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MYP Language Acquisition

The goals of our language acquisition program are to develop our students’ third language skills and, by doing so, to enrich their intercultural understanding and global identity. Each student’s study of languages is based upon on their proficiency in English, Spanish and Mandarin.

Mandarin Language Acquisition

Middle School students at The Magellan International School who developed proficiency in Spanish during the Primary Years may participate in the Mandarin language acquisition program. The primary goal of this program is to ensure that students are able apply language skills in Mandarin speaking countries with Mandarin speakers.

Courses focus on simple Chinese words, phrases, and expressions useful in daily life and also in the Chinese culture. Students begin learning the pinyin typing system and maintain the writing skills learned during the Primary Years. Students will learn compound sentence and complex sentences instead of simple sentences in order to express ideas and opinions with higher-level sentence patterns. Technology resources are used to enhance the learning.

Students follow a comprehensive curriculum and receive individual attention. Small multi-level classes encourage a highly individualized approach. Students are guided through the writing process, from the outline to the final draft, and have many opportunities for improvement through self and peer assessment.

Learning goals for include:

  • Students can interpret and construct meaning from spoken and visual texts to understand how images presented with oral text interplay to convey ideas, values and attitudes.
  • Students can construct meaning and interpret written and visual text to understand how images presented with written text interplay to convey ideas, values and attitudes.
  • Students develop their communication skills by interacting on a range of topics of personal, local and global interest and significance, and responding to spoken, written and visual text in the target language.
  • Students recognize and use language suitable to the audience and purpose (for example, home, classroom, formal and informal, social, academic contexts).

Students apply their understanding of linguistic and literary concepts to develop a variety of structures, strategies and techniques.