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Friday
Oct162015

Language Immersion - The Where

Updated on September 20, 2017 by Registered CommenterResearchMama

This updated list shows the various language immersion programs in the greater Portland area current as of September 2017. It originally followed Language Immersion – The What, Why and When, which offers a basic overview of language immersion.  The list below includes schools that support true immersion to varying degrees, as well as after-school or weekend programs.  Note that we didn’t list separate preschool immersion programs (although there are plenty out there).

If you’ve heard of any programs not on our list, please leave a comment with information.  All schools or programs listed below are in Portland, unless otherwise noted:

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Wednesday
May252011

Woodstock -- Mandarin Immersion Program 

Woodstock Elementary is a neighborhood school in SE Portland that also contains the only elementary Mandarin immersion program in the Portland Public School district. As part of the Oregon Chinese Flagship, Woodstock provides the first six years of a program that escorts learners of the language all the way through their senior year at the University of Oregon. The school offers 50/50 immersion, meaning half of the day is taught in Mandarin and the other half are taught in English.

The school holds tours the first Tuesday of every month, and I’d strongly urge anyone considering an immersion program for their child to attend early on in the school research process. My tour guide was a parent of two students enrolled in the program who helped me understand just how much commitment and focus is required to learn this complex and confusing language, and exactly why it’s not a good fit for every child.

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