By SARA PLUMMER World Staff WriterPublished: 8/21/2009
Jenks Public Schools has been awarded a $1.5 million federal grant to fund a Chinese language immersion program, the first in Oklahoma. The program, called the Chinese Initiative, will create a partial immersion program at Southeast Elementary which serves prekindergarten through fourth grade students, according to a news release from the school district. The program will roll out in five years and serve one class in each grade. Students who participate will spend half the school day in Chinese instruction with native Chinese teachers and the other half with English-speaking teachers. Professional development and training for existing teachers is included in the grant as well as training and certification for Chinese speaking teachers. The Foreign Language Assistance Program grant is funded through the U.S. Department of Education.
By SARA PLUMMER World Staff Writer