Middle School Mandarin classes got outside this fall to try their hands at badminton, a sport of agility and quick reflexes that is explosively popular in China and throughout Asia. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Morgan Park Academy (@morganparkacademy) on Nov 4, 2020 at 10:24am PST
With only three students, eighth-grade Mandarin 2 class has plenty of time for individual instruction, whether in person or over Zoom! Chase, Micaiah, and Najja are studying the second-biggest Chinese holiday, the Mid-Autumn Festival (a.k.a., Moon Festival), which falls on October 1 this year. They will be reading (and reading aloud) famous Chinese poems about the holiday and enjoying the beautiful full moon at home this week with their families.
Rotating through various partners on campus and remotely via Zoom, Upper School students in Spanish 1 practiced greetings, introductions, and salutations by engaging in short conversations and practicing the alphabet by spelling their names.
Upper School students in Spanish 3 worked on their writing and pronunciation skills by revisiting some classic children's stories. They listened to audio versions of "Caperucita Roja" ("Little Red Riding Hood"), "El Patito Feo" ("The Ugly Duckling"), and "Los Tres Cerditos" ("The Three Little Pigs"), transcribing each story by ear, and then chose one of their transcribed stories to read aloud. Michaela reads "Caperucita Roja" ("Little Red Riding Hood") Nora reads "El Patito Feo" ("The Ugly Duckling") Arnav reads "Los Tres Cerditos" ("The Three Little Pigs")
Upper School Mandarin classes took a break from digital learning to test their cooking skills with some popular Chinese dishes and share them with their families. Check out one sophomore’s video about making shrimp fried rice for her parents and (hard to please) older sister. PHOTOS
Juniors and seniors in our top-level Mandarin class trained their research and artistic skills on some of the most famous pieces of ancient Chinese architecture, building models and giving presentations on their history, structure, and cultural context in comparison to Western architecture. Cultural exploration and discovery is a common feature of this Mandarin 3-4 class, in addition to language study, with past projects focusing on Chinese education, weddings, families, clothing, painting, transportation, environment concerns, trade policies, and more. Students composed their architecture projects variously based on their different styles of learning, though they all had to follow project guidelines and present [...]
MPA seventh- and eighth-graders got a chance to practice their French, Mandarin, and Spanish language skills and explore language and culture, community service, and environmental sustainability on week-long trips to France, China, and Panama in February. China SEE ALL PHOTOS Highlights of nine days in Beijing and Xi'an, China, included: sightseeing in and around Beijing and Xi'an, including world historic sites such as the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Army, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven; taking a bullet train from Beijing to Xi'an; a behind-the-scenes tour at Light Chase Animation Studio; exploring the old district [...]
This school year, we expanded Morgan Park Academy’s World Languages offerings to include Mandarin as a full-year program beginning at the Middle School level. Students and parents now have the opportunity choose Mandarin as a full-time language of study in Middle School and continue to study the language in Upper School. It’s a chance for students to learn one of the most spoken languages in the world. I love that Mandarin is now a part of the full-year offerings. Giving students more choice in the languages and cultures they want to experience is one of the missions of the World Languages [...]
MPA is proud of our long-running French program. We currently introduce French in the preschool and continue French exploratory classes through 4th grade. In 5th grade, students can choose to take French full-time and study the language through the rest of their education at Morgan Park Academy. Our teachers, Mandala and Madame Haskins, love sharing their expertise and enthusiasm for French and Francophone culture with their students. In the early years, Madame teaches basic skills and vocabulary through dance, song, rhyme and movement. In our full-year program, Madame and Mandala add reading and writing skills, conversation and cultural competency. Additionally, our [...]
Most linguists argue that languages should not be prescriptive, but descriptive. They simply mean almost all languages are spoken, but not necessarily written. In other words, spoken language precedes written language. For example, a baby learns how to speak a language, then he/she may learn how to write it a few years later. Therefore, rules that guide syntax and word structures in a language are the result of the way that language is already spoken in a natural way. That is also one of the reasons most linguists prefer to focus first on spoken language, then later on its written forms [...]