IMMERSION—Chinese language teacher Helen Yap, center, uses hand signs along with phrases and words to help fifth-graders in Enid Miller’s Red Oak Elementary class learn faster. At left is Lin Guo, owner of Zen Garden, a Chinese restaurant in Oak Park. The students visited the restaurant to try out their language skills.
Authentic learning, a Common Core State Standards component, was in full swing at Red Oak Elementary School last month as fifth-grade students received a real-world l...
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