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The Case for Teaching Mandarin Chinese in HISD

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Houston ISD Trustee Harvin Moore explains the case for opening a full school, dual language immersion program in Mandarin Chinese, to join HISD's highly successful Spanish dual language programs.

Houston ISD Trustee Harvin Moore explains the case for opening a full school, dual language immersion program in Mandarin Chinese, to join HISD's highly successful Spanish dual language programs.

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  • These are approximations of US grades. Multiple sources: Pufahl, Ingrid, Rhodes, Nancy C., and Christian, Donna. 2002. Foreign Language Teaching: What the United States Can Learn From Other Countries . Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education. Li, Minglin. 2007. Foreign Language Education in Primary Schools in the People’s Republic of China. Current Issues in Language Planning , vol.8, no. 2, pp. 148-161. Goto Butler, Yuko. 2007. Foreign Language Education at Elementary Schools in Japan: Searching for Solutions Amidst Growing Diversification. Current Issues in Language Planning , vol.8, no.2, 2007.pp. 129 – 147. Gargesh, Ravinder. 2006. Language Issues in the Context of Higher Education in India . PowerPoint presentation given at the Language Issues in English Medium Universities Across Asia Symposium at University of Hong Kong, June, 2006. Available online, March 10, 2009: www.hku.hk/clear/doc/DAY%201/Ravinder%20Gargesh.PPT. Eurydice. 2005. Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe . Eurydice: Brussels, Belgium. Russia-InfoCenter. 2006. General Education. Available online, March 11, 2009: http://www.russia-ic.com/education_science/education/system/103/ Dixon, L. Quentin. 2003. The Bilingual Education Policy in Singapore: Implications for Second Language Acquisition. Paper presented at the Annual International Symposium of Bilingualism, (Tempe Arizona, April 30-May3, 2003). Available online March 11, 2009: http://eric.ed.gov/ERICDocs/data/ericdocs2sql/content_storage_01/0000019b/80/1b/2d/e8.pdf
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  • 1. The Case for Teaching Mandarin Chinese in HISD
    • Remarks of Harvin C. Moore
    • Trustee
    • Houston Independent School District
    • At a Luncheon to Discuss a Proposed Full School Dual Language Mandarin Chinese School Opening Fall 2012
    • December 2, 2011
  • 2.  
  • 3. 20 of the Top 24 Industrialized Countries Begin the Study of a World Language in Grades K-5 Sources: Pufahl, Rhodes, & Christian, 2002; Li, 2007; Goto Butler, 2007; Gargesh, 2006; Eurydice, 2005; Russia-InfoCenter, 2006; Dixon, 2003 Slide used with permission, courtesy Shuhan C. Wang, Ph.D., Deputy Director, National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland Lower Elementary School Upper Elementary School Middle School High School Beginning Age 5-7 8-10 11-13 14 Grade K-2 3-5 6-8 9 Number of Countries 8 12 3 1* (US)
  • 4. Only 12 US States Require the Study of World Languages Source: National World Language Education Survey: A State of the States Report in 2009 (Wang, Evans, & Liau, 2009) Slide used with permission, courtesy Shuhan C. Wang, Ph.D., Deputy Director, National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland School Level Number of States Elementary 1 Middle School 1 High School Graduation 6 Elementary & Middle School 1 Elementary, M.S. and H.S. 3
  • 5. Portion of World Population Using Two or More Languages Source: Crystal, 1997. Slide used with permission, courtesy Shuhan C. Wang, Ph.D., Deputy Director, National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland
  • 6. Second Language Study Benefits Academic Progress in Other Subjects
    • Curtain & Dahlberg 2004
    • Dumas 1999
    • Armstrong & Rogers 1997
    • Saunders 1998
    • Masciantonio 1977
    • Rafferty 1986
    • Andrade 1989
    • Kretschmer & Kretschmer 1989
    • Eaton 1994
    • Saville-Troike 1984
    • Diaz 1983
    • Caldas & Boudreaux 1999
    • Thomas, Collier & Abbott 1993
    • Lopata 1963
    • Lemberger 1990
    • Carpenter & Torney 1974
    • Garfinkel & Tabor 1991
    • Andrade, Kretschmer & Kretschmer 1989
    • Holobow 1988
    • Lapkin, et al 1990
    • Ratte 1968
    • Haakuta 1986
    • Cummins 1981
    • Landry 1973
    • Bialystok & Hakuta 1994
    • Fuchsen 1989
    • Bruck, Lambert, Tucker 1974
    • Weatherford 1986
    • Cooper 1987
    • Eddy 1981
    • Horn & Kojaku 2001
    • Grosse 2004
    • Bastian 1980
    Full bibliography of these studies can be found at http:// www.umaine.edu/flame/BenefitsofSecondLanguage.pdf
  • 7. Second Language Study Narrows Achievement Gaps
    • “ Children of color , children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and English Language Learners make the greatest proportional achievement gains from foreign language study.”
    • -Curtain & Dahlberg 2004
    Photo: Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School
  • 8.  
  • 9. Foreign Language Ability is key to our National Interests
    • “A pervasive lack of knowledge about foreign cultures and foreign languages threatens the security of the United States as well as its ability to compete in the global marketplace and produce an informed citizenry.”
    • -National Research Council, 2007
  • 10. Slide used with permission, courtesy Shuhan C. Wang, Ph.D., Deputy Director, National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland
  • 11. Source: U. S. Department of Commerce, Graphic by the US-China Business Council, 2011 2 nd only to CA ($12B)
  • 12. Future International Trade Leader (today a sidewalk writer) Slide used with permission, courtesy Shuhan C. Wang, Ph.D., Deputy Director, National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland
  • 13. They’re coming… Graphic from “Many Rich Chinese Consider Leaving” by Jeremy Page, Wall Street Journal, November 2, 2011 … will they come to Houston?
  • 14.