Mandarin Language & Cultural Center is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1992, and a member of the ANCCS (Association of Northern California Chinese Schools) committee. Our mission revolves around teaching of the Chinese language, preservation of Chinese culture, and promotion of understanding and communication between Chinese Americans and people of various ethnic groups. The board of directors consists of five members. Aside from the Principal, the school administration department also includes the curriculum team, finance and registration division, all of which are professional staff. More than half of the 50 faculty members hold Master’s degrees in Language studies and are experienced instructors. 1,100 students ranging from age 4 through 12th grade attend class every weekend.
The course materials used include textbooks provided by the OCAC and college materials published here in the U.S. Our teaching staff accommodates the needs of students from abroad, working together to develop appropriate homework and reading assignments. Meetings are held regularly so that faculty may share and learn from each other’s teaching experiences, effectively raising educational standards. Faculty is also encouraged to participate in various teacher’s workshops and/or courses. A library with access to the latest editions of teaching materials and textbooks is provided to the faculty. The importance of reading comprehension is stressed, and aside from the textbook, all students are given access to additional reading material through the student library. To encourage vocabulary learning, the school holds basic phrase evaluation twice a year to peak student interest.