with Shuang Wen Academy Network (SWAN) w.swan-nyc.org/about/
Please Note: Swan’s Mandarin curriculum teaches traditional Chinese, Taiwanese Zhuyin.
SWAN’s Mandarin Chinese language ASP starts at the crucial early childhood education level and goes beyond reading and writing, offering cultural events, activities, and games to engage students in using the language every day. Unlike any other
language immersion program, SWAN emphasizes curriculum, evaluation, and implementation. The curriculum we created for our students is based on high standards of Mandarin Chinese proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. We ensure the learning standards are met through: (1) outstanding and experienced teaching staff; (2) specific Mandarin Chinese language and culture learning activities; and (3) the use of technology and innovative techniques in Mandarin Chinese learning. These standards have helped set us apart to become the leading educator among Mandarin Chinese language programs in New York City.
A typical afternoon for SWAN students will include a variety of academic and cultural activities such as learning Chinese phonetics and characters, singing Chinese folk songs, engaging in hands-on activities through a Chinese holiday theme-based
curriculum, and practicing oral drills. This is a program for students to discover and experience another world in a safe and supportive environment. As the leading Mandarin Chinese immersion program on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, SWAN has been the driving force behind dual language and dual culture education. Participants of all ethnic backgrounds not only receive Mandarin Chinese language instruction, but also learn about the values and beauty behind festivals like the Chinese Lunar New Year, Dragon Boat Festival and August Moon Festival.