From Early Childhood through Middle and High School grades, students' placement and number of classes attended is based on evaluation and age. Chinese language is offered at three levels in primary school and Middle/High school: Beginner level, Intermediate level and Upper level.
Fun and Interactive Classes
Classes are small, interactive – and fun. In early grades, the focus is on learning basic words and simple sentences, and connecting sounds to characters.
nstructors use stories, songs, and games to teach listening, speaking and reading skills, and for the older children, to read Chinese stories and write short paragraphs about different topics.
Instructors may read a story or an essay and ask the students to retell it or express their own opinions in short paragraphs.
Understanding Chinese at Every Level
In the Beginner level and Intermediate level, emphasis is given to words and phrases used in daily life, such as about colour, food and family.
The main focus of this program is on listening, speaking and recognizing basic Chinese characters, reading and writing simple sentences based on basic and important grammars, and developing awareness and understanding of Chinese culture.
Through a focus on poems, fables, stories, and literature, Upper (or Native) level Chinese classes earn their comprehensive Chinese language skills. Students will also take a deep and broad scope of China and Chinese by studying Chinese literature and culture.