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Archive for March 2015

How Bilingualism Affects Children’s Beliefs

From Concordia University: Most young children are essentialists: They believe that human and animal characteristics are innate. That kind of reasoning can lead them to think that traits like native language and clothing preference are intrinsic rather than acquired.   But a new study from Concordia suggests that certain bilingual kids are more likely to understand that…

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HWIS featured in People’s Daily

HWIS students were recently featured in the print edition of the Chinese newspaper People’s Daily. For English translation, see below.   American Kids recite “The Ballad of Mulan” In the afternoon of March 8th, 36 American kids used Chinese to recite the Ballad of Mulan at the New York Lincoln Center.  Young and adorable voices…

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HWIS students featured on Xinhuanet

Local children rehearse chanting “The Ballad of Mulan”, a Chinese poem eulogizing Hua Mulan, the legendary woman warrior in Chinese ancient history, ahead of the Chinese dance show Legend of Mulan at the Lincoln Center in New York, the United States, March 8, 2015. Read more: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2015-03/09/c_1114563544.htm

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HWIS students featured on Asia Society website

On March 8, 2015, 35 students, ages 4 to 12, had the opportunity to participate in the opening ballad, in Mandarin Chinese, for Hong Kong Dance Company’s final performance of “The Legend of Mulan” at Lincoln Center’s David Koch Theater in New York City. This was the Company’s first engagement outside of China. Read more:…

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HWIS featured on SinoVision TV network

Recently our Mandarin immersion program was featured on the U.S.-based Chinese language television network SinoVision. Produced in Chinese, it is a general discussion about the trend of Mandarin immersion, featuring many of our NYC K-3 and 4 year old students, staff and teachers prominently.

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The Saakumu Dance and Drum Troupe visits HWIS

Saakumu Dance and Drum Troupe

On March 19, 2015, the Saakumu Dance and Drum Troupe from Ghana, West Africa visited our NY location with an energetic and upbeat African culture and music performance!  The children and teachers danced with them, learning about the drums and culture. The authentic drums, costumes and songs were unforgettable!  

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HWIS students celebrate Read Across America Week

Read Across America Week

This week HWIS students participated in Read Across America Week celebrating Dr. Seuss classics such as The Cat in the Hat, Wacky Wednesday, Green Eggs and Ham, and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. In 1997 an organization known as the National Education Associate (NEA) pushed for a special day to celebrate reading…

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Chinese as a second language growing in popularity

From CCTV America: Guess what the former Australian Prime minister, Kevin Rudd; the successful entrepreneur, Mark Zuckerberg and the U.S. President Obama’s daughter, Malia Obama have in common? They all take Chinese as their second language. The study of the Chinese language opens the way to different important fields such as Chinese politics, economy, business opportunities,…

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