The North American Chinese School was established in 2007 and has actively served as a bridge for the exchange of Taiwanese and American cultures. It assists adopted children of Chinese descent to adapt to their new life in the US as well as integrate into their mainstream schools. At the same time, the North American Chinese School provides opportunities for Americans of all backgrounds to understand the universal values of Taiwan's democracy and freedom. With support from the Overseas Community Affairs Council, the school set up the Taiwan Center for Mandarin Learning (TCML) in February 2022 to provide a professional and diverse learning environment to adult students aged 18 and over.
The North American Chinese School has long been committed to Mandarin education. The establishment of TCML will further promote Mandarin learning and Taiwanese culture to the mainstream community and play a positive role in raising awareness about Taiwan. These efforts enable people from all backgrounds to have a more profound understanding of Taiwan, thereby enhancing positive exchanges between Taiwan and Wisconsin.
At present, the Taiwan Center for Mandarin Learning has 20 enrolled students. In-person learning is held on Mondays (4:30 to 6:00 pm), and online learning sessions are offered on Tuesdays (4:30pm to 6:00pm) and Thursdays (5:30pm to 7:00pm). The TCML currently uses language textbooks provided by the Overseas Community Affairs Council. The textbooks cover various learning levels and are appropriate for learners of all walks of life. Courses and teaching materials are oriented to practical, real-life settings, covering topics, such as self-introduction, family, school life, and daily situational expressions. The key words and commonly used terms in the textbooks are highlighted with detailed explanations so that students not only will understand the stroke order of the characters but also learn about how the characters are derived from radicals and other characters. The curriculum design attaches great importance to students' flexible application of classroom content in their daily lives. The TCML cultivates a natural and lively learning environment, integrates games into learning, uses cartoons for teaching, and cooperates with song and dance theater performances so that students can lay a foundation for Mandarin learning in a joyful environment.
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