Teaching and Learning at All Ages: Friendship Village Residents Learn Mandarin from Teenage Instructor

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), October 7, 2016 | Go to article overview

Teaching and Learning at All Ages: Friendship Village Residents Learn Mandarin from Teenage Instructor


Byline: Ivy Marketing Group

Maegan Jong has learned at a very young age about "the importance and beauty of sharing and learning." The 15-year old resident of Palatine spent the summer teaching Mandarin to residents of Friendship Village in Schaumburg.

Maegan, who is a sophomore at William Fremd High School explained that her parents immigrated from Taiwan, and thus, she grew up in a Mandarin Chinese-speaking household. "I was privileged to be immersed in two cultures at once. My perspective and knowledge of Chinese was widened. I hoped to bring the seniors at Friendship Village a similar experience," she said.

Maegan recalled first learning about the senior living community while she was a student at the Chicago Northwest Suburban Chinese School. "I performed traditional Chinese dances for residents at Friendship Village to celebrate the Chinese New Year. My first impression of the elders was that they were caring, welcoming and interested in Chinese culture. Their enthusiasm to discover more about Chinese inspired me to teach the language at Friendship Village," she said.

Maegan was then able to watch her older sister teach Mandarin at Friendship Village several years ago. "Even though I was little back then, about nine, I was truly fascinated by the positive impact my sister was making for the elders. The memory of fun and enjoyable classes remains vivid in my mind to this day. Inspired to similarly make a difference in my community, I enthusiastically planned on teaching and volunteering at Friendship Village once I was old enough," she said. "I learned that volunteering at Friendship Village meant more than just doing community service. It's truly making a difference in these seniors' lives."

"I was also motivated because I saw teaching Chinese as an opportunity to demonstrate that learning is not exclusive to the youth. I wanted to prove that despite the age, learning is always possible. Learning should never stop, and individuals can always discover new knowledge. As a current student myself, I understand how crucial education is to challenge our minds and broaden our perspectives of this world," Maegan said.

Maegan's classes were full of fun and a careful balance of "language and culture," she explained. "I wanted to engage the seniors, for example, challenging them to say their birthdays in Chinese and rewarding them with Chinese gifts such as a red envelope when they completed it. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Teaching and Learning at All Ages: Friendship Village Residents Learn Mandarin from Teenage Instructor
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.