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This is the first plant that wakes up from the winter. It looks so small and delicate that it’s hard to believe that it has such strong inner strength to bloom its little purple flower by pushing open the frozen earth.

This flower, called crocus, has inspired my reflection of children’s language development. Likewise, 2-3 years old young children can burst out words, songs and sentences day after day when you just simply read them stories and sing them songs. Under this inspiration, Aishan’s Mandarin Class was formed. The immersive atmosphere we strive to build up will nurture children’s curiosity and the nature of exploring the world constantly. Each child is unique and has his/her own pace in language development. What we need to do is just respect their pace and create an warm artistic language environment for them to explore by themselves. One day they will speak fluent Mandarin just as the crocus wakes up fast from the earth in winter.

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Top Ten Answers for Parents About Immersion Education

The ACIE Newsletter, May 2007, Vol. 10, No. 3
By Canadian Parents for French, Ottawa, Ontario

Why should I choose immersion education for my child?
Parents want to make the best educational choices for their children, and many would like them to have the advantages of bilingualism. The ability to understand and speak more than one language is not the only benefit of immersion education. Research shows that students gain additional cognitive, academic and employment benefits.

How does immersion differ from other types of language instruction?
In traditional second language instruction, the target language is the subject of instruction. Immersion programs use the target language for instruction and as a means of communication. This authentic communication allows students to learn a second language in a similar manner to the way that they have learned their first.

Do children need above average academic ability to succeed in immersion?
Students with lower academic ability do as well in immersion as they might in English programs and have the additional benefit of bilingualism. Researchers found that “below-average students in immersion scored at the same level as below-average students in the English program on English language and academic achievement tests.” In addition, “below-average students in immersion scored significantly higher on second-language tests than the below-average students in the English program” (Genesee, in press).

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Relavent research on Language Immersion:

What the Research Says About Immersion
by Tara Williams Fortune
What the Research Says About Immersion

Cognitive Advantages of Second Language Immersion Education
The development of enhanced cognitive skills in immersion education
by François Grosjean, Ph.D.
Cognitive Advantages of Second Language Immersion Education

Bilingual Two-Way Immersion Programs Benefit Academic Achievement
by Viorica Marian, Anthony Shook & Scott R. Schroeder
Bilingual Two-Way Immersion Programs Benefit Academic Achievement

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What is Mandarin?

Mandarin was one of the dialects spoken since Ming and Qing Dynasty in China. When Jsuit missionaries learned this standard language in the 16th century, they called it "Mandarin", from its Chinese name Guānhuà (官话), or "language of the officials".

Because most Mandarin dialects are found in the north, the group is sometimes referred to as the Northern dialects (北方话). With 70 percent of Chinese speakers and a huge area stretching from Yunnan in the southwest to Xinjiang in the northwest and Heilongjiang in the northeast, Mandarin is by far the largest of the seven Chinese dialect groups. Aside from Mandarin, the other six are Wu, Gan and Xiang in central China, and Min, Hakka and Yue on the southeast coast.

After People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949, simplified characters (简体字) and phonetic system (汉语拼音) in Roman letters were created and issued in 1956 and 1958 respectively. Mandarin was named “Pǔtōnghuà (普通話- common language)” ever since then in mainland China. In 1982, Chinese phonetic system (pinyin for short) has standardized internationally thus to popularize Pǔtōnghuà was written into the China’s Constitution. Nowadays, Mandarin is not only the official language in mainland China, but one of the eight official languages of the United Nations and one of the four official languages of Singapore.

Chinese speakers refer to the modern standard language as

but not as Guānhuà (官话, literally "language of the officials").

--Wikipedia, Mandarin Chinese

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Who is Aishan?

I am Aishan Campbell, the founder of Aishan’s Mandarin class. My Chinese name is 何艾珊 (Hé Àishān). I was born in Zhuhai, a city in Guangdong province at the southern border of China. I lived and worked in Beijing from 1999 to 2012. I graduated from Beijing Language and Culture University and hold a Bachelor of Literature degree to teach Chinese as a second language. I passed all the exams to be an international Chinese teacher in China including the standard Pǔtōnghuà test.

Aishan at Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park in West Seattle January, 2017

When living in Zhuhai and Beijing, I worked as a Mandarin teacher for more than ten years. My life experiences have enabled me to compare the different cultural elements between the southern and the northern parts of China and become a unique resource in teaching the dialects spoken, food, different ways of celebrating festivals, folk customs and many other aspects of the Chinese life. My abundant Mandarin teaching experience is in both international and private schools and covers levels from preschool to college students. I am also experienced at teaching one-on-one individual tutoring. In addition to general comprehensive Mandarin class, I have taught in HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì 汉语水平考试) training, Business Mandarin class, Mandarin Grammar, and Children’s creative Mandarin classes. In the winter of 2012, I went to Gaborone, Botswana as a volunteer to teach Mandarin.

Aishan with Liú Xún New Practical Chinese Reader

Photo taken in Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) in 2007.
Liú Xún (in the middle), one of my instructors in BLCU was the editor of the textbook for college students “New Practical Chinese Reader”.

Aishan with Liú Xún

Photo taken in Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) in 2007.
Lǚ Bìsōng (left two), the first principal of BLCU gave us a lecture of Innovation of Teaching Mandarin to International Students.

Aishan in Botswana National Museum

Photo taken in Botswana National Museum, Gaborone, Botswana in 2012.
I worked as a volunteer Mandarin teacher in Jinghua School in Gaborone, Botswana.

Receive the children with reverence.
Educate them in love.
Send them forth in freedom.
--Rudolf Steiner

I have never stopped pursuing my career of education. With a great passion of education and my previous experience, I founded Aishan’s Mandarin Class in February 2017. Meanwhile, I have been studying Waldorf Education at Sound Circle Center in Seattle, Washington since September 2016. Inspired by Rudolf Steiner, I have integrated linguistic education into artistic activities. Self-development is a life-long task. At Aishan’s Mandarin Class, we will explore our self-development together in Mandarin.

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Why Aishan’s Mandarin Class?

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How to start?

  1. Contact us
  2. Initial meeting will be arranged within three business days to set up your study plan, including selecting books, materials and determining the class timetable.
  3. Meet your teacher. You can have a trial lesson if needed.
  4. Sign paper agreements and pay tuition.
  5. Start your Mandarin learning journey and get ready to explore an ancient eastern culture.
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