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Dual Language (Chinese)

The Mandarin-English Dual Language Program at Glenwood Elementary is one of the first two dual language programs supported by Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Originally funded in part by a federal grant, both programs are now fully supported by the public school system. 

Dual language learning, sometimes called two-way immersion, provides both language and content area instruction in two target languages, in this case, Mandarin and English. At our school, half of the students' day is taught in English and half in Mandarin.  English and Chinese teachers collaborate and teach all the content areas which aligns with North Carolina Standard Course of Study  The goal of a dual language program is bi-literacy and bi-lingualism in both target languages. 

The Glenwood dual language program first started in the fall of 2002 and continues with great success. Currently, over 120 children in kindergarten through fifth grade are enrolled in the program.  Glenwood's program is open to all families in the school district, drawing students from diverse socioeconomic and racial backgrounds.

The Mandarin-English dual language program in Chapel Hill is one of a handful of Mandarin dual language programs in the country - a rarity in public school systems. Chapel Hill is fortunate to have this flagship program; learning Chinese language and culture at such a young age will undoubtedly serve these students well in a global society. Additionally, the program enhances cultural understanding and exchanges among Chinese and English speaking parents, educators, community leaders, and others living in the Raleigh-Durham area.

The Mandarin Chinese Dual Language program is administered at the district level. For more information click on this link, DL LINK.


Glenwood's 2012 Moon Festival Classroom Celebration
Read about Glenwood's recent Moon Festival celebration and watch a video of the children performing Moon Festival and fall songs.

Glenwood's Dual Language Program in the News
Produced by BBC for NewsNight. Originally broadcast in January 2011.