Seattle: Math lessons in Mandarin? Local schools go global

Francis Hult francis.hult at
Mon Apr 5 20:51:18 UTC 2010

The Seattle Times


Math lessons in Mandarin? Local schools go global


For nearly an hour, no one speaks a word of English in this first-grade math class.

Not the teacher, Ying Ying Wu, who talks energetically in Mandarin's songlike tones.

Not the students - 6- and 7-year-olds who seem to follow along fine, even though only one speaks Mandarin at home.


Even the math test has been translated, by Wu, into Chinese characters.

At Beacon Hill International School, many students learn a second language along with their ABCs by spending half of each school day immersed in Mandarin Chinese or Spanish.


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