a series of programs under the umbrella of sister school partnerships.
With the expansion of Chinese immersion programs in the U.S., there has been an increasing need for schools housing such programs to build up relationships with their counterparts in China.
To satisfy such a need, we develop a series of programs under the umbrella of sister school partnerships. For example, students in a given Chinese immersion program will each be paired up with a student of the same age at their Chinese sister school. Depending on studnets' grade level and classroom schedules, we can organize activities such as weekly pen-pal or e-pal exchanges, yearbook trading, photo exchange, culture box exchange and display, holiday and festival exchange, country collage, etc.
These are great ways to help motivate students to learn Chinese, to hear Chinese spoken in authentic contexts and to practice their own Chinese with peers of a similar age. What is more important is the cross-cultural communication ability, intercultural awareness, and tolerance for differences built acquired in this process.