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Born in China -- Screening for LAUSD Mandarin Immersion Students

On April 4, 2017, students from six LAUSD schools with Mandarin Immersion programs visited the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for a special screening of Disneynature's Born in China , a nature documentary that tells the stories of love, survival, struggle, and growth of four families of animals native to China -- golden snub-nosed monkeys, snow leopards, chiru, and, of course, pandas. The film was screened in its original version: Mandarin language voice narration and subtitles, challenging students to put their language skills into practice.

Pure and Honest Folk Treasure: Art of Fengxiang Clay Sculpture

Fengxiang County is located in the Western Guanzhong Plain, unearthed tombs of the spring and autumn dynasty, the Warring States, Han and Tang Dynasties all have clay funerary figurines, from which we can know the long history of clay sculpture. Fengxiang painted clay sculpture is a kind of folk art in Fengxiang county, Shaanxi province, China.

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Instructional Guide for Mandarin

California's World Language Content Standards (WLCS) not only provide language educators with a list of suggested lesson topics (e.g., Animals, Families,  Travel), but also promotes a new methodology for language teaching.  This methodology moves away from translation-focused language teaching towards one aimed at building strong communication skills and cultural knowledge to allow students to effectively interact with speakers of Chinese.

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