Posts about Foreign Language

September 27, 2016

The China Press Features BASIS Independent Brooklyn

Earlier this year, Mandarin teacher Ms. Fan was invited to bring a small group of BASIS Independent Brooklyn students to the Chinese Embassy as part of an outreach program to area schools. The Embassy hosted students from local schools with a focus on Mandarin language instruction. There were presentations in Mandarin and conversations encouraged between embassy staff and the students.

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May 25, 2016

BASIS Independent Brooklyn Students Excel on National Spanish & Latin Exams

It feels good to be recognized for your hard work, doesn't it?

It is no secret that our students and teachers work so incredibly hard over the course of the school year. As such, it has been a delight to share with our readers more than a few instances of our students receiving impressive validation for their work from people and organizations outside of BASIS Independent. We're so excited to share this news with you that we'll cut to the chase:

Our students demonstrated exceptional performance on this year's National Latin Exam and National Spanish Exam! These exams test knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, and culture through listening and reading comprehension and are taken by middle and high school students across the Anglophone world. 

NATIONAL LATIN EXAM

  • Four of our middle school Latin students received perfect scores on the Intro Latin exam, putting them in the top 2% of over 140,000 test-takers. 
  • 28% of test-takers received ribbons denoting their placement in the 90th percentile or above.
  • 100% of our Latin I exam test-takers received medals, including two gold medals, awarded to students scoring 90% and above.
  • BASIS Independent Brooklyn had the most perfect scores of any other school in Brooklyn!

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May 23, 2016

Meet Our Faculty and Staff: Alex Chen, Mandarin Subject Expert Teacher

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Alex Chen is a bona fide language enthusiast! Prior to joining our teaching staff he taught Mandarin at PS 9 and PS 166, and worked with QTalk Publishing to develop the QTalk method being used worldwide to teach many languages, including in BASIS Independent Brooklyn classrooms.
 
Having earned a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering from Shanghai University in China in 2009, he went on to earn a Master's Degree in Nuclear Engineering with a full scholarship from the same university in 2012.

Between undergraduate and graduate study, Mr. Chen volunteered for one year in Tibet, teaching Mandarin and math, organizing cultural events, and administering community surveys. "The volunteering experience made me realize that I receive great joy from helping others and being an educator. And I have always been passionate about learning languages.

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