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After School Mandarin Development Classes

In partnership with Mindquest Learning, McKinley Elementary will provide students with an after school tuition-based Chinese language development program.    The second language is Mandarin.


School Goal:

  1. Increase student academic achievement in the area of reading.
  2. Increase student achievement on standardized tests.
  3. Provide students a safe after school environment.


Single Plan for Student Achievement Targets:


  •          Students will be college and career ready.
  •          Close the achievement gap
  •          Students will have an equal opportunity to learn and succeed in a culturally responsive, engaging, and physically        and emotionally safe environment
  •          Students will benefit from improved family and community engagement.

Schedule:  3days/week

            Tuesday and Thursday

            3:00pm – 3:10pm – Snack (provided by food services)

            3:10pm – 3:30pm – Homework help

            3:30pm – 4:30pm – Language acquisition




            1:30pm – 1:40pm – Snack (provided by food services)

            1:40pm – 2:00pm – Homework help

            2:00pm – 3:00pm – Language acquisition





Course:  Introduction to Mandarin Chinese

Location:  McKinley Elementary School

Teacher:  Mr. Le and Staff


“Introduction to Chinese is a beginning-level course in modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) for students with little or no prior experience in the language.  We will start the course by introducing Chinese pronunciation and tone.  Recognizing, reading, and writing simplified Chinese Characters will be taught.  Great emphasis will be placed upon standard pronunciation, listening comprehension, and every day Chinese.  Various supplementary listening materials will be used from the beginning of this course to give students an authentic, practical way to learn correct pronunciation and reinforce classroom lessons.”

(Fredlein, Shumang and Fredlein, Paul. Ni Hao


Students at Mindquest Chinese Class will engage in various activities that promote Chinese language development. Students will engage in dialogue and participate in role-playing activities, such as shopping in a grocery store. Students will enjoy doing various arts and craft activities that promote cultural understanding. They will also have an opportunity to go to local Chinese restaurants to promote language exchange in a restaurant setting.


To develop basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities in Mandarin Chinese. By the end of the school year, students should be able to:


  1.       Read and write Chinese phonetic symbols (pinyin) with correct tones.
  2.       Understand the basic principles of the formation of Chinese characters.
  3.       Master about forty basic Chinese radicals and write Chinese characters in the correct stroke order.
  4.       Understand short dialogues and passages spoken by native Chinese speakers at a slow speed.
  5.       Comprehend short written texts and passages with the words learned.


Other Topics

In addition to learning beginning Chinese, each class session will include activities that introduce students to:

  •           Chinese culture
  •           Chinese art
  •           Chinese food