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    Mandarin Institute (Student)

    Mandarin Institute SFUSD STARTALK Program



    Grade Level(s)

    6-8, 9-12

    • June 17, 2019 – July 3, 2019: (Face-to-face)
    • City College of San Francisco Chinatown Center, San Francisco, CA
    Program Setting



    Housed in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown, the Mandarin Institute San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) STARTALK Middle and High School Program provides 36 students with a truly authentic, immersive learning environment designed to promote verbal skills and to imbue students with the confidence to use their language skills in real world situations for meaningful communication. During the 13 day program, students will participate in seven hours of engaging language study each day which includes classroom time, cultural units, mini-excursions into Chinatown and a distance learning component that matches each student with a personalized tutor in China for unrehearsed spontaneous dialogue. Our students go into the community and we bring the community into our program. Students register for middle school immersion or high school Chinese III and are expected to achieve Novice Intermediate to Intermediate Low ACTFL oral proficiency while gaining an appreciation for major cultural values and practices. Upon successful completion of the 90 hour High School program, students may earn one semester of high school foreign language credit depending on their school. At the end of the program our students will have the communicative competence and confidence to engage in authentic dialogues with native speakers in real-world situations.

    (415) 297-1227
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