At the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, one of our main objectives in teaching foreign languages is for students to engage, on a deep, intellectual, and personal level, in new ways of seeing, thinking, interacting, and communicating. In order for this objective to be realized, students must encounter a communicative system and cultural perspectives different from their own. It is essential for our students' growth that they engage in immersion-based learning experiences where they are supported in going beyond normal comfort levels, and where they learn to function within a system that is unfamiliar to them, thereby developing real-world proficiency in another language and in other cultures.

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Autorretratos en la Clase de Español (Self-Portraits in the Spanish Classroom), Jose M. Palos

Conference Papers/Presentations

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From Chang-e to Xiaomi, Teaching Culture in “90% Plus” Chinese Classrooms, Yinshun Wang

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Maximizing Communicative Competency in a Classroom, Yinshun Wang