The Regular Program is strongly recommended for students who have sufficient daily Chinese language environment. It emphasizes intensive daily conversation as well as reading and writing practice.
In view of the diversity and the characteristics of the students, we focus on adding knowledge and interest in order to fully mobilize students' interest in Chinese learning. Our stable and experienced team of teachers carefully design and plan the courses, from teaching Chinese characters to language usage, combining and integrating Chinese culture/history and tradition. The well-constructed drills allow students to firmly grasp the basic knowledge, coupled with appropriate and up-to-date expansion of reading and writing, so that students' listening, speaking, reading and writing are comprehensively improved. We expect students to have a deeper desire for Chinese learning, and a better understanding of Chinese culture.
We are committed to teach Chinese as a second language. In order to assure that the program promotes a clear progress in learning, the following course descriptions outline the methodology that we have adopted for our students over years. This has been developed with the input from the parents and our teachers who best understand the needs of students in our environment. This outline will serve as the basis for our current and future development.
Level 1 (Ages 5.5+)
Ideal for kindergarten and 1st-grade students.
For young learners at this early stage of language development, basic listening and speaking skills are the goals of learning.
In level 1, basic Chinese characters (frequently used in daily life) are used in lessons to create a language environment for children.
Level 2-Level 4 (Ages 7-10)
Ideal for 2nd-grade to 4th-grade students with basic knowledge of Chinese.
Introduces children to the Chinese language (including Chinese characters) and culture through 《马立平中文二Ma Li Ping Chinese 2》以及《马立平中文三Ma Li Ping Chinese 3》. Literacy skills, such as reading and writing characters are emphasized, besides the structure and strokes of Chinese characters. Pinyin will also be reviewed in level 2 and level 4., respectively.
Ancient poems (唐诗宋词), fables (寓言故事), fairy tales (童话故事), myth stories (神话故事) with novel, rich and readable contents are intensively and extensively introduced through level 2 to level 4, in order to stimulate student’s desire of Chinese learning and improve better understanding/appreciation of Chinese language, culture, tradition.
At level 2 and 3, we expect the students can gradually understand and speak longer phrases and sentences.
At level 4, we expect the students can write short Chinese essays of certain topics such as my family, my favorite book, my hobbies, my best friend, a memorable day, etc.
Level 5 and 6 (Ages 10-12)
Ideal for 5th-grade and 6th-grade students with more advanced knowledge of Chinese.
This class will continue to focus on conversation/dialogues, character recognition and Chinese culture/history, with the emphasize of presentation and essay writing through Learn Chinses with Me跟我学汉语》level 3.
Level 5 and 6 curriculums are developed to suit the characteristics of the students’ age and mentality, having variety of text contents and practical and interesting exercises, with special attention paid to develop the students’ learning ability and creativity.
We expect the students at level 5 and 6 can carry on increasingly challenging conversations and read/write more complex essays. Level 5 and 6 class are carefully designed to help students have a smooth transition to Credit Program study.
The credit earned through the Chinese Credit Program completion can be reported to high school and recorded in the student’s transcript, if requested by the student.