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What Mandarin immersion looks like on the ground: Ms. Li’s 2nd grade class in North Carolina

September 19, 2019

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This is one of a series of videos that the Asia Society’s Center for Global Education Chinese Learning Initiatives does. You can read about the series here.

Here’s the video for teachers “intended to serve as a window into the classroom.”

This is Ms. Li’s second grade class in Waxhaw, North Carolina. The lesson theme is “What do you want to be in the future?”

When you look at this, remember that an English-only classroom would work exactly the same — the teacher would have specific vocabulary and concepts that the teacher wants to teach the students and then the teachers would work on those concepts for them.

And don’t work if you don’t speak Mandarin, there are some subtitles.

She’s running through first what she does (she’s a teacher) and then she shows them different photos of different people and asks them what they do. For example, the school nurse.

You can also ask your kids to tell you what’s going on. This is a second grade class, so most should be able to.

Here’s the full story with an embedded video.




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