The NCVPS Super Student Award is for students who have gone above and beyond the course requirements and as a result have enriched the content, class dynamic, their own learning, their classmates’ learning, and even their teacher’s learning.
“I want to attend a good college and major in perhaps East Asian studies and something else with that. My dream is to either work as an interpreter/translator, an ESL teacher abroad, or to work with refugees.” –Alejandro F.
“Alejandro’s hobby is learning foreign languages. Before he started this course in January, he self-studied Mandarin Chinese for about a month. He does show clearly his passion on his assignments and worksheets. His worksheets are mostly 100 points and typed neatly. He never missed a due date. He likes to use different sentence structures and vocabulary introduced in previous lessons as he practices on his assignments, whereas most of the students only used the same kind throughout the entire assignment.” –Judy Chen, NCVPS Mandarin Chinese Teacher
Advice for Online Students
My advice to other students is to plan your time! With after school activities and other stuff going on in life, it can be difficult to find the time to get all of your assignments done; however, by planning out your time, you can make it work. Having two coaching sessions bi-weekly gave me a push to better organize my time to be a productive student.
My three favorite sites include Duolingo, Memrise, and Youtube. Duolingo and Memrise (both also have their own apps) are absolutely great for anyone wanting to learn a new language! As a language enthusiast, I spend most of my free time on either site, learning and enriching my foreign language skills. I like Youtube because it offers easy access to lots of videos in languages I want to practice listening to, music, lessons, etc.
Gadgets and Things
My favorite gadget is my smartphone. It allows me easily be in touch with my friends and family around the world. It is also a great tool for me to learn on-the-go. Improving technology had made it so much easier to stay in contact with my family in El Salvador.
This semester, my goal for this class was to lay a strong foundation for beginning to learn the Chinese language. I definitely achieved this goal for myself, and I look forward to learning more in higher level classes.
I speak two languages with native fluency (English and Spanish), French at a conversational level, and Mandarin Chinese and Vietnamese at a beginner level. I have plans to learn even more languages such as Arabic, Korean, Japanese, Russian, just to name a few.
My favorite book series would have to be The Series of Unfortunate Events; it’s my childhood favorite. I prefer e-books simply for the convenience of being able to read anywhere, even in the dark.
My favorite artist is French jazz singer Zaz. I love French music!
My favorite TV show is the J-drama 日本人の知らない日本語 (The Japanese The Japanese Don’t Know), a comedy that also teaches essential cultural and insightful aspects about the Japanese language.
My family is originally from El Salvador, and although I was born here in the U.S, I have strong cultural ties to my patria. Viva El Salvador!
“My experience with NCVPS was great! This was my first time taking an online class with this site, and I’m glad I did. Mandarin Chinese is not offered at my school, so the ability to have been able to take it online is awesome!”–Alejandro F.