The LeapUp Learning Mandarin program is designed to stimulate students’ interest and appreciation of the Chinese language and culture. Our teachers are native speakers with advanced bilingual education backgrounds. The typical class size is 4-6 students.
Special offer to PS 527 students: We are located inside the Knickerbocker Plaza on 2nd Avenue between 91st and 92nd St., a block away from PS 527. We provide FREE pick-up service from the school, homework help, and free play time before and after the Mandarin class until 5:30 pm.
There are two different trajectories for students from different backgrounds and with different objectives. Please email [email protected] if you need help choosing the appropriate class.
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. Register
2. Chinese as the Heritage Language (CHL)
This curriculum is best for students who already understand and speak Chinese at home and have a language environment at home. Students will learn to read and write common Chinese characters used in 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. Register
Tuition is for 30 lessons.