When should my child start
should start as soon as possible. Research shows that critical period of human language acquisition and development
is between the ages of zero to five. The earlier they start to be exposed to a language, the more native-like they
will be speaking that language. In addition, learning language and early year literacy development contribute to human
intellectual development as a whole. We accept students as young as 13 months.
What is the student make up policy at the center?
Our students come from all over
the city and from very diverse backgrounds. There are native speakers, non-native speakers, children adopted
from China, and grade school students to teenagers from multi-cultural background with no formal connection to China,
but are all passionate about learning the language and culture. Adults who are learning to speak Chinese
as a hobby to professional planning a business meeting also attend classes at the center.
Who are your teachers?
Our staff include experienced, native-speaking Chinese teachers,
many of who are graduates of Universities in the U.S. and China. Staff development workshops led by teaching
professionals, are conducted on a regular basis. Our staff is connected to the most current learning techniques
with our relationships with teaching universities in China.
Do you offer private lessons?
Yes. Private lessons are offered. Please check with the office for
available days and times. Privates and Tutoring classes require a 48-hour confirmed cancellation otherwise,
the full class fee will be charged.
my child start in the middle of the year?
Yes. We will make every effort to accomdate your child. Please contact Zhaoyi for schedule information
and any make up work.
How can I find a tutor?
We are able to source a tutor for your child's learning needs
from our pool of teachers. These times can be used to review lessons, do homework or to practice speaking and
listening skills. Please call the office for available days and times. All tutoring session cancellations
need to be made 48 hours ahead of the scheduled time to avoid charges.
Do you have classes for teenagers?
Various options are available for teens depending on their level,
age, and specific learning needs. An accelerated beginners class, private in-person or skype lessons, or even the adult
class are all possibilities.
Do you have adult classes?
We offer adult classes through out the week.
Do you offer corporate programs?
We offer language programs on
your company's premises. Please contact the office for more detailed information.
Can I bring a sibling?
While the sibling is not able to join the class, they can
wait with you assuming a caretaker or parent will be supervising him/her in the lounge area. We welcome him/her
to play quietly.
Do you teach simplified
or traditional Chinese?
teach simplified Chinese and Mandarin based on the language system of Mainland China.
We do not have a Chinese-speaking household; how will we be able to support
our children with their studies?
In addition to home work given in class and on-line support provided by www.ChinaFriendsUSA.org we
can also provide you with additional tools to create a fuller immersion environment in your home. The more exposure
to the language, the more fluent the learner will become. In addition to the weekly lessons, there is
homework, reading assignments, special projects and on-line interactive exercises. We are also able to help
you source Chinese music, Mandarin DVD's and other video learning technologies in order to give each student the best
opportunities to reinforce new material.
teachers speak more Mandarin or English in class?
All classes try to use only Mandarin in the classroom. The unique approach
we take in teaching Mandarin includes body language, facial expression, visuals, flashcards and computers. Without
much English/Chinese translation, we ensure a smooth teacher/student communication and interaction in the classroom
May I observe a class?
Depending on the type of class,
observations are allowed. For the 3-and-under observations and participation are allowed and encouraged. For
the older student classes, observation times are limited in order to minimize disruptions and preserve a conducive
How do you teach Chinese
use the Pinyin system that does have some similarity with English phonics, however it also has its own distinguished sounds
and tones. We use many effective teaching strategies to help students differentiate them. By comparing
them, many students can use their knowledge of English to help learn Pinyin. Our on-line support has many tools
to help students master the unique sounds and tones of the language.
What is the class size?
To ensure that our students get maximum attention and the
best possible experience, enrollment will be limited to 6 students in our classes for ages 5 and under and 8 students in classes
for ages 5+. In the unlikely event that we needed to exceed normal limits, a teaching assistant would be added to ensure
that class quality and individual attention is not compromised.
Can I sit in the class with my child?
We want your child to feel
as comfortable as possible. For ages 3 and under we strongly encourage parents/caretakers to participate and learn
with the child. For students 3+, we provide a parent lounge area with wireless internet access so that your
child can feel safe that you are near by.
I just sign up for speaking classes without reading and writing instruction?
Our belief is that language is all about communication.
To handle communication more effectively today, we cannot separate listening and speaking, reading and writing.
Our program is geared towards literacy and from our experience, to fully advance in the language, one needs to know
how to read and write in addition to speaking and verbal comprehension.