Overview: Mandarin Program
The Mandarin Learner Track is for students who study Mandarin as an additional language. The goal of study is to develop students’ 4-skill competence with the focus of oral proficiency as a tool for meeting age-appropriate functional and informational needs, and set students on a course for more advanced Mandarin language study.
The Mandarin Heritage Track is for students whose first language (or strong additional language) is Mandarin. The goal of study is to develop and enhance students’ overall language proficiency, with the focus on reading and writing abilities and the building of literary foundation.
Our program uses Understanding by Design (UbD), a planning framework, to develop our curriculum. Unit topics, teaching materials, and activities are designed purposefully to prepare and coach students to achieve the expected learning outcomes, identified and set specifically for TAS students. Courses are offered based on language proficiency levels: Foundation, Grade Level, and Advanced.
All students in Grades K-5 receive Mandarin language instruction 9 out of 10 days.
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