Ashland University Offers Mandarin Academic Enrichment Program for Children

10/18/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Beginning in January 2012, the Ashland University International Program Division will be offering an after-school enrichment and language immersion program for children in grades 1-5 to help better prepare them for high school and college.

According to program director Jennifer Guegold, the Mandarin Academic Enrichment Program will have three main goals.

"First, the program will aim to help students complete their homework by the time they leave each day. Second, the program instructors will strive to provide advanced academic activities that go beyond what the students receive during their regular school day. Third, our Chinese Mandarin teacher will create an environment of Mandarin immersion for 45 minutes each day," she said.

The Mandarin Program will be located in the Schar College of Education Building on the Ashland University campus. Early childhood education students from Ashland University, as well as a Chinese language specialist will also be on staff.

Parents will be able to drop off their children at the Schar College of Education from 3:20 to 3:30 in the afternoon and then pick them up between 5:20 and 5:30 that evening. The Mandarin Program will run Monday through Friday on all days when Ashland City Schools are in session.

The cost is $100 per month per student. Space is limited and enrollment will be accepted through Nov. 15. For more information or to request an application, please contact Guegold at<> or 214-287-9446.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report's National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (<>) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.