Chinese Cultural and Educational Association

Chinese Language School

Classes

Classes are held on Saturday afternoons. Please note: Kindergarten, dance, art and Erhu classes will not resume until students and teachers can safely return for in-person instruction. 
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 - Book K1

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: Let's learn Chinese - Book K2

Learning objectives for the first grade class:

I. Listening / Speaking

   1.  Greeting and self-introduction

   2.  Simple sentences used in daily life and follow easy instructions.

II. Reading

  1. Chinese pronunciation and phonetic symbols

  2. Learn to recognize 134 characters and can read 98 phrases.

   2.  Comprehending and understanding of the text in Let’s Learn Chinese Book K2.

III. Writing Chinese characters

  1. Basic strokes and the order of strokes

  2. Learn to write at least 29 characters, as well as using them to make phrases and simple sentences.

2nd grade                        1:30~3:55pm                                    Textbook:  Let's learn Chinese - Book K2 & 1A

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: Chinese - Book 3

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.

4th grade                        1:30~3:55pm                                    Textbook: Let's learn Chinese - Book 2,  Volume B

In our Fourth Grade class we will learn about different types of animals, such as zoo animals and pets.

Another important topic we will learn about is daily conversations about health, like being uncomfortable or getting sick. We will also learn about geography around Taiwan. 

We will challenge ourselves with new phrases, sentences, and essays. Be ready for a fun year!

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

The objective for the Intermediate I class is to have students progress in all aspects of the Chinese language, which includes conversational Chinese, reading, writing and culture.  The topics are based on “ Let’s Learn Chinese - Book 4” including school life, daily routines, Chinese culture, literature and more. This textbook is designed under the guideline of student- center teaching strategy. Students will be widely exposed to interpersonal practice, interpret and presentational skills. Besides the paper book, “Let’s Learn Chinese- Book 4” also can be downloaded for at home practice. By the end of the year, students should have the ability to make conversation regarding to inviting people, turning down invitation, inquiry, responding, describing, requesting and much more.

Intermediate III               1:30~3:55pm                                    Textbook: Let's learn Chinese - Book 5

The objective for the Intermediate III Class is for students to acquire proficiency to communicate effectively in Chinese.  Students will have opportunities using real-life situations to comprehend both spoken and written Chinese within given contexts, speak on a variety of topics, and write with clear structure and themes.  Lessons are based on practical topics that students would encounter when they go overseas.  The class will also equip students with interpersonal, interpretive and presentational language skills with a focus on everyday life subjects and cross- cultural comparisons.

Advanced I                         1:30~3:55pm                                    Textbook: Let's learn Chinese - Book 6

Advanced I class will use Let’s learn Chinese Book 6 for the main teaching material this year. We will do thematic study according to each lesson content to strengthen students’ language integrating ability at listening, speaking, reading, and writing (typing), as well as to keep on the motivation and positive attitude toward Chinese learning. Competitive activities and games will be used to review Chinese vocabularies, phrases and sentence structures, also improve the fluency at text recitation.

The topics for this year’s study include Chinese traditional arts and cultural activities; The beauty of poetry (East v.s. West); Chinese zodiacs and Horoscopes; Chinese New Year customs and taboos…etc. Students will have chance to explore those topics from different angles, and apply multi-media technology to present their study outcomes.

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                    4:00~5:00 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                                                                         Teacher: Nan Zhang

Class cancelled.

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 Painting                                   4:00~5:00 pm*                                   Teacher: Lydia Hwang

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.) *Class schedule is flexible.

Art class                                                  4:10~5:10 pm                                      Teacher: Chiani Hsu

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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