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Shekou International School Students Earn Perfect Scores in Mandarin
Posted 09/22/2016 08:23AM
84% of Shekou International School Students scored a six or a perfect score of seven in the International Baccalaureate Mandarin program last year. "In fact, no student scored below a 5 which is considered a solid score," explained Mrs. Eunice Ong who has been teaching since 1987. "Our students did extraordinarily well. Out of 11 students taking Mandarin B, eight students earned a seven. We are very proud of the effort that our students put forth in this rigorous course. In class, we have an emphasis on reading and writing and throughout the SIS curriculum our students learn analytical skills which help them to do well on the IB exam."The IB Mandarin program at SIS is broken down into Ab Initio Mandarin, Mandarin A for native speakers and Mandarin B for non-native speakers. Within both Mandarin A and B, students can choose between high level (HL) and standard level (SL). "Ab Initio Mandarin is especially rigorous and requires a lot of student dedication. Students who take the Ab Initio course are new to Mandarin. Last year we had eight students in the Ab Initio course and four students received a seven while two students received a six. At SIS we have a very nurturing and caring environment and a student base that really wants to learn."This is Mrs. Ong's third year at SIS and 16th year as an IB Mandarin teacher. She believes the program at SIS encourages students to excel because the Mandarin teachers and students work as a team. " From the first day we outline what will be expected of students and our curriculum is structured and follows the IB requirements. In class we emphasize reading, writing and we analyze text. We also encourage students to work together and provide constructive feedback to each other. Students in grades six through ten participate in a year end project exhibition that features the work they did, both written and oral. Students help each other by providing feedback.""The IB Mandarin program is rigorous and requires both a dedicated student and teacher. During the HL IB exam, students have to read 5 texts and and answer questions in an hour and a half and then they are required to write two pieces also in an hour and a half. We keep our class sizes at a level that fosters personalized learning but also allows students to work together in groups. At SIS we have an experienced and dedicated group of teachers that understand the IB requirements and how to work with students to achieve their best," described the secondary school principal Mike Livingston. "Our students scored above the IB world-wide average and close to 73% of the Mandarin B students received a seven. We are proud of the outstanding performance of our students and the dedication that our teachers bring to class every day."