Driscoll's Mandarin Program
The K-5 World Language Learning expectations are based upon the 5C’s of the National Standards for Foreign language: Communication, Cultures, Comparisons, Connections and Communities. Mandarin teachers, Lan Wu(Grade 5-8) and Wan Wang (Grade K-4), together with the K-8 Curriculum Coordinator for World Languages, have developed a proficiency-based curriculum, focused on what students can do with language, grounded in culture. This curriculum builds a solid foundation in oracy, the parneter of literacy in language, learning. From Grade 6, students officially learn Chinese characters reading and writing. Huan Ying textbook is used in Grade 7. By the end of the Grade 8, students are expected to finish Huan Ying vol.1. If they continue Chinese in high school, they will start Huan Ying vol.2.
At all grade levels, there are many hands on projects such as learning Chinese crafts, calligraphy, and cooking. In addition, children learn about Chinese art history and music. Each year, we hold a glorious school wide celebration at Chinese New Year, which serves as an exhibition of knowledge for all grade levels. Children perform songs, recite Mandarin poetry, and present dances. The middle school students will host the celebration and organize the performance.