中文 魏以娴老师 Wei Laoshi / Mrs. Wei-Cheng
Mandarin Chinese • Official spoken language of China, Taiwan, and Singapore • Spoken by nearly ¼ of the world’s population • No verb conjugations • Grammar is easy • Four tones • Lots of characters
Chinese at IMSA • 3-year program • 2 sections of Chinese I (31 students) 2 sections of Chinese II 1 section of Chinese III 2 teachers – Wang Laoshi & Wei Laoshi • Immersion setting • Native Chinese speakers on campus
Accomplishments 2011-12 • Great Lakes Region Chinese High School Speech Contest 1st Place: Natalie Runkle andMallory Giger • Midwest Chinese Teachers' Alliance Speech Contest Gold award: NileshKavthekar Nolan Maloney Mallory Giger Silver award: Jeannine Schulz Sarah Valentine Hanna Swerbenski Bronze: Chang-hee Lee
Accomplishments 2011-12 (continued) • Ryan Eberhardt and Dominic Gentile studied in China for 6 weeks this summer on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarships. • Nolan Maloney, Jeannine Schulz, and NileshKavthekar received 2-month scholarships to study Mandarin in Taiwan in 2013-2014.