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On May 4, 2017, bills were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate for the award of the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the Chinese American veterans of World War II.
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The first-ever Chinese Garden in Minnesota opened officially to great international fanfare and a watery welcome on Sept. 18, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen.
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Chinese Americans continue to contribute
In the Twin Cities, there are many Chinese Americans who have contributed to the fabric of American society.

MN Disaggregation Of Ethnic Data

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Yinghua Academy is offering two sessions of FREE beginning conversational Chinese language classes for students from any Minnesota school currently enrolled in grades 6-8.  Funding for this program is through the Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) grant of the US Department of Education.

XinXing Academy students are leading the way in Minnesota. Every single student passed the Youth Chinese Test (YCT), an international standardized Chinese proficiency test administered by the Minnesota Confucius Institute on May 20, 2011.

By Jodi Yim James, Staff Writer

Kimerly Miller is an expert on Immersion Education. In Minnesota, there has been an average of one new Chinese Immersion program opening up each year in the last six years. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit with Ms. Miller about second language education and Minnesota Chinese Immersion programs.

Academy received US$99,979 from the National Foreign Language Center STARTALK Program to develop two Chinese immersion summer camp classes.  The two-week camps will feature a total immersion setting providing students with opportunities to learn key vocabulary and skills through activities in a fun, "hands-on," camp environment. Activities focus on the children's Chinese language practice process: interact with other students, express needs, and understand instructions. Students are divided by age group and prior language ability.  No prior foreign language experience is necessary. Contact the school for registration and need-based scholarship information. 

Academy, the first Chinese immersion charter school in the Midwest, has been awarded an US$811,765 Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant comes the same year the schools’ charter moved from a K-5 to a K-8 school, and the school moved into a new, larger location (the former Putnam School located in Northeast Minneapolis). “All three of these things come together to allow us to continue our strong program, right up through the 8th grade. The entire school community has been very excited about our move into the new building, and by receiving the FLAP grant, we are really positioned well to continue our outstanding program through middle school,” notes Betsy Lueth, Yinghua Academy’s director.

Chinese Immersion in the Minnetonka, MN School District

When the Minnetonka, MN schools began Mandarin Immersion in the schools in 2007 they knew there were many challenges ahead in starting a new language program. What they didn't know was just how fortunate they were to have a variety of rich technology tools already in place in all Kindergarten through grade five classrooms. Smartboards and other innovative technologies in the immersion classrooms are proving to be an incredible tool for accelerating student learning of their second language.

2008 International Conference on Immersion Education

 

Language immersion education has emerged as a uniquely constituted, highly effective program model for launching students on the road to bilingualism, multilingualism and intercultural competence. School-based immersion programs follow a variety of paths, including one-way foreign language immersion, two-way bilingual immersion, and indigenous immersion for language and culture revitalization. While each pathway targets distinct socio-cultural contexts and educational needs, all are grounded in a set of core characteristics with a strong focus on subject matter learning as well as language development.

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