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Hadley Charter School to Present at ACTFL National Conference (November 17, 2016)

Hadley Charter School to Present at

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) National Conference in Boston


Sharing Best Practices on Assessing Chinese Language Proficiency





Hadley, Mass—November 17, 2016— Kathleen Wang, Principal of the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (PVCICS), HsiuWen Hsieh, Director of Education, and Hsinpei Normand, Chinese immersion teacher, will be a featured speakers at the prestigious 2016 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston.  The expo is presented by The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) from November 18th through November 20th at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The team from PVCICS will present an educational session on how best to assess Chinese language proficiency in K-12 students studying the language.


Over 6,000 language educators from around the world, representing all languages and levels, will come together at the expo.  The goal is to help these teachers continue to develop and hone their teaching skills in addition to exposing them to different styles and methods of teaching and emerging trends that impact teaching foreign language


“We are pleased to have been selected to present our best practices at this conference,” said Wang.  “It is vital that educators stay current in both their knowledge and teaching methods.  We have an innovative and high performing Chinese program here at PVCICS.  I look forward to sharing our knowledge, and the experiences we’ve had here teaching Mandarin Chinese, in order to help teachers from around the globe continue to hone their skills.”


In an exciting development, representatives from schools in Beijing, Shanghai, and Taiwan are planning visits to PVCICS after the expo.  This will provide opportunities for all to share ideas and explore opportunities for collaborations.  Several of these schools offer English immersion programs to native Chinese speakers.  Chinese native speaking students enrolled in English immersion programs are typically preparing to go to college in an English speaking country, like the United States.


PVCICS serves students in grades K-12 and offers an innovative, language immersion program. As kindergarteners, they spend 75% of their school day being taught different subjects in in Mandarin Chinese.  When they are in high school, 25% of the day is spent in Chinese courses with the rest of the day in English. This allows students to acquire the language naturally over a sustained period of time and thus achieve high level of proficiency. PVCICS’s high school is an “International Baccalaureate (IB) for All” program, so all 11th and 12th graders are enrolled in internationally recognized IB courses.  



Saturday, November 19th


Westin Waterfront

Commonwealth Ballroom B


For more information or to schedule a visit to PVCICS, please contact:

Darcie Fisher

Ellis Strategies, Inc. | 774-281-3506


About the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School

Chartered by the Massachusetts Department of Education in 2007, the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (PVCICS) is a tuition-free, regional K-12 public charter school in Hadley, Massachusetts, that prepares students for academic and personal success through rigorous study in English and Mandarin Chinese. The school's goal is to graduate students with excellent scholarship, high proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and English, and sensitivity to multiple cultures. PVCICS is an International Baccalaureate World School offering the IB Diploma Programme.