Host Culture Learning
In this ever-evolving and changing world, with so many people becoming globally mobile, the need for bilingualism is paramount. At SCIS all students may study Mandarin as an additional or native language. The language programme will be further enhanced through school assemblies, performances, presentations and field trips around Shanghai.
The Mandarin Program is a unit-based language program and aligned, where possible, to the PYP Language scope and sequence. Students attend Mandarin for 40 minutes a day. Our program offers five levels: Novice 1, Novice 2, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, and Experienced. Students are assessed for level placement. All levels integrate listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students have a variety of ways to approach learning, such as project-based learning, story-telling, and other activities related to Chinese culture.
Each year, our Mandarin Team and students will lead a fabulous Chinese New Year Celebrations in the school! The students have put in a lot of hard work in preparation for the Chinese New Year Assembly and it will be a great day of celebrating Chinese culture and showcasing language skills through songs, dances, story performances, Chinese rhymes & poems, and artifacts. The students will learn a great deal about their host nation and will share it with the community.
All upper school students (except grade 12) are expected to participate in the China Trips during the academic school year. These are approximately weeklong trips to various locations in China. In addition to enhancing students’ understanding of culture and geography, this unique learning experience affords students an opportunity to develop more interpersonal and team-building skills that lead to greater self-reliance and independence. An important component of these trips is the opportunity to participate in community service projects.