Michele Wong McSween is the author of My First Mandarin Words with Gordon & Li Li. As a fourth generation Chinese American, Michele wanted to be sure her sons were confident with the Chinese language and culture. After enrolling them in early learning Mandarin classes, McSween looked for engaging Mandarin books and found little was available. She created Gordon & Li Li with an appealing, simple, modern design aesthetic that would engage kids and parents alike. Gordon & Li Li is an adorable and informative must-have first words book for any family who wanted to get little ones excited to open the door to learning a second language—and future language success!
Michele’s energetic, lively, and animated personality encourages little ones and adults to participate during her engaging presentation. By the end of her presentation, participants will learn everyday words, animals, and how to count in Mandarin!
Michele’s first career was a fashion designer for Old Navy and holds degrees from University of California at Berkeley and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and three sons. Her website is: www.gordonandlili.com. Follow Michele on Instagram @gordonandlili.
Learn Mandarin With Gordon & Li Li
Michele's energetic call and response introduces the 4 tones of the Mandarin language to her little audience. She brings props (items, animals, iPad Animal app) to bring the words in Mandarin to life and encourages everyone to use their fingers for counting. Michele ends with Gordon & Li Li coloring sheets and/or a simple art project.
Michele begins with her story of why and how she created Gordon & Li Li. She encourages the students’ participation using call and response to teach the 4 Mandarin tones. Michele brings props (items, animals, iPad Animal app) to bring the words in Mandarin to life and enlists everyone’s fingers for counting. Michele ends with Gordon & Li Li coloring sheets and an art project.