About the program
At leapUp, we believe language learning should be fun and engaging. The program is designed to stimulate students’ interests and appreciation of Chinese language and culture.
We offer Mandarin Chinese classes to students from absolute beginners to intermediate to advanced learners. The program is led by Ms. Ying Song, who holds a Masters degree in Bilingual education from New York University and has over twenty years of curriculum designing and teacher training experiences. Our teachers are native Mandarin speakers who have extensive teaching experiences and hold teaching certifications. We offer following two different trajectories to students from different backgrounds and with different objectives :
1. 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.
2. 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 to read and write common chinese characters used in the daily life. Using MaLiping Chinese (马力平中文） as the primary textbook, students are expected to know 1,500 characters by 4th grade. Students are exposed to nearly 3,000 characters by the end of 10th-grade. The content learned in the classroom is reinforced at home with 30 to 40 minutes of homework every day, four days a week.