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To provide students with an authentic learning experience, nearly 100 students in Fridley High School’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Chinese program attended a field trip to deepen their understanding of Chinese culture. Students visited the Phalen Regional Park Chinese Garden in St. Paul, where they observed traditional architecture and structural engineering. In addition, students ate at a Chinese restaurant, learning about authentic flavors, table manners and etiquette. Students also visited Asian grocery store United Noodle to apply what they’ve learned about Chinese numbers and monetary units in a fun and unique real-world lesson.
According to Chinese language teacher Hsiao-hsuan Huang, true learning expands beyond the classroom. “I always think of language as life, and life experiences are the content of language,” said Huang. “We want to offer students more opportunities to explore and enrich their lives. Using exploration of different cultural experiences, we can support students by allowing them to open their minds, deepen their self-identity, and understand and respect others’ differences.”
As an International Baccalaureate World School district, learning an additional language, as well as increasing proficiency in mother tongue, is encouraged as it contributes to the holistic development of students. At Fridley Public Schools, students begin learning a second language in kindergarten as part of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) at Hayes or Stevenson Elementary Schools, both International Baccalaureate World Schools. Students continue their language acquisition through the Middle Years Programme (MYP) at Fridley Middle School and grades 9-10 at Fridley High School. As juniors and seniors, students can choose to continue their language studies in Diploma Programme Language Acquisition classes.