1. 2020 Summer Online Immersion Classes
At leapUp, we believe summer learning should be fun, engaging, and stimulate students’ interests, understanding, and appreciation of Chinese language and culture. Our theme for 2020 is “The Lunisolar calendar (二十四节气), an ancient calendar traditionally used by the Chinese to track farming seasons and celebrate cultural festivals.
There are 5 two-week sessions. Each session focuses on different months of the year. Students will be introduced to this astronomical phenomenon in a creative and engaging way. They will discover the relationship between humans and nature while learning Chinese language, geography, history, culture, and traditions through hands-on activities, art projects, science experiments, and more.
Students are divided into 3 age groups:
PreK and K (up to 6 students per class) – 1.5 hours every day Monday to Friday
Grade 1st-3rd (up to 8 students per class) – 2 hours every day Monday to Friday
Grade 4th-6th Graders (up to 8 students per class) – 2 hours every day Monday to Friday
Students of all language proficiency levels are welcome!
*Grades are for the fall of 2020.
2. School Year Program – Chinese as the Second Language (CSL)
This curriculum 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.
3. School Year Program – Chinese as the Heritage Language (CHL)
This curriculum 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.