Mandarin Chinese Program
We offer three different curricula: Ma Liping (MLP) Chinese, MeiZhou Chinese (MZ) and Chinese as a second language (CSL) to students with different family backgrounds and expectations. Our Mandarin teachers are native speakers with NY teacher’s certificates in related fields and have extensive teaching experiences. Classes meet once every week for 1.5 hours.
1. MLP Chinese is best for students who already understand and speak Chinese at home as heritage Chinese, not a second language. It teaches students to recognize Chinese characters before learning Pinyin. Students are expected to know 1,500 of the most frequent words used in general Chinese books by 4th grade. By the end of 10th grade, students are exposed to 2,794 characters. The course requires a homework load of 4 sessions each week, with 30-40 minutes per session. To learn more about MLP Chinese, please check this website: https://www.heritagechinese.com
2. Mei Zhou Chinese is a curriculum based on the American Foreign Language Education and Teaching Standard (5Cs) and the American Foreign Language Evaluation Standard. The teaching materials are based on the knowledge level, life experiences, and culture of school-aged students. The course requires a homework load of 3-4 sessions a week, with 20-30 minutes per session. To learn more about MZ Chinese, please check this website: http://www.mzchinese.net
3. CSL class is designed for students who have no Mandarin speaking environment at home. With a theme-based curriculum, students will have a fun learning experience in an interactive environment through a variety of age appropriate activities, games, songs, etc. Oral and written Chinese language skills will be emphasized. Key aspects of both traditional and contemporary Chinese culture will be weaved in this course as well. Our CSL class uses “Chinese Made Easy for Kids” as the main textbook.
If you need help to determine which course is suitable for your child, please call us and speak to our academic director at 646-870-0560.
Mandarin Class Schedule
MLP(Ma LiPing Chines) or MZ(Mei Zhou Chinese)