Secondary Chinese Immersion XinXing@HHS

 

XinXing @ HHS is the third and final installment of the XinXing Chinese immersion program at Hopkins Public Schools. The start of the 2017-18 school year was a milestone year for the immersion program, as it expanded to Hopkins High School.

Started in the fall of 2007 with two sections of kindergarten, XinXing is now a robust Chinese immersion program serving 450 students in kindergarten through 11th-grade. Each year the program has added a grade level, with the intention of serving all grades, kindergarten through 12th-grade by Fall 2019. 

Curriculum

Our high school track for XinXing students challenges students to successfully complete 3rd year college-level coursework in Chinese through the University of Minnesota's College in the Schools Program, giving them a head-start to earning a minor or major in Chinese at the college level and preparing them to use their Chinese in future travel and careers.

Grade 10

College in the Schools 3022 (XinXing Chinese 4) is a University of Minnesota college courses that develops students' language and cultural proficiency into the advanced levels through the study of current events, contemporary culture and society, history, and literature. Advanced language study is strongly recommended for college-bound students. Students who successfully complete the XinXing high school course series will be prepared to place into advanced Chinese courses in college, and will be well on their way to a major or minor in Chinese.

Grades 11 and 12

College in the Schools Chinese 3031-3032 (XinXing Chinese 5 and 6) are third-year University of Minnesota college courses that develop students' language and culture proficiency into the advanced levels through the study of current events, contemporary culture and society, history, and literature. 

  • These courses earn four University of Minnesota credits each. 
  • Students can apply to transfer their University of Minnesota credits to other colleges/universities. Colleges and universities with a Chinese program will typically require students to take a placement test in order to receive college credit for previous language study. These tests also determine an appropriate continuation course for completing a minor or major in Chinese. 
  • ProPEL is offered for students who have an advanced knowledge in a field of study and provide an opportunity to work in a professional setting with a mentor in their chosen field—Students can request mentors who are Chinese or speak Chinese and use their Chinese in their work.
  • Community involvement (social studies elective) provides students an opportunity to do service projects at XinXing Academy or XinXing @ West, or other community organizations where students could use their Chinese skills. 

Preparing for post-high school success

At Hopkins, we believe the ability to communicate effectively in more than one language is an important skill in today's world. Mastering another language strengthens communications skills, enhances cognitive skills, and increases the understanding of people and cultures. It also puts our students at an advantage over their peers who only speak one language, in that their career opportunities are greater and better prepares students for admission to college.

Using Chinese outside of the classroom

In the Community 
  • Community involvement elective- This is a social studies elective that is available in 11th- and 12th-grade and allows XinXing @ HHS students the opportunity to do service projects at XinXing Academy or XinXing @ West. Students are also allowed to work with other community organizations that use the Chinese language.
  • ProPEL- Students must apply to be in the ProPEL course. It is offered for students who have an advanced knowledge in a particular field of study and provides an opportunity for students to work in a professional setting with a mentor in their chosen field. Mentors could either be Chinese, speak Chinese, or use their Chinese in their work.
Abroad
  • NSLI-Youth- Study abroad for a summer, semester, or full school year with the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program. It is a federally-sponsored program that provides American students with intensive immersion experiences around the world. Students must apply for this program, which provides merit-based scholarships to high school students and recent high school graduates to study in overseas immersion programs. Learn more about the Mandarin Chinese opportunities.
  • University of Minnesota Confucius Institute- The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota has a scholarship program, which was established by Hanban/Confucius Institute to encourage students and Chinese language educators to study Chinese or conduct research regarding the language and culture in China. Learn more about scholarship opportunities to study in China with the Confucius Institute.

Check back as more options become available each year as the Chinese programs grow and expand across the country.

Questions?

Contact Molly Wieland, XinXing Coordinator, at Molly.Wieland@HopkinsSchools.org or call 952-988-4038.

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