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).
**Coming Fall 2018: Saturday morning group classes for kids**
Are you interested in Mandarin Chinese group classes for your child (ages 5-12)? LCL is pleased to offer new group classes on Saturday mornings. These classes are designed for children who have no previous experience learning Mandarin Chinese. Kids who have already learned some Chinese are welcome to join. Class for upper elementary students will be from 9:15-10:15 and class for lower elementary students will be from 10:45-11:4. Class dates are 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/1712/1, 12/8,12/15. For tuition and more information, please email mary [at] lotuschineselearning.com or use the contact page to get in touch. All inquiries will receive a response within 24 hours (excluding weekends).
Want to read more about classes?
For children and teenagers, Lotus Chinese Learning offers three types of classes, available privately or through your child’s school:
Little Lotus Mandarin Chinese Classes (Preschool and Kindergarten)
In Little Lotus classes, 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.
Through songs and stories, young children will learn about animals, daily life, weather, body parts, numbers, and things we eat. Listening to and singing Chinese songs will help build an awareness of the sounds of the Chinese language. Activities such as finger-plays, animal yoga and Simon says will help children practice their motor skills while also building their listening comprehension.
Elementary Mandarin Chinese Classes
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.
Elementary students will first learn Chinese characters through shared reading activities with their teacher. Students will continue to learn Chinese reading using a specialized method for non-native speakers.
Middle and High School Mandarin Chinese Classes (TPRS classes)
Mandarin Classes for middle and high school students are taught through TPRS. See the preceding paragraphs for more information on TPRS. Students will learn Chinese reading and writing using a specialized method for non-native speakers of Chinese.
Students who complete a suitable number of hours of Mandarin Chinese study may 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.
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.