Mandarin Comes to Notre Dame

Still able to smile after a test, the Mandarin I students come together for a picture. (Photo cred Kalea Doryon)

By: Kalea Doryon ’21 and Valentina Santiago ’21 (Guest Writers)

Nǐ Hǎo! Are you interested in taking Mandarin, the number one most spoken language in the world? If you are, Notre Dame now offers Mandarin 1 and 2 after school as an eighth period class.

Mandarin is an important and useful language to know in the business world. According to Boston University, China is the second largest economy in the world and is also one of the largest trading partners with the United States.

“I decided to take Mandarin because I think that it will help make me more successful in my career,” said freshmen Renee Bobb.

Mandarin 1 and 2  are UC approved classes and count toward school credit as a foreign language.  The students receive grades for their work that are shown on Blackboard and appear on their transcripts for college.  

Despite the fact that Mandarin takes place outside of regular school hours, homework and tests are still assigned. Homework assignments are typically focused on grammar and character writing. The tests include a reading, writing, speaking, and a listening section. The students practice their speaking skills by having conversations with each other in  class about various topics.

The class runs for the entire year and takes place twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3pm-5pm. Mandarin is taught by Mr. and Mrs. Chiang in room 7 in Moreau Hall.

Huí Tóu Jiàn! 


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