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Category : Academics
Whispering Wind Academy Hosts Virtual Mandarin Information Night
Monday , December 14 , 2020
This photo was taken in 2018.
Whispering Wind Academy’s Dual Language Mandarin Immersion (DLMI) program prepares students to become fluent in the world’s most spoken language – Chinese, as well as prepares them to succeed in the global marketplace. Explore the benefits of learning a world language at the Mandarin Virtual Information Night on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, from 6-7 p.m. by joining with the Google Meets link.
During the virtual event, prospective parents will learn why they should enroll in a dual-language program, what the DLMI program looks like in the classroom, and the achievements of Whispering Wind students compared to their peers.
"I am proud to have my child enrolled in the Dual Language Mandarin Immersion program because Whispering Wind takes pride in fidelity assurances. This means that the quality of the Mandarin program is constantly being improved by teachers and administrators," said Laura Miyazaki, a parent of a 6th-grade DLMI student.
Benefits of a Dual Language Immersion Program
- 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.
- 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.
- There are many long-term advantages 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.
- According to a study published in the Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences, those who speak tonal languages such as Mandarin exhibit a very different flow of information during speech comprehension, using both hemispheres of the brain rather than just the left.
- Children who learn more than one language have a better capacity to learn new concepts quickly and can easily grasp new ideas in subjects such as math and science.
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.