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Lotus Chinese Learning offers private tutoring and classes through San Antonio area schools. Ask about classes for adults too!
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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. 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 Chinese 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. When they are ready, students will learn Mandarin through TPRS (teaching proficiency through reading and storytelling). TPRS is a language teaching method that was developed by renowned educator Blaine Ray in the 1980s. It 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. TPRS stands for teaching proficiency through reading and storytelling. This is a language teaching method that was developed by renowned educator Blaine Ray in the 1980s. It 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. Chinese reading and writing will be presented 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. 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 classes and study abroad opportunities. The benefits of studying Chinese extend beyond the subject itself. Students learning a second language develop cognitive abilities that are useful across all areas of study.