Jennifer Chang, MBA, B.Ed.
WHO WE ARE
Toronto Mandarin School has been providing top-quality Mandarin Chinese language instruction to children, youth, adults, businesses and organizations for the past 15 years. In the beginning, we started with only 23 students. Now we boast 80 teachers, 56 courses, over 1000 students and 7 locations.
Our primary goal is to teach our students Putonghua (Standard Mandarin), modern Chinese phonetic system (Hanyu pinyin), and simplified Chinese characters, using the official language system of Mainland China. And in doing so, we accomplish our Mission: To share and educate others about the Chinese language and culture, thereby encouraging a broader understanding and appreciation of the world beyond our borders.
Please view our extensive list of classes, locations and schedules under Programs.
WHY CHOOSE OUR SCHOOL
The teachers at Toronto Mandarin School are committed to providing every student with an optimal environment for learning the language and experiencing the culture. We guarantee results because we have the following:
Our certified, professional educators are native speakers from mainland China. They are experienced in working with different age groups and teaching Mandarin in a Western cultural context.
The curriculum and our methods for teaching Mandarin are based on an understanding that the language will be taught as a second language. We also take into account individual needs and use various teaching strategies to encourage active learning. For example, role play and studying common phrases, used on a daily basis, makes learning more interesting, relevant and fun. For example, role play exercises and focus on commonly-used phrases, makes learning more interesting, relevant and fun.
We collaborate with overseas educators and educational publishers to develop Mandarin learning materials that are written for foreigners who are interested in learning Mandarin as a second language. We also develop various supplementary materials to meet our students’ unique needs.
We support our students by offering a 24/7 hotline/email, free language-exchange partners and cultural immersion experiences, which ultimately enhance the learning process.
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Both our children has attended JINGBAO™ Downtown since they were 18 - 20 month old. We do not speak any Mandarin at home but we strongly felt that it is the language that our kids should be exposed to. We love JINGBAO™ - the structured approach, the social and academical development and of course the fluency that our children have in Mandarin. When they play at home I hear them talk to each out in Mandarin, they sing songs and even talk in their sleep in Mandarin. We are extremely happy with the SMILE program as well - it allows us to keep the language even after we finished the JK/SK. I would highly recommend JINGBAO™ to anybody interested in quality child care and language development.
Lauren and Rachel have been at JINGBAO™ for over two and a half years. Enrolling them at JINGBAO™ is a decision we have never regretted, as we have seen them develop into bilingual young girls, easily transitioning between English and Mandarin. When they play together, they are often heard speaking only Mandarin. In fact, one of their favourite games is to try to teach Mandarin to their non-Mandarin speaking parents. In addition to the language skills they have developed, we are also extremely impressed with the overall curriculum with its emphasis on Math, phonics, social skills and cultural education. The teachers at JINGBAO™ provide a warm, caring and enriching environment at the centre, which definitely helps our children realize their potential.
Our experience at JINGBAO™ has been excellent in every regard. We enrolled our daughter in 2014 when she was three years old. Being second-generation Chinese Canadians, it was important to us to expose our children to their heritage. The teachers told us that after three months, we could expect our child to start speaking a few Chinese words. We were skeptical, but sure enough, she started to do this. By the end of the first year, her comprehension of Mandarin was excellent and she was able to say basic phrases and sing numerous classical Mandarin children’s songs. Her knowledge of the Chinese language increased even more dramatically over her second year at Jingbao. Today, she is completely bilingual and can read simple Chinese storybooks. Her younger brother is now also a student at the school and his Mandarin too is progressing very well. The teachers at JINGBAO™ are absolutely amazing. They go above and beyond to ensure that the children are stimulated intellectually, physically and emotionally. They take their jobs extremely seriously and their commitment to the students’ learning and development is unbelievable. As parents, we truly feel that enrolling our kids in Jingbao was the best decision we have ever made.
We became sure we have made a good decision choosing JINGBAO™ shortly after our son’s transfer there. He’s happy going in the morning and reluctant to leave JINGBAO™ at the end of the day. He loved his teachers and he made lots of friends. He progressed in all areas. He had much less cold in the winter because teachers made sure kids are kept warm going out. By the time he graduated from daycare, he spoke fluent Mandarin. He recognized up to 100 written words and he started to write. He is happy, active, sociable, independent and academically strong – everything I wished he could achieve in prep for elementary school. Our second child came to JINGBAO™ at the earliest age they could take her. By then my daughter was still clumsy at walking and she cried a lot in the local daycare. JINGBAO™ practically became her second home. Shortly thereafter, she brightened up and became the sweetest happy girl. She was a very sensitive child who needed a lot of love and support, and we feel JINGBAO™ teachers provided the most essential thing she, or any toddler most needed. We have no reservation to give our highest regards, appreciation and recommendations to this group of hardworking and caring teachers at JINGBAO™. We hope and we believe more kids will thrive and succeed in JINGBAO™ as our children do.
I've started studying Chinese at Toronto Mandarin School this year, and I've been very impressed with their high level of professionalism. Everyone is very friendly and welcoming, and it feels like you're part of a family. The teacher knows a lot about Chinese language and culture, and puts a lot of heart into teaching, and the way she explains everything is really great. She makes it very easy for me to understand and pick up the concepts. Would definitely recommend!
Our daughter, Catherine has been enrolled at JINGBAO™ when she was 20 month old. There are many reasons we would like Catherine to continue the program at JINGBAO™. JINGBAO™ is very enriched with Mandarin language, but also well balanced with other subjects and developments of social skills. We are very satisfied with how much Catherine has learned at JINGBAO™. We are very proud of Catherine could communicate with Mandarin. Catherine loves music, likes to play with other kids, enjoy reading books. Every morning when Catherine wake up she will ask us: “ Are we going to the daycare?” Thank you very much, the staff at JINGBAO™. We are very grateful for your effort and your love to these little angels.
“I have been studying Mandarin as a beginner at Toronto Mandarin School for about a year. In about a year, I can now write more than 2000 characters and speak fluently with my Chinese friends! My teacher is fantastic and funny. The small class size of 3-5 students benefits a lot. It provides me plenty of opportunities to practice in class. The “Mandarin Corner” on every Friday night is an excellent opportunity to help me use and practice the new words and phrases in different contexts. Here is what I write in Chinese for anyone who wants to learn Mandarin: 学中文最重要的是不怕说话。你必须练习你学习的东西，把它们用到别的地方。你需要背新的单词。 在Toronto Mandarin School, 你有很多的练习机会，比如在课堂上，或是星期五的汉语角。 我最后想告诉你们的秘诀是：如果你努力，你就会成功！”