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Students in International Multilingual Communities

Dayton Regional STEM SchoolDayton Regional STEM School, (Kettering, OH). Dayton Regional STEM School offers students two years of Chinese as their foreign language in 9th and 10th grades, with an option for college credit. After two years, students may opt to take one or two years of Spanish or continue with Chinese. The foreign languages instructional approach encompasses world-readiness standards developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Through project-based learning, students lead activities for a local Chinese elderly club in Chinese and perform a dragon dance at the local Chinese New Year’s party. Students also communicate with high school students in Taiwan through an online blog and video chat to learn about each other’s cultures first-hand. Spanish students write letters in Spanish and send hygienic products to a mission for Mexican women who have experienced domestic violence. By participating in multilingual communities in the real world, students build language skills and cultural competence. Students learn to apply their foreign language skills and cultural understandings to future careers and experiences.

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