The Chinese Language School of Connecticut teaches Mandarin Chinese as a second language to children ages 18 months andup. We offer weekday, weekend, before/after school, summer programs, private tutoring, as well as corporate programs.
Our curriculum and course offerings have been developed to engage our students in actively learning the language and cultureof China, based on age-appropriate topics that are relevant to their dailylife. Our Art & Culture program is integrated into our curriculum to develop and expand students’ communicative abilities in listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese.
All of our classes are focused on listening and speaking, especially at the beginner levels, and are designed to build and expand upon what was learned the previous year.
Parents have different expectations for their children, and all children have various interests and degrees of ability. We have developed our curriculum in order to meet the needs of most children learning Chinese as a second language, once per week. Parents are asked to help their children spend at least 15 to 20 minutes per day 3 times a week, or cumulatively one hour a week, to practice Chinese. This does not mean that parents need to know Chinese, but rather, they need to help their children set aside the time to review Chinese regularly.
Chopstix: Our preschool Chopstix classes are designed to introduce children to Chinese in a safe, nurturing, interactive environment. Chopstix Toddler (ages 18 months to 3 years) and Chopstix 1 (aes 3-4 years) require a caregiver to sit in class with the child; Chopstix 2 (ges 4-5) strongly encourages a caregiver, and from Level 1 and up we do not allow parents to sit in with their child unless it is a medical necessity (and a doctor's note will be required).
Levels 1-6: our Regular classes are designed to introduce students to Chinese, using age-appropriate, relevant activities in order to develop their learning. Most students graduate our Regular program (at the end of Level 6) at ages 11, 12 or 13, at the end of their sixth or seventh grade years. When students graduate they have the option of continuing on via CLSC’s Advanced program, by continuing their studies with CLSC privately, or in small private tutoring groups, in preparation for high school Chinese, if their school offers it.
Many students have skipped one or two years of high school Chinese, and have entered high school Chinese at levels 2 or 3, due to their studies at CLSC.
For students whose high schools do offer Chinese, many wish to supplement their Chinese language learning by private tutoring through CLSC.
During their junior and senior years, students may wish to pursue additional tutoring in order to pass either or the AP in Chinese, or to take the OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) in Chinese, in order to obtain college credit.
This level is designed
for children who have had little or no exposure to Chinese previously. The
primary goal for this level is to build a foundation for all four skills, and
to engage children in learning Chinese.
70% of class time should be dedicated to listening and speaking, 15% to
reading and 15% to writing. There
are overlaps between radicals and characters, as some of the radicalsare alsosingle shaped characters.
Milestones: Tell people your name and age.Learn early childhood themes:family members, fruits, colors, etc. Speak a total of 50 words, recognize a
total of 50 single shaped Chinese characters, read and write a total of 15
radicals, follow commands,
and answer in short sentences.
goal of this level is to continue to build a solid foundation for all four skills, including
pinyin. 60% of class time
should be dedicated to listening and speaking, 25% to reading and 15% to
writing. Students will review
material learned in level 1 and expand on topics covered. Students are expected
to answer simple questions in Chinese, as well as understand and speak longer
phrases and sentences.
Milestones: Introduce yourself by name, age and
nationality. Students will learn to ask for food, learn days of the week, explain
likes and dislikes, and have a good sense of what makes up a Chinese character and
know how to de-compose a character when asked. Students will know how to speak
a total of about 100 words, write a total of about 60 compound Chinese characters, and 40 radicals.
Beginner Chinese (beginner students ages 8-12)
This class introduces Chinese to first time learners ages 8 to 12. Class will
cover Level 1 and 2 contents with topics related to real life situations. Upon class completion, students will be
assessed and placed in appropriate classes.
Students will learn pinyin, tones, basic Chinese characters and radicals. Students will understand and speak about 100 vocabulary words and 50 common
sentences. They are expected to speak, follow directions, and answer questions
reviews and expands on material covered in Level 2. Students are expected to speak in
complete sentence and ask simple questions on familiar subject matters. Students are encouragedto carry abasic conversation on self-related topics.Units covered include colors, clothing, sports, pets, transportations,
shopping, weather and comparisons.
Milestones: Students will understand, speak and write about 150 compound Chinese
characters, as well as read and write about another 20 radicals.
