Posts about Mandarin

December 14, 2018

Why Mandarin?

This blog has been repurposed from the BASIS.ed blog with a few minor changes, which you can find here

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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 23, 2016

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


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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February 2, 2016

Mandarin at BASIS Independent

To those who know her, Mandarin teacher Na Fan needs no introduction. She's pretty famous in our corridors and among our families for not only being a multi-talented role model for our students (have you seen her work in fashion?!), but also an astounding educator who has played an integral role in establishing our booming Mandarin program. After acting as our sole Mandarin teacher, she was joined by the stellar Kafele Kossally, Alex Chen, Ran Xu and the list keeps growing.

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