Archive for July 2015

HWIS Summer Camp featured in China Daily

From China Daily: At Mandarin summer camp, finding the right engaging themes is critical. This summer at the Hudsonway Immersion School, teachers had to come up with themes that appeal to nearly 60 kids ranging in age from two to 12. They decided on class adventures to the Mandarin-speaking world. With the teacher acting as…

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HWIS Summer Camp: Week 2 in Review

During Week 2 of Summer Camp, HWIS campers took classroom adventures to Shanghai and Puerto Rico! Spanish students enjoyed making (and eating!) plantains and a traditional Puerto Rican shaved ice dessert called piraguas. They explored Puerto Rico through art and song and read stories like Diez Patitos de Goma (10 Little Rubber Ducks). Mandarin students learned about the…

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HWIS Summer Camp kicks off

Summer Camp kicked off this past week with classroom adventures to Beijing and Costa Rica! HWIS campers deepened their language skills, as they explored these regions through art, architecture, food, music, and dance. Mandarin students cooked dumplings and designed masks, while Spanish students rolled up their sleeves to make delicious empanadillas and arroz con leche.…

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Why can Palo Alto grade schoolers read Mandarin better than students in AP Chinese classes?

From Stanford University: Two studies show immersion students achieve proficiency in Mandarin without falling behind in other subjects. Stanford Graduate School of Education researchers found that 4th and 5th graders in a Palo Alto, Calif., Mandarin immersion program attained a level of linguistic competency comparable with that of nearby high schoolers completing the 4th and 5th…

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