Looking to set up classes?
Email mary[at]lotuschineselearning.com or call (210) 446 8587 for information about setting up classes. Or use the contact page to get in touch. All inquiries will receive a reply within 24 hours (excluding weekends and holidays).
Want to read more about classes?
For children and teenagers, Lotus Chinese Learning offers three types of classes, available privately (tutoring) or through your child’s school:
Preschool and Kindergarteners (ages 3-6)
Preschool aged children will learn Mandarin Chinese through stories and songs in an immersion environment. The curriculum includes Chinese-language versions of popular American books, such as Olivia and No, David. Children will also learn about Chinese culture through stories about Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival and other holidays. Additionally, they will sing Chinese-language versions of classic children’s songs and also learn some new Chinese ones. Children will use Chinese in hands-on activities and games.
Interested in a half-day immersion program for your preschooler? We are working on it! Please fill out our expression of interest for here: https://goo.gl/forms/8D4cJlWf72cl09lk2
Elementary Students (ages 6-12)
Elementary aged children will first learn numbers, colors, family members, shapes, and animals in Mandarin class. Students will learn the language through stories and hands on activities. Later, students will learn Mandarin through TPRS (teaching proficiency through reading and storytelling). Renowned teacher educator Blaine Ray developed TPRS in the 1980s. TPRS focuses on teaching the most commonly used words and phrases in a language so that students 100% understand what they are hearing and saying in the classroom. Additionally, TPRS focuses on teaching the most commonly used words and phrases in a language so that students 100% understand what they are hearing and saying in the classroom.
Students will also learn the language through tasks. Through engrossing tasks, students forget that they are learning and they feel like they are just having fun. Classes will also include lessons based around Chinese culture. We will make traditional crafts and play Chinese games. Students will also learn about Chinese culture through Story Listening.
Middle and High School Students (13+)
Mandarin Classes for middle and high school students are taught through TPRS (teaching proficiency through reading and storytelling). Renowned teacher educator Blaine Ray developed TPRS in the 1980s. TPRS focuses on teaching the most commonly used words and phrases in a language so that students 100% understand what they are hearing and saying in the classroom. Additionally, TPRS focuses on teaching the most commonly used words and phrases in a language so that students 100% understand what they are hearing and saying in the classroom.
San Antonio-area high school may be able to get credit for their Chinese language studies through an independent study class at their schools. Students who complete a suitable number of hours of Mandarin Chinese study may also wish to take state tests for credit by examination. Additionally, a student who has completed the equivalent of four years of high school study of Chinese may choose to take the AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam.
Developing skills in Mandarin Chinese will help prepare students for college-level courses and study abroad opportunities. The benefits of studying Chinese extend beyond the subject itself. As a result of second language learning, students develop cognitive abilities that are useful across all areas of study.
Mommy and Me Classes (parent/caregiver and toddlers)
Our private mommy and me classes introduce parents and their children to the sights and sounds of the Mandarin Chinese language. In each class we will read story books, sing songs, practice finger plays, and more. Mommy and me classes are a great way to introduce your child to a second language while enjoying quality time together.
Adults and Professionals
Adult students often have specific goals in mind when they begin language study. Students interested in private lessons should get in tough via the contact page. Group lessons are available through NEISD Community Education. Classes begin every fall and spring semester, check out the course catalogue here.
China Boot Camp
Adults who expect to travel to China for business or vacation may be interested in a package of China Boot Camp classes. These short term classes include more information on Chinese culture (including business etiquette) than our regular language classes. If you are interested in these classes, please use the contact page to get in touch.
What students will get from the 2 hour China Boot Camp package:
- a less stressful trip to China for business or fun
- confidence when ordering food, making small purchases
- knowledge to avoid major faux-pas in social and business situations
What students will learn in the 4 hour China Boot Camp Package:
- learn the basic differences of doing business in China
- understand major differences between Chinese and American culture
- how to navigate business dinners in China
- how to navigate the transportation system in China
- mastery of basic social interactions in Chinese
- how to improve the likelihood of a successful business interaction in China