The first group of Chinese immersion students are entering high school in Provo, Utah. When they graduate they will be a few credits shy of a minor in the language.
Bob Tsai’s Chinese dual immersion class are current eighth graders. They are the first set of Chinese dual language immersion students in the Provo City School District. Once they enter high school, they can take the Advanced Placement language test and accumulate college credits.
“We are really excited to have them move on,” said Jamie Leite, the instructional coach for dual language immersion in Provo City School District, She is the director of the state’s Portuguese dual language immersion program. “This group of children and parents are incredibly committed to Chinese dual language immersion.”
In Provo, dual language immersion is available in French, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Beginning in first grade, students spend half the day speaking in the foreign language and the other half learning in English. They have different teachers and classrooms for each language.