Hadley school takes innovative approach to teaching Chinese language

Children process the language themselves instead of learning through translation.

HADLEY -- At the start of his sixth-grade year, Maxwell Balkema sat silent and confused for two hours a day as a teacher spoke Chinese to him and other classmates who did not know a word of the language.

How quickly things change. By the end of his first year at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School he understood a lot of what was once incoherent babble and...

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