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Shared Reading Helps Young Children Acquire Second Language

Friday, August 11, 2017

Co-hosted by Yale Center Beijing and Yale Club of Beijing.

Time and Location

Friday, 08/11/2017

Yale Center Beijing
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong’anli Station, Exit C)

The Event

If a child can acquire a second language through enough target language input, can we help them do so through shared reading in the target language? Using personal experiences and examples in her school community, Dr. Wang will share with parents the possibilities and tips on helping young children acquire a second language through shared reading of children's books at home.

The Speaker

Dr. Gan Wang
Yale Ph.D. '99, Founder of The Little Oak Children's House in Beijing

Gan received her B.A. and M.A. from Peking University and Ph.D. in anthropology from Yale University. After returning to China, she founded an experimental preschool, The Little Oak Children’s House, in 2001, where progressive education ideas are practiced. She also has been working on equity issues in early childhood education in rural China.

In addition to school management and teaching, Gan does teacher training, parent workshops, curriculum development, and writes on related topics. She also serves on various non-profit boards, including Social Venture Partners International and the progressive independent school The Putney School in Vermont, USA. Gan is also the vice president of the China Orff-Schulwerk Association.

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