Dutchtown ElementaryHome of the World Languages Elementary SchoolMandarin Chinese Program
Henry County Schools is proud to share that Dutchtown Elementary launched a Mandarin Chinese Dual Immersion Program in the 2013-2014 school year. The initial year saw students in Kindergarten enrolled into the program. Each year the school added an additional grade level, until there was a Mandarin Chinese classroom on each grade level. The students engaged in the program learned the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards and the Georgia Performance Standards for the appropriate subjects. The classes were instructed differently for Math and Science where instruction was given in Mandarin Chinese by a Chinese speaking teacher for four years. Instruction in English/Language Arts and Social Studies was delivered in English.
As our School District transitions to the Personalized Learning Model and Competency-Based Learning, in order to align the Mandarin Chinese Curriculum K-12 grades with the World Language Graduation Competencies, this school year 2017-2018, Henry County Schools is excited to announce the transition from Dual Language Immersion to a World Languages Elementary School Mandarin Chinese Program known as Content-Based FLES and focused on the Communicative Approach. The World Languages Department is committed to providing our Chinese students the opportunity to develop the highest levels of language proficiency while developing cultural competencies in order to prepare our students for Georgia's Seal of Biliteracy and International Skills Diploma Seal. Students graduating with the Seals will be assets to colleges, the workforce, and society and our Chinese students are excellent candidates for this outstanding opportunity.
Mandarin Chinese students K-12 will be provided with exceptional resources and tools to enhance learning including online resources and authentic resources. The World Languages Department is excited about the great progress our Mandarin Chinese students are making at Dutchtown Elementary School and are thankful for the amazing Chinese teachers who provide our students with elite World Languages Education.
What is the Goal for our Mandarin Chinese K-5 Students?
The goal is for the students to develop literacy skills in both English and the target language, Mandarin Chinese, while attaining academic achievement that is at or above their grade level as measured by the CRCT and assessments.Furthermore, students will develop a world cultural sensitivity. We strive to prepare Henry County Schools students academically, linguistically and socially for the challenges and needs of our global community in the 21st Century.
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