Scottsdale elementary school offers students chance to learn Mandarin

Dec 8, 2016, 5:33 AM
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SCOTTSDALE — A Valley school is about to offer a new way for students to learn a foreign language.

Starting with the 2016-17 school year, kids at Scottsdale’s Desert Canyon Elementary School can learn Mandarin through a Mandarin Dual Immersion Program.

“The kiddos spend 50 percent of the day learning math, science, and other subjects with a native speaking Mandarin teacher who only teaches in Mandarin,” said Kristin Kinghorn, the Principal at Desert Canyon. “They learn the other half of the day, with their English speaking teacher, reading, writing, social studies, and some math intervention.”

Kinghorn thinks that learning Mandarin will give the students a big advantage.

“It is the number two critical language of business, right behind English,” Kinghorn said. “If you can speak English and Mandarin, you can speak to one fifth of the world.”

The school is offering information sessions for parents to learn more about the program. You can find out more about the program on their website.

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