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Meet Junfang Lan, New Mandarin Chinese Teacher at East, Central

A native of Longyou, Zhejiang Province in Eastern China, Lan obtained her master's degree in education from UW-Platteville in 2006. When she's not teaching, Lan loves cooking and sharing her Chinese recipes.

About 30 new teachers, plus new administrators and other staff, are joining the Elmbrook School District this year, and Brookfield Patch is introducing some to the community as the 2012-13 school year gets underway.

You can read their stories here.

Today, we feature new  teacher Junfang Lan.

Teaching assignment: I will teach Mandarin Chinese at Brookfield East High School in the Fall semester, Central High in the spring semester and Hamilton High School throughout the whole academic year.

Hometown, current community: I am from Longyou, Zhejiang Province, Eastern China. Currently I reside in Menomonee Falls.

Education, experience: I was graduated from UW-Platteville in 2006 with MA in Education. I taught Chinese as Second Language in Yiwu Industrial and Commercial College in China between 2006-2010. After I came to the U.S., I continued my teaching career as a private Chinese tutor and substitute teacher at University School of Milwaukee.

Why did you choose Elmbrook? I’ve heard a lot of good things about Elmbrook from my friends who teach Mandarin Chinese in Wisconsin. After my first week of teaching in Brookfield East High School, I really love this place. All the staffs are very helpful and offer help wholeheartedly. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year in Elmbrook.

Hobbies: I love cooking, especially Chinese food. I enjoy the satisfied faces when my friends eat my food and they love it.

Favorite vacation: My favorite vacation I’ve taken was the trip to the Big Island of Hawaii in the summer of 2011. The view there is so different and amazing. My husband and I enjoy every minute there.

Gene Singleton September 14, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Kudos to the new Mandarin Chinese program and the new teacher ! This is to suggest that we can integrate Mandarin Chinese dubbed movies into the curriculum. The movies come with both Mandarin Chinese or English audio, AND English or Chinese subtitles to help kids understand better while not getting lost in translation. Search Chinese dubbed movies in Google, and you should find movies such as Toy Story, Beauty and the Beast, Home Alone, Finding Nemo, or even Harry Potter, High School Musical, and The Chronicles of Narnia, or The Pursuit of Happyness for people doing business with Chinese companies. Kids can even learn American history by watching Chinese dubbed Gone With The Wind, National Treasure, and others. The best thing these are the movies the kids have been watching already, and now with Mandarin Chinese conversation, and English subtitles, that really makes learning fun, and more efficient. There is also a great benefit when you use Mandarin Chinese dubbed movies. Our kids were in the Mandarin Chinese speech competition last year. At the suggestion of their coach, the team started watching these movies, and benefited greatly. They learned how the conversations are conducted in Mandarin Chinese, but with the content they are familiar with already. Google "Chinese dubbed" or "Chinese dubbed movies", and you can find such great sources. Believe me, kids can have great Mandarin Chinese immersion with these movies. Mandarin Bees Program

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