All kindergarten through third grade students at Roosevelt receive Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture enrichment classes for 30 minutes one day per week.
Why Mandarin Chinese?
- The U.S. Government classifies Mandarin Chinese as a Category IV language - one of the most difficult languages for native English spears to learn. It is best learned in elementary school.
- Research suggests that the more difficult the language to learn, the greater the overall cognitive benefits.
- Research shows that attaining fluency in a second language, particularly more difficult languages, makes learning a third or forth language much easier.
- The most widely spoken languages in the world are: Chinese: 2 billion + (Mandarin Chinese 1+ billion) and English 514 million.