Mandarin is a group of related languages spoken in China. It has several dialects, including standard Mandarin (or standard Chinese), spoken in Bejing, and several northern dialects, spoken across northern China. Mandarin is a tonal language, meaning speaking its words with different tones or pitches (like in music) can change their meanings.
There are plenty of private schools in Canada that teach the Mandarin language. These schools offer a first-rate education, and teach one or more Mandarin dialects, sometimes starting as early as preschool. This includes Mandarin schools in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and Ottawa.
There are many different kinds of Mandarin schools in Canada. You should consider which option best meets your child’s needs, in terms of both your goals for language learning and for general academics.
At a Mandarin language school, your child will be in an exclusively Mandarin environment, which includes everything from academics to the social community. All courses are taught in this language, except for English arts. If your child has experience with the language of Mandarin, or this is their first language, this may be a good option for them.
This type of school is meant to provide a comprehensive Mandarin education to children whose first language isn’t Mandarin. Following the relevant provincial curriculum (such as that of Ontario), a Mandarin immersion school offers either all or most courses in Mandarin, with the exception of English arts. This type of school customizes education for Mandarin second-language students.
These bilingual schools have a dual-language environment. They normally offer around half their courses in Mandarin and half in English, though there are other models. Bilingual, Mandarin-English schools are a nice fit for Mandarin second-language students or those who simply want to become fluent speakers of this language.
Some schools don’t have have an immersive or bilingual Mandarin program, but offer courses that teach Mandarin. This includes courses at many different grade and proficiency levels, including introductory, intermediate, and advanced Mandarin. You might consider one of these schools for your child if they’re interested in learning the basic or more refined features of this language.
Mandarin schools have plenty of benefits. Some of these are similar to those of other types of language schools and bilingual schools.
Five key benefits of bilingual programs
“In the last 20 years or so, there's been a virtual explosion of research on bilingualism," says Judith Kroll, a professor at the University of California. Research has found the benefits include enhanced:
Yet there are other benefits to language learning and bilingualism, some of which are especially characteristic of Mandarin schools. They include:
Below, we list private Mandarin schools in Canada. This includes Mandarin language and immersion schools, and schools with Mandarin courses and bilingual English-Mandarin programs. Click on a school profile to learn more about it, including its cost, location, and the type of Mandarin program it offers.
Momentum Montessori (est. 2016)
Children absorb multiple languages, music & develop sports skills VERY easily. Momentum Montessori is a multilingual school exposing kids (1.5 - 6 yrs) to multiple languages, sports & music like no other program. [View profile]
|$8,000 to $20,000
||Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed||8000|
The Dalton School (est. 2012)
The Dalton School is a dual-language English/Mandarin school that is warm, stimulating, and multi-cultural. The school exposes children from JK to Grade Eight to new ways of thinking, learning, analyzing and perceiving. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
|Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed||22250|
|$13,750 to $24,000
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed||13750|
Blooming Lives Montessori (est. 2017)
Blooming Lives Montessori celebrates and nurtures the sense of curiosity of each child, supports them in exploring their expanding capabilities and guides them into their thriving potentials. [View profile]
School Expo Exhibitor - Toronto
|$5,300 to $16,200
||Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed||5300|
Canada Star Secondary School (est. 2016)
Canada Star Secondary's vision is to provide superior academic opportunities that allow our students to develop interests, pursue passions, and to follow the path to success and admission to top-ranked universities. [View profile]
|$14,800 to $27,800
||HighSchools Homestay Day Homestay Coed||14800|
|$7,000 to $13,250
||Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed||7000|
|$11,950 to $13,900
||Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed||11950|
|$19,719 to $22,469
||Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed||19719|