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Mandarin

We celebrate our host country and provide opportunities for students at all grade levels to experience the language and culture of China. Our Mandarin program is divided into two tracks to accommodate the international nature of our student body.

Concordia provides for dedicated native-speaking Mandarin faculty in each of our schools, providing for significant teacher-student interaction and ability to tailor classes to the students’ needs. Students are placed by ability and grouped with students of similar levels as they move through the tracks.

Heritage Mandarin

Heritage Mandarin (HM) classes are for students who have a native or near-native level of Mandarin ability. These classes focus on building reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, and developing an appreciation for the Chinese culture. Students in this track will usually have more written and reading homework than students in the MFL track.

Kindergarten–Grade 2

Heritage Mandarin Kindergarten-Grade 3 (HMK-HM3) is taught 30 minutes daily. Mandarin is usually the primary language spoken at home for students in this class. Through songs, poems and rhymes, student continue their Mandarin study with listening, speaking, reading and writing activities.

Grades 3–4

Heritage Mandarin 2-5 (HM2–HM5) is taught 40 minutes daily. Students are assessed and placed in their best instructional level. Through a focus on poems, fables, stories and literature students increase their Mandarin speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. New Concept Chinese is the main textbook resource. Teachers also use other resources to enrich language studies.

Mandarin as a Foreign Language

Conversational Mandarin (CM) and Mandarin as a Foreign Language (MFL) are offered to students with no or limited formal Mandarin learning. The main focus of this program is on listening, speaking and recognizing Chinese characters, reading and writing simple sentences, and developing an awareness and understanding of Chinese culture.

Kindergarten–Grade 1

Conversational Mandarin (CM-K and CM-1) is taught 30 minutes daily and is offered for Kindergarten and Grade 1 students with limited or no formal Mandarin learning. Student placement in CM classes is primarily based on age appropriate groups and not solely on assessment results. The main focus is on oral conversation and listening skills. Students learn basic words/phrases related to home and school life, numbers, days of week/date, common fruits, colors, pets, manners, numbers, etc.

Grade 2

Mandarin as a Foreign Language 1 (MFL1) is taught 30 minutes daily. No prior or limited experience in a Mandarin program required. The class focuses on learning words/phrases, recognizing Chinese characters, learning the Pinyin system and some character strokes. Students study greetings, numbers, family members, self introduction, occupations, time, transportation, colors, clothing and parts of the body.

Grades 3–4

MFL1

Mandarin as a Foreign Language 1 (MFL1) for Grades 3 and 4 is taught 40 minutes daily. No prior or limited experience in a Mandarin program required. The class focuses on learning words/phrases, recognizing Chinese characters, learning the Pinyin system and some character strokes. Students study greetings, numbers, family members, self introduction, occupations, time, transportation, colors, clothing, and parts of the body.

MFL2

Mandarin as a Foreign Language 2 (MFL2) for Grades 3 and 4 is taught 40 minutes daily. Prior experience in a Mandarin program required. The class focuses on continued learning of words/phrases, sentence structure, recognizing Chinese characters, learning the Pinyin system and some character strokes. Students learn in themed lessons–Countries, Languages, Phone Etiquette, Weather, Seasons, Sickness, Hobbies, Vegetables and Fruits, Meals and Dining Out, Lessons relating to the House, Furniture and Neighborhoods.

MFL3

Mandarin as a Foreign Language 3 (MFL3) for Grade 4 is taught 40 minutes daily. Prior experience in a Mandarin program required. The class focuses on continued learning of words/phrases, sentence structure, recognizing Chinese characters, learning the Pinyin system and some character strokes. Students learn in themed lessons–Relatives, Appearance, Seeing a Doctor, Seasons, Occupations, Hobbies, Subjects of Study, School Facilities, Stationery, Fresh Market, Snacks, Eating Out, Neighborhood, Asking the Way and Neighbors.

Concordia International School Shanghai - elementary school mandarin class

Our students touch, see, hear and engage in the Chinese language and culture and come to realize that there are multiple ways of viewing the world.

Mandarin Placement

New students are interviewed upon arrival and tentatively placed. Anecdotal evidence is collected during the first two weeks of class and adjustments are made when necessary. Current students move up through the appropriate levels based on class performance and teacher recommendation.