Chinese Language

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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.

中文 (Read in Chinese)

你好! 中国著名的至圣先师孔子,他所提倡的“因材施教”,正是我们在Aidan蒙特梭利学校所遵循的教学原则。

在幼稚园教室里,学生们从读故事书,唱歌以及律动,以及和老师用餐,以接近生活并且生动有趣的方式学习中文。

在小学初级班的教室里,老师会依照学生们不同的学习方式来引导学生,鼓励学习新字与词句,学生们也能够从阅读以及研究中国相关主题中,进而了解中国历史及文化。

在小学高级版的教室里,学生们能够独立学习,依照个人的兴趣与老师的指导,发展不同的学习方案延伸重点课题,深入且完整地学习读与写。

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Program Faculty

Jill Hayward

Jill Hayward

Assistant Chinese Teacher

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.

Minfang Maguire

Minfang Maguire

Mandarin Chinese Teacher

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.

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