Why Mandarin Matters:
Wayland Public Schools is committed to ensuring that our students are ready to meet the challenges of a shifting global paradigm by offering the opportunity to participate in an immersion exchange program to China. The most efficient and realistic way to build Mandarin comprehension and oral skills is to live and study in Beijing. In the fall, Wayland Exchange participants will be expected to host a student or teacher from our sister school, and in turn, will be hosted by that student's family. In the spring, Wayland students will spend 6 weeks immersed in the nuances of daily living and attending school in Beijing.
Participants tour historical sites and temples in and around Beijing, and attend classes in Mandarin language, Calligraphy, Cultural Handcraft and Art, and Martial Arts.
The goals of the Wayland-Jingshan Yuanyang Branch Exchange Program are to promote cultural understanding through personal relationships, dispel stereotypes, and develop global leaders with the knowledge and sensitivity required to engage in productive worldwide relations.