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Chinese/Mandarin Bilingual Program (K-9)

The Chinese (Mandarin) Bilingual Program provides students with the opportunity to acquire the basic skills for speaking, reading, writing, listening and communicating in both English and Mandarin at a young age. It is a program in which Mandarin and English are used as the languages of instruction, beginning in Kindergarten or Grade 1 and continuing to Grade 9.


  • Students entering kindergarten or Grade 1 can register
  • Previous Chinese experience is not required and parents do not need to know the language

Benefits of Learning Mandarin

  • Expands the intellect
  • Teaches responsible citizenship
  • Develops enhanced feelings of self-esteem due to pride in having acquired a tangible skill
  • Strengthens English literacy skills
  • Encourages the joy of lifelong learning
  • Promotes exploration, understanding and appreciation of the cultures of the Mandarin-speaking world and contributes to multilingualism and multiculturalism
  • Allows students to compete internationally
  • Provides students with more choices for advanced education and career options
  • Broadens students' cultural life through access to literature, art, music and theatre in another language

Benefits of Chinese (Mandarin) Program

  • In elementary, a 50/50 split, and in Grades 7-9, a 30 per cent split in instructional time between English and Mandarin allows students to build fluency in both languages. Children learn to understand and respond appropriately in Mandarin in a range of everyday situations.
  • Students may write the language credentialing exam.

Subjects Taught in Chinese (Mandarin)

  • Mandarin/English Content
    • Simplified Chinese script will be taught beginning in Kindergarten
    • The Han Yu Pin Yin pronunciation system will be taught to accelerate the process of learning to read in Chinese
  • Subjects taught in English
    • Kindergarten, Grades 1 to 6*
    • English Language Arts; Social Studies
  • English and Chinese (Mandarin) integrated into the following subjects:
    • Mathematics ; Science; Music; Fine Arts
  • Subjects taught in Chinese (Mandarin)
    Chinese (Mandarin) Language Arts
  • Junior High School - Grades 7, 8 & 9*
    Chinese (Mandarin) Language Arts; Mathematics 



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