“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” -Chinese Proverb
Our students are inquirers, thinkers, communicators, knowledgeable and risk-takers. At HIS, our Mandarin program offers a challenging, engaging and exciting curriculum for both native Chinese and nonnative Chinese learners at a variety of levels to suit their needs.
Our students and teachers in Mandarin work closely with the homerooms across the grade levels to provide connections to both literacy and inquiry. Students undertake a variety of investigations outside the classroom and then return to build on and make deeper meaning of what they have observed. By embedding Mandarin learning in authentic and meaningful situations, the children are developing into more confident and competent Mandarin speakers and listeners.
We recognize that children use language as a vehicle for inquiry, self-expression and for the communication of ideas. Thoughtful, reflective communicators are able to understand, comprehend and appreciate the world around them. It is through the use of language that children develop responsible attitudes and take appropriate action in order to make a difference in the world.
The ability to communicate in more than one language allows students to participate more fully in their community and in the greater global community, and as Mandarin is the host language in China, we are proud to see our students engaging with the Mandarin curriculum and putting it to use in a variety of ways.