ActiveChinese Grabs the Spotlight in Independent Study Course

September 23, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
Redding, CT, September 2007 – ActiveChinese, Inc., the San Francisco-based leading provider of Mandarin eLearning solutions for corporations, schools, and individuals, has grabbed the spotlight at a Connecticut school with its innovative online Mandarin program. Joel Barlow High School has started using ActiveChinese’s courseware as the centerpiece of a unique endeavor: an independent study course featuring both the teacher and students learning Mandarin alongside each other.

Sandra VanAusdal, an experienced teacher in the high school’s foreign language department, took an innovative approach in meeting the soaring demand of Mandarin language instruction in American schools. Every day, both she and her students enter an interactive virtual classroom, the creative focal point of ActiveChinese’s online lessons. From the flash animated curriculum to the multimedia resources on ActiveChinese’s website, Mrs. Van Ausdal is able to motivate her students to study a seemingly difficult language and have fun in the process.

“Colorful graphics, an entertaining storyline and a variety of exercises that address speaking, listening, reading and writing-all within a cultural context-keep us active.” says Mrs. Van Ausdal. “It's an exciting way to learn a difficult language!” The addition of ActiveChinese as a learning tool has added a new flexibility to foreign language teaching. It presents an opportunity for both teachers and students to learn a language simultaneously. As they use the virtual classroom to study and review material together, the instructor gains a deeper understanding of each student’s progress and learning needs.

ActiveChinese’s School Edition can also be used in the classroom as a way to diversify the traditional curriculum. Educators and students can take advantage of the wide range of resources available on ActiveChinese’s website ( to enhance their teaching and learning experience and take advantage of the technological breakthroughs in second language acquisition.

For more information about how ActiveChinese can integrate eLearning into your school’s curriculum, please contact

ActiveChinese is a San Francisco-based company incorporated in 2005. It's our mission to make the Chinese language accessible to corporations, schools, and individuals. At ActiveChinese, our lessons go above and beyond traditional language learning by combining practical real-life situations with useful cultural insights, helping you bridge the gap between Chinese culture and your own. In addition, our course offers the unique opportunity to study both on and offline. We strive to bring you the latest in mobile learning with our wide variety of on-the-go resources, including mp3 and mp4 downloads. .