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Mandarin Program

Early Mandarin Bilingual

Norquay Early Mandarin Bilingual Program (EMB)  Program Description

The EMB program provides students with opportunities to develop and maintain practical language skills in both Mandarin and English.

Students will have the opportunities to develop the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and communicating in both Mandarin and English.

Promotes exploration, understanding and appreciation of the cultures and traditions of Mandarin-speaking world and contributes to multilingualism and multiculturalism.

Students will be able to apply acquired Mandarin language skills in real life situations and environments.

What does the Norquay EMB Program look like? 

At Norquay, the EMB program is taught by teachers who are specially trained to teach all subjects in Mandarin and English.  The program is fluid where teachers interchange Mandarin and English throughout the day.

Subjects taught in Mandarin:

  • Mandarin Language Arts (K-3 Traditional and 4-7 Simplified Mandarin)
  • Arts Education
  • Physical & Health Education
  • Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies

Subjects taught in English:

  • English Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Career Education
Even though the above subjects are determined by language, there is often integration of both languages. ​   

​More information about EMB  for Parents: EMB Parent Info Booklet.pdfEMB Parent Info Booklet.pdf

Mandarin Curricular Framework:  Mandarin Curricular Framework K-5.pdfMandarin Curricular Framework K-5.pdf