The Northern Virginia Experimental Chinese School is located in northwestern Virginia. Most students come from Fairfax and Loudoun counties. There are many high-tech companies in the area. Taiwan Center for Mandarin Learning classes started on 9/19. In terms of curriculum design, the school adopts a “fun teaching method” such as learning to count numbers while playing cards, interpreting Mandarin with traditional puppet shows, and combining Mandarin with daily life usage. There are currently 15 students and 1 teacher and 1 assistant. Classes always have a joyful atmosphere.
This beginning course provide a basic introduction to Mandarin and Taiwanese culture. Designed for learners with little or no previous exposure to the target language, the course will go over major characteristics of the language, such as the tones, and the writing system. It will also help develop learners’ senses of the basic structural forms. Multiple topics in real life will be introduced in the course. Starting from their immediate environment, learners will learn to use the target language to describe themselves and their family in the culturally-appropriate contexts. They will use common expressions and polite greetings to exchange basic information, such as name, residence, family members, activities, vacation, and holidays, etc. Learners will have frequent teacher and peer interactions throughout the 12-class session. This course provides learners substantial opportunities for Mandarin speaking. Besides textbook resources, multiple technology tools will be utilized during and after class to help facilitate target language use. Learners will practice constantly by talking to each other. Classes will be a highly interactive and engaging.
Address: Chantilly High School 4201 Stringfellow Road Chantilly, VA 20151
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