K-12 Mandarin & World Language Paths
A Guide for Multilingual Learning at Taipei American School
At Taipei American School, we are committed to upholding the ideals of our mission: helping students on their path to lifelong learning, maximizing their personal well-being, and being of service to others. We also are committed to combining the best of a broad-American based curriculum with a global perspective.
And nowhere is this commitment more evident than in our Mandarin Chinese and world language program.
Each day, we celebrate linguistic diversity at Taipei American School through our robust K-12 Mandarin and world language programs. Delve into an enriching journey that immerses students in authentic language experiences, while fostering global understanding from an early age.
Becoming multilingual is the key to building new skills, making connections between curricular areas, and developing as an active, engaged learner. To support this, TAS offers a comprehensive world language program — including a heavy emphasis on Mandarin Chinese — from grades Kindergarten through Grade 12, designed to support students of all proficiency levels.
Taipei American School is not a true "bilingual" school, nor is it in our school's strategic vision or mission to provide that experience for our Tigers.
But we are deeply and thoroughly committed to encouraging and developing our students' global perspectives and multilingual aspirations!
In this diverse and interconnected world, our focus remains on equipping Tigers with the linguistic skills and cultural understanding that empower them to excel anywhere they choose.
Our language of instruction is English, and students of all proficiency levels learn to develop and strengthen their skills.
Whether a student is a native speaker or learning English at TAS, we strive for excellence in written and spoken expression, and guide students through deeper language comprehension and analysis.
Students in all grades receive an additional language of instruction, and as part of their studies, students learn to understand, appreciate, and respect the studied cultures, and apply this same approach to other cultures and civilizations around the world.
A strong language at home is critical for success in the classroom, and we support our families as they work to develop their child's first and/or home language skills.
First language proficiency supports new language development, and TAS believes it is essential that parents maintain and develop students' home language(s).
We offer individual consultations, group sessions, and numerous resources for parents who are balancing the development of their child's academic English with their home language.
Our approach to language learning is designed to be both enjoyable and meaningful, fostering a sense of accomplishment in students. We believe that success in language learning is achieved through effective communication, rather than a sole focus on providing a single correct answer. Language fluency is a gradual process that requires years of reinforcement and practice, with accuracy in linguistic forms naturally developing over time.
Middle School World Language Team
Every Lower School student receives approximately 6,300 minutes of instruction each year in Mandarin - not including homework or contact time in the language with their family, TAs and other educational professionals.
There are 20 employees dedicated to supporting the Lower School Mandarin program, including teachers, librarians, coordinators and assistants.
The Middle School and Upper School are supported by 15 Mandarin teachers and 9 World Language teachers to assist in the linguistic development of our students.
Director of Inclusion & Wellbeing
K-5 Mandarin Coordinator
KA-12 Chinese Library Head Librarian
The Upper School offered 20 different types of Mandarin classes last year to reach all levels of learners, including IB and AP courses.
The Upper School offered 11 different types of Spanish classes last year to reach all levels of learners, including IB and AP courses.
The Upper School offered 4 different Japanese classes last year, including an AP course.
The Upper School offered 11 different Greek & Latin classes last year, including IB and AP courses.
The Middle School offered 3 different Spanish classes last year, one for each grade level.
The Middle School offered 5 different Mandarin classes over the three middle school grades, including a beginner and Heritage track.
The Middle School offered 3 different Greek & Latin classes last year, one for each grade level.