Mandarin Chinese Program
-Chinese as the Second Language (CSL) is designed for students with little or no Chinese language environment at home. The classroom will use immersive and interactive approaches to teach the theme-based curriculum. Beginning level students will learn the Chinese phonics system (pinyin and tones), character formation, grammar, and sentence structure. More advanced students will learn to speak, read, and write about everyday subjects that they encounter in real life. Both traditional and contemporary Chinese culture will be woven into the curriculum. Students will have homework 20 to 30 minutes per day, 3 to 4 day a week.
- Chinese as a Heritage Language (CHL) is best for students who already understand and speak Chinese at home and have the language environment at home. Students will learn common characters used in the Chinese language (for reading books, newspapers, etc. ). Using MaLiping Chinese as the primary textbook, students are expected to know 1,500 characters by 4th grade, and by the end of 10th-grade, students are exposed to nearly 3,000 characters. The content learned in the classroom is reinforced at home with 30 to 40 minutes of homework per day, four days a week.
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