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TL - Lang Prgrms, Chinese (Mandarin) Bilingual


The Chinese (Mandarin) Bilingual Program provides students with the opportunity to acquire the basic skills for speaking, reading, writing, listening and communicating in both English and Mandarin at a young age. It is a program in which Mandarin and English are used as the languages of instruction, beginning in Kindergarten or Grade 1 and continuing to Grade 9.


  • Students entering Kindergarten or Grade 1 can register
  • Previous Chinese experience is not required and parents/guardians do not need to know the language

Benefits of Learning Mandarin 

  • Expands the intellect 
  • Teaches responsible citizenship 
  • Develops enhanced feelings of self-esteem due to pride in having acquired a tangible skill 
  • Strengthens English literacy skills 
  • Encourages the joy of lifelong learning 
  • Promotes exploration, understanding and appreciation of the cultures of the Mandarin-speaking world and contributes to multilingualism and multiculturalism 
  • Allows students to compete internationally 
  • Provides students with more choices for advanced education and career options 
  • Broadens students' cultural life through access to literature, art, music and theatre in another language

Benefits of Chinese (Mandarin) Program

  • In elementary, a 50/50 split, and in Grades 7-9, a 30 per cent split in instructional time between English and Mandarin allows students to build fluency in both languages. Children learn to understand and respond appropriately in Mandarin in a range of everyday situations.
  • Students may write the language credentialing exam.

Subjects Taught in Chinese (Mandarin)

  • Mandarin/English Content
    • Simplified Chinese script will be taught beginning in Kindergarten 
    • The Han Yu Pin Yin pronunciation system will be taught to accelerate the process of learning to read in Chinese
  • Subjects taught in English
    • Kindergarten, Grades 1 to 6
    • English Language Arts; Social Studies
  • English and Chinese (Mandarin) integrated into the following subjects:
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Music
    • Fine Arts
  • Subjects taught in Chinese (Mandarin) 
    • Chinese (Mandarin) Language Arts
  • Junior High School - Grades 7, 8 & 9
    • Chinese (Mandarin) Language Arts; Mathematics

Visit the CBE website to help determine whether or not the Chinese (Mandarin) Bilingual Program (K-9) is right for your child and for information on language credentialing. ​




Teaching - Program Descriptions


Chinese (Mandarin) Bilingual


Kindergarten; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9

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