5th Grader Ylias G. Takes 1st Prize at PGL Dictée Finals!

We are very proud to announce that ISTP 5th grader Ylias G. recently won 1st prize in his region in the 2017 La Dictée PGL Finals in Montréal, Canada! Ylias was one of only 80 students, out of hundreds of thousands of francophone students who...

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Guest Blogger Ya-Ching Chang: 4th Grade Cultural Exchange and Experiential Learning in China

4th Graders in the Chinese Program traveled to China for a 10-day cultural exchange trip to experience Chinese life and culture firsthand. Students explored Hangzhou and Shanghai, lived with Chinese host families, and attended Qiu Shi Elementary...

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Guest Bloggers Chu Hsi Tseng & Shu Chun Tai: An Inquiry-Based Approach to Chinese Language and Literacy

As we have incorporated more and more inquiry-based learning into our 2nd grade classrooms, we have focused on harnessing our students’ natural curiosity to build up and reinforce their Chinese language and literacy skills. We want our students...

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Year of the Rooster Performances Showcase Students’ Cultural Literacy

School performances are always a highlight for parents, and they give students a chance to gain confidence as they take a turn in the spotlight. ISTP’s Chinese New Year Performances are even more special, because they allow students to share...

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ISTP Students Take Top Honors at Chinese Speech Contest

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2016 San Francisco Chinese Speech Contest, sponsored by the Chinese Language Teachers Association of California (CLTAC), that took place on Saturday, April 23.  Twenty ISTP students took top honors in the...

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5th Grade Cultural Exchange Trip: Exploring Taipei

The Chinese Program 5th Graders are in Taiwan for a 10-day cultural exchange trip. Students are exploring Taipei, living with Chinese host families, and attending Gao Yuan Elementary School with their Chinese peers. Chinese Program Teacher Cindy...

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Guest Bloggers Heidi Smith and Ya-Ching Chang: Inquiry Learning in 3rd Grade English and Chinese

When we develop lessons, we always try to keep our school’s mission in mind, and strive to create curricula that develop students’ international consciousness, helping them make connections across disciplines, languages, and cultures.

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Guest Blogger Cécile Roques: Pre-K Music, Pre-Reading, and Art Inspired by “Peter and the Wolf”

This winter, my Pre-K French class has been working on a unit centered on the classic children’s musical composition, “Peter and the Wolf, by Sergei Prokofiev. “Peter and the Wolf” is a unique and memorable work because it tells a story through...

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The International Adventures of the Lee Family – Switching Programs but Keeping the Same ISTP Spirit

As an international school, it is not uncommon for our families to move overseas. Still, when former ISTP Board Chair Peter Lee’s family moved to Paris for four years for his work, it was significant because we were losing a family whose deep...

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Attention Professional Translators: Are you Smarter than an ISTP Third Grader?

ISTP 3rd graders Weston M. and Monika P. worked as professional translators, using their Chinese skills to complete a paid project for a technical document translation company.  The children were the final proof readers for the Chinese...

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