Monday, October 1, 2012
An iPad intro to Mandarin (Sun-Times Media)
STREAMWOOD — There were no iPads in sight for most of the class period Friday at the World Languages and International Studies Academy at Streamwood High School.
Just pencils and paper and nerves as freshmen corrected the word order in sentences, finished writing prompts and supplied the Chinese characters that went with the Pinyin spellings on the first test for students in the academy’s Mandarin Chinese course.
The course itself is another first this school year, not only for Elgin School District U46 but also at any of the high schools in the Elgin area — and the first in the district to rely solely on an iPad textbook.
And its first month has been “very good,” according to Mandarin instructor Lina Li.
“I think the students are very interested in studying the language and culture. So far, everybody’s doing well,” Li said.
For the rest of the story, read An iPad intro to Mandarin (Sun-Times Media).
Photo credit: Michael Smart for Sun-Times Media.