Chinese Cultural and Educational Association

Chinese Language School


Classes are held on Saturday afternoons. 
Chinese classes

All Chinese classes start at 1:30 pm. Preschool class ends at 3:30 pm. All other levels of class end at 3:55 pm.

Pre-school                    1:30~3:30pm                                    Textbook: None

The teacher will use various teaching materials and methods to introduce words, short sentences, stories, and songs. Students will learn about addressing family members and relatives, daily etiquette, body parts, colors, the sun, moon and stars, daily use items, animals, four major festivals in Chinese cultures, and food.

Beginner                        1:30~3:55pm                                    Textbook: Let's learn Chinese - Phonetics

There are two main teaching goals in this class: Using Mandarin phonetic symbols to learn correct pronunciation and learning the order of strokes as a foundation for writing. The teacher will use games to help students learn in a fun way.

Students will also learn Chinese nursery rhymes and songs. Class will include role playing activities so that students can practice using Chinese in daily life.Brush pens will be used to practice writing in class. They can learn the elements of writing such as character structure, order of strokes, and how to write characters beautifully.

1st grade                        1:30~3:55pm                                    Textbook: Chinese - Book 1

Learning objectives for the first grade class:

I. Listening / Speaking

   1. Greeting and self-introduction

   2.  Simple sentences used in a classroom setting

II. Reading

   1.  Chinese pronunciation and phonetic symbols

   2.  Recognizing and understanding of the text in Chinese Book 1.

III. Writing Chinese characters

  1. Basic strokes and the order of strokes

  2. Learning 80 characters and how to write them, as well as using them to make phrases and simple sentences.

2nd grade                        1:30~3:55pm                                    Textbook: Chinese - Book 2

The lessons are real-life situations. We will strengthen and focus on the students accurate pronunciation, phrase use and sentence construction. Students will work to master the integration of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.  In order to have students learn, speak, understand and use Chinese, we will use a mixture of pictures, cards, Chinese songs, playing games and show and tell activities to keep students engaged and motivated.

3rd grade                        1:30~3:55pm                                    Textbook: Let's learn Chinese - Book 2

We will focus on students’ pronunciation and daily conversation. Students will learn 100-150 new Chinese characters. Students will develop writing skills, practice sentence composition, and gain some knowledge of grammar.

4th grade                        1:30~3:55pm                                    Textbook: Chinese - Book 4

The objective for Fourth Grade Chinese is to have students progress in all aspects of the Chinese language, which includes conversational Chinese, reading, writing and culture.  Lessons are based on practical topics that students would encounter in their everyday life.  By the end of the year, students should have the basic skills to converse on a wide range of topics such as schools, seasons, household chores, birthday celebrations, shopping experiences, household items and living spaces.  They would continue to expand their knowledge of Chinese vocabulary, common grammar and sentence structures coupled with discussions on Chinese norms and behaviors.  The classroom approach is student centered, with a focus on practical knowledge.

Intermediate II                1:30~3:55pm                                    Textbook: Chinese - Book 5

The objectives of Intermediate Class I are: to train students to carry simple conversations in Chinese; to provide the foundation for Chinese language and culture; to instill a sense of confidence in their language use, and to become proficient in Chinese writing.  The lessons are practical and age appropriate, utilizing real life examples in order to create a fun learning experience and to increase a student’s understanding of the language.  The teacher maintains a class website to facilitate communication and provide learning tools for students and their families.

Intermediate III               1:30~3:55pm                                    Textbook: Let's learn Chinese - Book 4

Intermediate III will continue learning "Let’s learn Chinese" IV (Text Book B) for school year 2019-2020. Each lesson revolves around our daily conversation. Activities and games are used where appropriate to review the Chinese characters, vocabulary, sentence patterns and grammatical structures. Several communication models are introduced, including bilateral communication, performance, interpretation, and unilateral comprehension, students will also continue practicing Chinese typing to prepare PowerPoint presentation, all classroom activities are helping to improve students’ abilities at listening/speaking/reading/writing/typing.  This year we will include Chinese folk art, social studies and cross-cultural communication into our curriculum such as: Chinese shadow puppets making; Tai-Chi introduction; field trip; cultures & cities; and Artificial Intelligence application etc., I am hoping to use topics which are relevant to this changing world in order to maintain students' motivation at learning Chinese.

Adult                                  1:30~3:55pm                                    Textbook: 500 words to speak Chinese

In the Adult Class, students will learn basic Chinese, practical vocabulary, daily conversations, and some Chinese cultural customs. The course is based on the 500 Words to Speak Chinese maxim. Progressing in accordance with the class’s pace of learning, we will gradually deepen the teaching content in areas such as: reading, Chinese character groupings, and learning about idioms, proverbs, and sentence structure. Students will hold discussions and conversations in Chinese to improve their speaking ability. If there’s an opportunity, we will take “field trips” outside of the classroom to increase the efficacy of the lesson.

Extracurricular classes
Chinese Dance - Beginner                   12:00~12:45 pm                                    Teacher: Nan Zhang

The emphasis of Beginner Dance Class is on building solid foundation for dancing. Dance movements are choreographed to lively Chinese children’s songs so that each beginner has fun while receiving individual attentions and learning unique techniques for Chinese dances.

Chinese Dance - Intermediate              4:00~5:00 pm                                    Teacher: Nan Zhang

Students study dances from one of the various traditional tribes of China, such as Xinjiang Regional Dance. Ms. Zhang’s choreographies take into account the rhythms of movements, colors of the costumes and especially the regional ways of expressing emotions. The dancers learn how to move along with fellow dancers in more intricate choreographies.

Chinese Dance - Advanced                   5:00~6:30 pm                                    Teacher: Nan Zhang

The music and movements are further complicated and intertwined in Advanced Class. By the time the students enter the Advanced Class, they are well versed with the cultural backgrounds of Chinese folk tribes. They have learned to appreciate music of different “beat”. Classical dances traditionally performed at the court are included in the repertoire, such as Traditional Fan Dance.

Chinese Dance - Adult                          2:20~3:50 pm                                    Teacher: Nan Zhang

No previous dance experience required. The first half of class will focus on fundamental dance movements, and the second half will focus on learning a  choreographed dance.

Chinese Dance - Alumni                       12:50~2:15 pm                                    Teacher: Nan Zhang

This class is open to former CCEA dance class students. 

Chinese Painting                                   12:10~1:10 pm                                    Teacher: Lydia Hwang
                                                                   1:30~2:30 pm                                    

Students receive individual instructions to learn to paint subjects such as flowers, landscape, vegetables, small animals, insects, fish by their level. (For class syllabus and supply list, please click HERE.)

Art class                                                 2:50~3:50 pm                                       Teacher: Chiani Hsu
                                                                 4:10~5:10 pm                                       

In this year’s art class, we are going to learn to sketch by using pencils and quick sketching. Starting from still objects, students will learn the effect of light -- highlights and shadows on the object. After grasping the basic techniques, students will learn the method of quick sketching and will be able to draw whatever they see.

Chinese Music - Beginner                    2:30~4:00 pm                                       Teacher: Kerry Leung

Students learn basic Erhu techniques and play ensemble pieces.

Chinese Music - Intermediate              2:30~4:00 pm                                       Teacher: Kerry Leung

Erhu performance techniques and solo pieces are taught in this class.

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