Many parents worry about plunging their children into an environment where the classroom teacher speaks to students in a language they don’t understand. Experience and research indicate that children have little problem jumping into a new language especially when their peers are navigating similar challenges. From birth to approximately 8 years of age, children’s brains are designed to acquire language rapidly and with native understanding and pronunciation.
VAIS’s immersion model takes advantage of this window of easy language acquisition. Our five years of experience shows that although being taught in Chinese will seem unusual to children for the first week or two, instruction in two languages quickly becomes the “norm." Also, while the Chinese teachers will speak to the children almost exclusively in Chinese, the children may speak to their teachers in English while they are getting comfortable with Chinese.