Using a second language to learn Social Studies and Language Arts is not an easy endeavor, but it can be super fun and rewarding!

The 7th grade Mandarin Dual Language students at Tillicum just finished the unit on ancient civilizations in Social Studies. With learning the related concepts and terms as foundation, students performed in-depth research and analysis, as well as created 3D models of ancient architecture to represent their learning in the projects shown above. Most importantly, all this happened in Mandarin!

While students practiced their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Mandarin, they also developed strong critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. In addition, by working in teams, students were able to innovate and collaborate by brainstorming ideas together to come up with creative solutions to challenging problems.


Children working on a school project.