In September 2010, Broadway launched a Mandarin and English Dual-Language Immersion Program with two full classes of Kindergarten students. LAUSD Principal, Susan Wang, and a group of interested parents had been working together since the Fall of 2009 to make this happen. The program quickly became so overwhelmingly popular that the program expanded to four Kindergarten Mandarin Immersion classes for the 2011-12 school year.
The immersion program is designed so that students achieve academic proficiency in both English and Mandarin and become bilingual, bicultural and biliterate.
To facilitate that students become bilingual, bicultural, and biliterate, the program offers:
- Language fluency in both English and Mandarin
- Rigorous academic instruction
- Cultural awareness and appreciation
- Nurturing, supportive learning environment
Broadway’s Mandarin Immersion Program implements the 50/50 model. The instruction is 50% in English and 50% in Mandarin. Each classroom consists of students who are fluent in either Mandarin or English and they serve as each other’s language models.
LAUSD is working to establish pipelines in the Venice area to offer students graduating from Broadway’s Mandarin Immersion Program the opportunity to attend a local middle school with a dual language program to further their study in Mandarin. Our local senior high school, Venice High School, has a foreign languages magnet which offers Mandarin Chinese as one of its eight languages.