Poetry, Pomelos and Peace Day celebrations: here's a snapshot of Aidan's Chinese classes from Chinese teacher Minfang Maguire.
Ni hao! The basic principle of 孔子, Confucius, the well-known Chinese philosopher and role-model of all Chinese teachers, was to teach students in accordance with their aptitude, and that is the aim of Aidan's Chinese Program.
At the Primary level, children are immersed in the Chinese language through reading Chinese books, singing with movement, and having lunch together. Through this immersion, the children learn basic vocabulary and sentences naturally.
In Lower Elementary, the children learn Chinese language and culture through reading, project building, and doing independent research.
And in Upper Elementary, students deepen their speaking and writing skills through a wide variety of different projects and activities, building on prior years.
Jill is a Native Mandarin speaker, who comes to Aidan with experience both in international business and as a language tutor to English-speaking students. Prior to moving to the United States, Jill grew up in Taiwan. From 2010-16, she worked as a private Mandarin tutor in and around Clarksville and Columbia, Maryland. Prior to that, she worked in Taipei and Vienna as an international business trade exhibition coordinator for a Moscow-based company that served Europe and Dubai. She started her career with the Taiwanese Tourism Bureau as a tour manager in the 1998.
When Jill isn't at work, she enjoys cooking, watching movies, listening to music, and salsa dancing.
Fanfan is also known as Zou lao shi (“Teacher Zou”) to students. She is a native Chinese speaker who grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. After years working as a magazine editor in Taiwan, Fanfan put her French degree to work and studied cultural mediation in France. She also worked as an artist’s assistant and a docent at Palais de Tokyo in Paris. After Paris, Fanfan worked not only as a trilingual translator and a design journalist, but also an English and French teacher in Taiwan. Her varied, firsthand experiences around the world have lead Fanfan to believe in the Montessori method. She would like to pass on the passion for learning and worldly curiosity she gained in her own studies to her students. To that end, she strives to create a class environment that encourages students to apply their own interests as avenues for learning Chinese.