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Chinese Introduced at Elementary Level

September 05, 2016
By KCS Staff

Ni Hao!  Hopefully, elementary students have begun to share some of their newly learned phrases in Mandarin.  As part of their grade level curriculum, students in kindergarten through 5th grade receive weekly 15-minute Chinese lessons with Mrs. Lili Zhang (pictured above).  

Topics covered in these weekly lessons include greetings, family names, colors, and singing songs in Chinese.  Mrs. Zhang says the students have picked up the language “very fast” and have good pronunciation.

Chinese was introduced as KCS’ foreign language at the middle school level in 2011 and extended to high school in subsequent years.  As Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world, school leaders feel it’s important to equip students with this marketable skill.  

Vice-Principal Robyn Ahn, who also teaches Chinese for middle school, says, “It is optimal for younger students to begin learning Chinese as their hearing and speech are still developing.  Listening and practicing tones while their brains are still able to absorb foreign sounds make it easier for students to speak without an accent.”