I have many years of experience teaching Mandarin in an independent school setting. I developed a Mandarin program from scratch, implemented in grades 1-8. I developed many of my own materials, and enjoy sharing them with other teachers!
Fun! My classes play lots of games, and are very energetic. We do, of course, have the occasional grammar lecture. I am a tough-love kind of teacher. I expect a lot, but try to make the material accessible. In my teaching, I do not introduce pinyin until 6th grade. Because I taught non-immersion classes and did not see my students very often, I focused on pronunciation, listening comprehension, and character recognition. Pinyin got in the way while students were still learning how to spell English. Instead, I focused on accessible characters, radicals, and listening to help students access the language.
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B.A., Middlebury College M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education
I am currently working as an educational consultant. Please feel free to contact me if your school is building a Mandarin program - I would be happy to help!