About Immersion

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions regarding Mandarin Immersion

Why Immersion?
There is no other type of instruction, short of living in a second-language environment, that is as successful as a language immersion program to help students attain high levels of second language proficiency and well-developed cultural skills.

What are the benefits of immersion?
Students achieve dual language proficiency in English and Mandarin while developing high-level academic skills. Students develop respect and appreciation for other cultures, and experience working and playing in multicultural settings. Biliteracy gives students the options for careers requiring multingual skills and helps develop strong thinking and reasoning skills useful for problem-solving in math and science.

How much Mandarin is taught each day?
Fletcher uses the 50/50 model so that 50% of the school day is taught in English and 50% in Mandarin.

Does Fletcher teach simplified or traditional characters? Do you teach Taiwanese phonetics (ZhuYin) or Pinyin?
Fletcher currently teaches simplified characters. Pinyin is introduced in the later grades.

How will I help my child learn Mandarin if I don’t speak it myself?
Many of our parents are not Mandarin speakers, however there are a number of resources available to families. This website offers some suggestions and teachers are able to provide plenty of support to families. Fletcher uses the Better Chinese curriculum which has an online component to help families support their student.

Will my student receive the same content as English-only classrooms? What about Common Core?
Mandarin Immersion students learn the same content as English-only classes. All aspects of district and state required curriculum are taught in the immersion classroom.

How will my students score on standardized tests?
Multiple studies show that bilingual students and students learning more than one language tend to score higher on standardized assessments than their monolingual peers.