mandarin or Spanish Language Immersion.
http://www.minnetonka.k12.mn.us/ACADEMICS/IMMERSION/Pages/default.aspx

Woodstock Elementary (Portland, OR)
The Elementary School Mandarin Immersion Program is part of the K-12 Flagship Program between the Portland Public Schools and te University of Oregon.
http://casls.uoregon.edu/ppsflagship/en/elementary.php

Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (Hadley, MA)
The first Language Immersion Charter school in Massachusetts, started in 2007.
http://www.pvcics.org/ A related article about the Massachusetts BoE approval of the PVCICS Charter application.
http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2007/02/27/state_poised_to_ok_school_for_chinese_immersion/

ShuRen International School (Berkley, CA)
A private elementary school founded in 2008 pursuing Chinese Immersion and an International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum.
http://www.shureninternationalschool.com/

The Yinghua Acadamy (Minneapolis, MN)
The first Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion Charter School in the United States and the first Mandarin Immersion School in the Midwest.
http://www.yinghuaacademy.org/

Yu Ying Charter School (Washington, DC)
A public charter Chinese Language Immersion elementary school with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum.
http://www.washingtonyuying.org/

The Global Village Academy (Aurora, CO)
A public charter language immersion school offering both Mandarin and Spanish Immersion programs for K-8.
http://www.globalvillageacademy.org/

The YingHua International School (Princeton, NJ)
Founded in 2007, YHIS is the only Chinese Language Immersion School in the greater Princeton area and has a International Baccalaureate based curriculum.
http://www.yhis.org

XinXing Academy (Hopkins, MN)
A public school Chinese Language Immersion Program
http://www.hopkins.k12.mn.us/schools/xinxing-academy