Long Term Goal: CAIS students achieve Chinese proficiency levels that enable them to engage with confidence in interesting and meaningful classroom projects and in real-life situations, while simultaneously developing competencies that extend far beyond language learning.
Key Strategy: We will leverage time, staffing, and impactful pedagogy to achieve greater student engagement and proficiency in Chinese.
Key Strategy: We will focus on innovative approaches to immersion aimed at intentionally cultivating cognitive, character, and intercultural competencies—this is the “CAIS Immersion Bonus.”
Rationale: In order for students to engage in interesting and meaningful work in another language, they must develop requisite levels of proficiency and experience feelings of success. Likewise, in order for them to sustain their motivation and achieve high levels of proficiency, the work they do must be interesting and meaningful to them. Beyond language achievement, immersion in Chinese language and culture should be a vehicle to develop students’ problem solving and meaning-making skills as well as foster perseverance, humility, curiosity, empathy, connection to others, and a true appreciation of difference.