Lasswade High School

Learning Mandarin at LHS

Wednesday 11th March 2020

https://www.strath.ac.uk/humanities/confuciusinstituteforscotlandsschools/newsletters/

 

Ni hao !

Parents  will  already  be  aware  that  Mandarin  is  now  firmly-established  at the  school.

All  pupils  –  beginning  with  their  S2  ‘taster’  course  –  receive  at  least  six  weeks  of  lessons  dealing  with  China’s  main  language  and  its  culture.  Many  choose to continue  and  some of  our  pupils have  passed  through  the full  range  of  exams  (and  gone  on  to  study  Mandarin  at  university  level  – some  even  studying  in  China  itself).

And because  we’ve been  offering  Mandarin  for  quite  a while now,  pretty  much  everybody  in  our catchment-area  under  the  age  of  thirty  will  have  some  knowledge  of  the  language !

It surely can’t be long until an S2 pupils tells me :  ‘Hey, Sir; my  mum  will  be  able to  help me with my  homework  because  she  did  Mandarin here, too !’

What  is  maybe  not as  well-known, however,  is  just  how  hard  the  Mandarin  teachers  –  Mrz  Zhao  and  her  assistants  Miss  Duan  and  Miss  Liu  –  work behind  the scenes  to  offer  extra-curricular  experiences  for  our  pupils.

The  current  edition  of  the  Confucius  Institute’s  newsletter  gives  details about  what’s happening  Mandarin-wise  across  all  Scotland’s  local  authorities.

The link is  provided  here  and I  hope  you’ll be able  to  take  a few  minutes  to  look  through  it.

I  think  you’ll  be surprised  by  just  how  often  Lasswade  High  School  is  mentioned.

 

Zai  jin.

James  Poots

Principal Teacher Modern Languages

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