A student learning Mandarin at Whispering Wind Academy

Category : Academics

Explore Mandarin Immersion at Whispering Wind Academy’s Information Night

Friday , November 08 , 2019

Explore the benefits of learning a world language at the Mandarin Information Night on Tuesday, November 19th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Library (get directions). During the event, there will be a short presentation, a Mandarin demonstration with a teacher, and a question and answer session with a parent panel. Reserve your seat, and register to attend the event.

Consider an Immersion Program for Your Child

Children who learn a second or even third language are academically prepared with the 21st century skill set to compete and succeed in a global marketplace. 

  • Research shows that the best time for a child to learn a second language is from birth to 12 years old, while a child’s brain is still developing language skills. 
     
  • There are many long-term benefits for a child to learn a second language, including performing better than monolingual students on tasks that involve divergent thinking, pattern recognition, and problem-solving.

A Snapshot of the Mandarin Immersion Program at Whispering Wind Academy

From the moment students step into one of the Mandarin Immersion classrooms, they are fully immersed in the Mandarin language and Chinese culture. The Mandarin classrooms are decorated with purpose and are stocked with instructional materials to help support each child’s learning in the classroom. 

In kindergarten through 6th grade, students are learning to talk about themselves – their name, age, family, hobbies, and community. Students are also learning to ask and answer questions relating to thematic units examples such as numbers, colors, food, school, clothing, hobbies, and occupations. They are also learning to read, write, and present their work in Mandarin.

The school day is structured so that students spend 50 percent of the day learning subjects in English, and the other half of the instructional day learning subjects in Mandarin. Students in kindergarten through 6th grade are taught Math and Science, with a heavy emphasis on literacy in Mandarin. Reading, Writing, and Social Studies are taught in English. Starting in 5th grade, students learn Science and Social Studies with an emphasis on literacy in Mandarin, and Math will be taught in English.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Dual Language Mandarin Immersion Program, register to attend the Mandarin Information Night on Tuesday, November 19th at 5:30 p.m. or schedule a tour of the school by calling 602-449-7300.