The Chinese Immersion Excellence Program has been offered at MacGregor State High School since 2018. This is an exciting opportunity for families who wish to provide a quality international oriented education in a supportive multicultural environment. If you have a passion to achieve personal goals, a strong sense of purpose and commitment, if you are aspirational and motivated to position yourself well for future opportunities, then you are eligible to apply to study this Excellence Program.
Students engage in the study of Chinese Language, Science and Maths in Mandarin Chinese. The Program extends from Year 7 to 10, with a graduated reduction in English usage over the period of the course. The curriculum across these subjects incorporates languages, academic and cultural studies. Diversification of the program occurs in accordance with our student's abilities and pathways. Program participants also study English and Humanities as core subjects in the mainstream curriculum and make elective choices in fields such as the Arts, Sport and Music.
Our Junior Secondary Chinese Immersion Program leads to pathways in Language study in the senior school which is pitched at an advanced level of study. By the end of Year 12, students will be expected to be at a high level of fluency with prerequisites gained to enter into accelerated studies at tertiary level.
Excursions and cultural experiences are planned locally throughout the year to engage students in activities to supplement their learning about food and culture and to enhance language competencies.
Internationally, partnerships have been established with schools in China and Taiwan. Chinese Immersion students have been involved in the online face to face Global Learning Project with students at Yuteh Private Bilingual School in Taipei, Taiwan. Of significant long-term value is the close sister-school relationship between MacGregor State High School and the Shanghai No. 4 Middle School Attached to Shanghai Normal University. MacGregor State High School has hosted several study tours with many of our students participating as buddies and homestays. Immersion students are offered the opportunity to participate in study tours and short exchanges to Mandarin speaking areas.
Chinese is just the medium, and the target – but not defining the content. That is, the culture of the classroom is of the Queensland style of delivery with local content. Students in the Chinese Immersion Excellence Program are also offered opportunities to sit external exams such as the HSK tests and participate in language competitions.
Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is an internationally recognised approach to teaching a language and a subject simultaneously. Immersion teachers at MacGregor State High School actively participate in professional development with universities to develop and extend their pedagogy.
Language learning better positions our students in the rapidly changing global marketplace
The world is a language rich place. With 94 percent of the world's population currently speaking a language other than English, studying another language positions MacGregor High students as responsible 21st century citizens to be able to manage sensitive and effective communication and transfer knowledge across languages and cultures. Our language learners view the world from a wider perspective as they have a better understanding and value of their own culture as well as the cultures of other people.
Immersion or bilingual programs are highly recognised globally. Recent studies in teaching subject areas such as Maths in a 'foreign language' show that grades have a strong positive impact on exam results across curriculum areas – Learning maths in foreign language 'boosts MFL grades'
Researchers worldwide are tracking students in bilingual or immersion programs with encouraging results. One such example if the affect that dual-language learning is having on a child's brain and the correlation to neuroscience – Brain Benefits of Bilingualism
We invite you to learn more about our Chinese Immersion Program
The ability to learn language through content areas and to develop cultural competencies through dedicated and passionate teaching and learning is a valuable and life-changing opportunity for motivated and aspirational students. Strong friendships are formed and networks are created for life. Families who participate in this program realise the importance of these skills for future employability and engagement in the Asia-Pacific and beyond. Additionally, immersion students are able to learn more about their own language whilst studying subjects in another language, clearly developing confidence and having benefits across the curriculum.
Mrs Gail Bligh
Head of Department, International Programs and Languages
Phone: 07 3347 3555
学生们从7年级开始通过普通话学习汉语，科学和数学。 该计划从7年级扩展到10年级，并且在整个课程期间逐步减少了英语使用量。 这些学科的课程包括语言，学术和文化研究。 该计划的多样化取决与学生的能力的衔接。 本计划的学生的核心课程 (英文和人文科学)， 还有兴趣科目例如：艺术，体育和音乐等领域将会在主流班上课。
请参见: Learning maths in foreign language 'boosts MFL grades'
全球研究人员在追踪研究双语或浸入式课程的学生，发现了令人鼓舞的结果。 其中一个例子：双语学习对孩子的大脑产生影响以及与神经科学的相关性，请参见 Brain Benefits of Bilingualism
Mrs Gail Bligh
Phone: 07 3347 3555
Chinese Immersion class at the RD Milns Antiquities Museum, University of Queensland
Sunnybank Food & Culture Discovery Excursion