Research indicates that children are at an optimal age for language learning. Some studies suggest that the human brain is more open to language learning from birth to preadolescence. Early language learners have the ability to develop native-like pronunciation. While learners of all ages are capable of developing bilingual skills, young learners have an edge when it comes to pronunciation. Click here to read New York Times article about language learning in an immersion setting.
We believe that our students' ability to read, write, speak and understand two languages, as well as their insight into the interconnectedness of cultures, will offer them enhanced school, career and life opportunities.
In our shrinking world the need to speak languages other than English is undeniable. In addition to the practical benefits of speaking other languages for employment and travel, knowledge of another language opens the door to other cultures and different ways of viewing the world we share. We are committed to promoting oral and written fluency while exposing students to the history and cultures and traditions of China.
Our teachers use a dynamic approach which incorporates a broad array of materials including up-to-date texts and workbooks, classic and contemporary literature, films, documentaries, technology and methods including pair and small group work, games, student-led classes, student presentations, skits and role plays, research projects and community resources which deliberately target all learning styles. See video below to get a glimpse of our teachers at CAIS.
CAIS is in the unique position of being a leader in developing Pre-K through eighth grade language immersion education. We have developed a curriculum and process that works. Our curriculum and methodology accommodates the fact that a significant portion of our student population does not speak and has no access to Mandarin at home.
We offer many levels of support for our families and students to ensure their success and will be happy to discuss these with you as you learn more about our school.