This level will
review and build upon Students’ previous knowledge. Students will take what they have learned and will use them
in more complex sentences, phrases, and conversation. Students are expected tospeak longer sentence and
converse on familiar topics such as daily schedule, school life, food, hobbies,
rooms in a house, etc.Students
will continue to learn different parts of aChinese character, and know how to de-compose a character.
Milestones:Students will understand and speak a total of about 300Chinese words, and will be able to read and write
about 200 Chinese characters.
goal of this level is to continue to help students improve their knowledge of the Chinese
language and develop skills in speaking, reading, writing and comprehension. By the end of this
course, students will learn to convey basic and conduct conversations in standard modern
Chinese. Students reinforce
previous knowledge to solidify basics and develop more complex sentence
Milestones: Students should know a total of about
50 most commonly used radicals, be able to write about another 50 compound
Chinese characters, understand a total of about 300 Chinese words, be able to
read and write about 200 Chinese characters, and will be able to talk about
weather, friends, school classes, daily schedule, etc.
Young Adults Chinese I
graduate CLSC Regular Programs upon completing Level 6. The primary goal of
this level is to enable students to attain basic language skills for
communication in the interpretive, interpersonal and presentational modes, as
specified in the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. In addition,
Students will be able to discuss and explain introductory aspects of Chinese
culture, such as: Chinese festivals, Chinese food, Chinese calendar, and
Chinese zodiac animals. By comparing these aspects with their own culture and
explaining the beliefs and values of the two cultures, students will be able to understand and explain the
similarities and differences between the two cultures.
Milestones: Students should have
learned about 70 most commonly used radicals, understand different parts of a
Chinese character and how to de-compose a character when asked.Students should be able understand a total of about 350 Chinese words, and be
able to read and write about 250 Chinese characters.
Upon graduating Level 6, some students may
wish to advance to our Young Adults Chinese program.
will continue to gain oral proficiency through a variety of language activities
including games, dialogues, oral presentations, and imaginative tasks. There will be a focus on continuous
improvement of accurate pronunciation and students’ ability to convey meaning.
Students will be assigned monthly projects supervised by teacher and will work
in pairs to use Chinese in meaningful ways to further hone their listening,
speaking, reading and writing skills.
Projects may include stories, skits, videos, etc.
Milestones: Students should have learned about 80 commonly used radicals, and be able to recognize at least two-thirds of
them to write separate characters, and short writing assignments. Students
should understand different parts of a Chinese character and how to de-compose
a character when asked. Students
should be able understand a total of about 400 Chinese words, and be able to
read and write about 300 Chinese characters.
Young Adults Chinese II
Young Adults Chinese III
will learn to talk about more sophisticated topics and more complicated
sentence structures in Chinese. The goal of this level remains focused on
speaking and students will continue to broaden their conversational skills in
Chinese. In addition, students
will be able to provide and request information about multiple topics
through increasingly complex oral and written reports drawing from multiple sources; clarify and
restate information as needed; use appropriate linguistic transitional elements; write formal letters. Students will be assigned monthly projects
supervised by teacher and will work in pairs to creatively use Chinese in
various capacities to develop fluency to their listening, speaking, reading and
have learned about 100 commonly used radicals, among which studentsshould have no problem recognizing separate characters. Students should be able
understand a total of about 420 Chinese words, and be able to read and write
about 320 Chinese characters. Students will be able to write a short
passage with assigned topics, do presentations in Chinese, make complex
requests, and hold conversations in Chinese.
this level, students should have a fairly solid foundation in tones, intonation, reading and writing characters, radical recognition and pinyin. The
knowledge covered in the previous levels is very practical, so students will be challenged to perform in a real world situation. The primary goal of this level
is to help students attain basic language skills for communication in the interpretive, interpersonal and presentational modes, as specified in the
National Standards for Foreign Langue Learning. Students will be assigned
monthly projects supervised by teacher and will work in pairs to gain fluency
in their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
Milestones: Students should have learned
about 100 commonly used radicals and be able to recognize at least
two-thirds of them, be able to carry a conversation, write a short passage as
assigned, as well as discuss and express opinions.
Adult Chinese I
Adult Chinese II
For adult students who have completed less than 10 hours of Mandarin Chinese. Topics covered may include: basic introductions, family, directions, days of the week, time and money, etc.
For adult students who have had at least one year’s lessons in Chinese. Topics covered may include: making requests, currency exchange transaction, shopping/bargaining, using transportation, etc.
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