JINGBAOTM Bilingual Children’s Centre
Future Initiative – Mandarin Immersion Day School
Please help complete a short
survey if you are interest in participating in the Initiative.
With JINGBAO already spearheads the Early Year Mandarin Immersion in Greater Toronto
Area, parents look for more comprehensive programs to continue throughout elementary
level and beyond in the future, for complete proficiency of the language.
Across North America, Mandarin Immersion/Bilingual programs have blossomed, available
in both public schools and private/independent schools. While some programs are
still experimental, we definitely see an increase of interests and needs.
Highlights of Mandarin Bilingual Program ( B.C’s model):
- Regardless of a student’s language background, the program offers all students
the possibility of completing 50% of the BC curriculum in Mandarin (Mandarin Language
Arts, Math, Health and Career, and PE) and 50% of the prescribed BC curriculum in
English (English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies and Fine Arts).
- Students develop strong communication skills in both English and Mandarin.
Students develop their knowledge of other cultures and the program helps prepare
students for the global economy.
Who is doing Mandarin Immersion/Mandarin Bilingual
- Mandarin Immersion in United States
There are many excellent Mandarin Immersion programs throughout the United States.
There are both private and public school programs and the degree of immersion varies
from after-school only instruction to 90% of school instruction time.
- Greater San Francisco Bay Area, USA
- Other States, USA
- Mandarin Bilingual Program in Canada
- Edmonton, Alberta
Edmonton spearheaded the Mandarin Bilingual Program in Canada, and now there are
12 schools offering (5 elementary, 4 middle, 3 high schools) Mandarin Bilingual
Program in the different districts, with 2,000 students enrolled out of a total
of 80,000 students in Edmonton. For more information, please visit the website of
- Vancouver, British Columbia
John Norquay Elementary School
The program is expected to open in September 2011. The program has attracted almost
twice as many students as it can accommodate, received 112 applications for 68 spaces
– 22 in kindergarten, 22 in k-1 split and 24 in Grade 1.
- Other school districts, British Columbia
- Forest Grove Elementary school, Burnaby District Started in September, 2010, with
a single K class
- Walton Elementary School., Coquitlam District The program offers K –Gr2.
- Hamilton, Ontario
Prince Phillip Elementary School, Hamilton-Wentworth District
For more information, please click here
Questions & Answers:
- Why not just have these people who are interested in learning Mandarin just go
to heritage language schools? Heritage language programs are designed and more suitable
for children who already have oral fluency in the language and they focus on literacy
i.e. writing skills, not conversational skills. It is assumed that those children
speak Chinese in the home. And hence it is not suitable for children of English-speaking
households, which the majority of the students in the Mandarin Bilingual program
are from non-Mandarin speaking households.
- What if the program is overwhelmed with applications from students with Mandarin
speaking backgrounds? The reality is that this program would most appeal to students
from English-speaking backgrounds. Students from Mandarin-speaking backgrounds would
most likely be seeking enrolment in English kindergarten/Grade 1 to increase their
English fluency. This is proven by the fact that most French immersion students
come from English speaking backgrounds.
Participate in your Child’s future.
Please take 2-3 minutes to complete
the short survey