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Looking for a Mandarin program that your children will love?

Elephant Mandarin is a play-based language program, crafted for children. Our mission is to design engaging learning programs for children to explore, experience, and learn a language that is new to them or part of their heritage.

Spring Season Registration is OPEN NOW, Sign up  HERE

We Offer

A perfect opportunity for you and your child, or a school classroom, to experience what an Elephant Mandarin class could be like while enjoying one hour of fun together. We craft each lesson plan and curate the learning context for  the children to discover the language through creating, playing and sharing, and have a memorable experience. 


Our current programs are designed for children between 4 and 6 years old. And we are gaining momentum for group class for older age groups as well. We start with speaking through story telling and music. We also get children familiar with the characters through games and crafts so they have a full introductory experience with the language, utilizing all senses, while exercising different learning muscles. Support is also available to parents  to help their young learners along the way. To register our Spring program at Trout Lake Community Centre starting April 10, 2014 (introductory price applied), please click on ‘Group Classes’.

Elephant Mandarin recognizes that family needs and learning context vary. We are experienced in designing completely customized private lessons with learning aid that can be integrated to your family life. We would conduct an assessing session with the parent(s) and children, and then develop a plan with benchmarks to create a valuable experience for the whole family! A quote will be provided with payment terms that adapts to your family arrangement. We are scheduling assessing appointments till  March 28, 2014 for private lessons that start  April 2014. Contact us soon!

Parents Say

I was impressed how wonderful Shelley was with the kids and how she kept the ‘almost 5’ year olds absolutely spellbound for an hour!! Weeks after, my daughter still remembers and shouts out her favorite words that she learnt in the session.
Galya, Parent.
Shelley was able to connect and build the rapport with the kids right away. She is very friendly and articulate.
Maikel, Parent
It’s a fun and active way to learn Chinese, and the instructor is creative and humorous. My son said he liked it!
Laura, Parent.
I really like the ‘flow’ of the lesson, the progression from listening to speaking to reading and writing.
Sara, Parent
About Us

Principal Instructor, Shelley Xu, made Vancouver her home and has been teaching Mandarin to children since 2007. She engages children with story based games, art creation, sounds and movements.

During her academic research on cultural revitalization, business administration and process optimization for corporate teams and non-profit organizations, Shelley was very often grateful for her assets of being able to explore the possibilities and mediate through two languages – Chinese and English – that sometimes function as mirrors to each other, and some other times provide her with out-of-the-box perspectives.

We are more and more tightly connected into ONE community with mixed cultural roots. How should we pass the skill to express ourselves and build relationships with others via language? How do we translate the outlooks of life from different cultures to our next generation? How do we preserve the knowledge, the wisdom and let creativity grow at the same time?

Shelley embarks on a journey, with an advisory board of Early Childhood Educators, School Administrators, Business Advisors, and Artists to answer those questions through crafting the best programs for each child and family to learn Mandarin.  And we invite you to join us, with your children, to explore the possibilities and fun that  language can offer!


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If you have questions, would like to sign up, or would like more information please feel free to contact us!

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