Greetings from the staff of CELIN
at Asia Society! As the summer is approaching its end, educators, students, and parents are gearing up for a new academic year. We have developed several new features designed to help you to be prepared for the beginning of the school year. We hope you find them useful. –Shuhan Wang and Joy Peyton
Ask the Experts
We have launched a new section on the CELIN web pages, in which key questions in the field of Chinese language and culture education are asked and experts working in the field respond.
What assessments and assessment rubrics can we use to assess the language proficiency of young learners of Chinese?
Duarte Silva (Executive Director of the California World Language Project at Stanford University) asked this question on behalf of educators working with students in grades K–3 in a Chinese immersion program in Palo Alto, California. Read his question and responses from experts in the field at Ask the Experts
. We hope that this section will provide a forum for our readers to engage in discussion of many topics that are important in our field. What topics do you care about? Let us know, and we’ll ask the experts!
What can I do to support my child in a Chinese immersion program?
Ten years ago, Elizabeth Weise, a science reporter with USA Today
who has studied Chinese and traveled and worked in China, sent her daughter to a Mandarin immersion program in California and immediately found that she needed more knowledge and resources in order to connect with the program and help her daughter be successful. These two publications give important guidance for parents, based on her years of experience: A book, A Parent’s Guide to Mandarin Immersion
, and a list of Resources for Parents with Children in Mandarin Immersion Programs
. Information about both of these can be found at Resources for Parents