Letter from our Program Director

Letter from our Program Director
Dear Parents and Families,
I am proud to present to you the China Institute Mandarin Immersion Early School Year program for the 2021-2022 school year.
There is a lot to look forward to when your child(ren) begins developing the foundations for a lifetime of learning, cultural curiosity, and success. All of us at China Institute are committed to providing a nurturing space where Chinese language and culture provide a valuable portal to the world we share.
When it comes to preparing our children to step out of a home of comfort and familiarity, there is much to consider, one of which is that the world holds high values of bilingual and bicultural qualities for the future. Aiming to provide a high quality, age-appropriate curriculum for children between 2.5 to 4, the program will enhance children’s social, cognitive, emotional, and language development, as well as fine and gross motor skills, in a 100% immersive authentic Mandarin Chinese learning environment.
As for any immersion environment, where teacher-student contact is extremely important, the program is designed to have an extremely low student-to-teacher ratio of 2:1, in order to ensure ample purposeful interactions between students and teachers. Upon completion, we want our students to be happy, healthy, excited and eager to learn and explore the world, having gained impactful early-exposure to Chinese language and culture as a valuable foundation to their life-long education.
We view the program as we start our commitment to the youngest generation, followed by a full suite of offerings for our under-18 student population that includes a Mandarin Immersion preschool, after-school classes, a summer camp program, and personalized tutoring and test-prep sessions as a path to Chinese language and culture. Uniquely situated in China Institute’s downtown location at 40 Rector Street, the program will have its own designated space, and facilities, led by dedicated and multilingual early childhood educators and caregivers!
Research shows that young minds are most capable of learning languages and new skills. Learning Mandarin in the formative years contributes to positive mental, social, and emotional development. Our vision is to create a caring and stimulating environment, in which our students can grow physically and personally. From the multi-ethnic communities of New York City to the global village we all inhabit, we create this program for everyone who values a multicultural education and who is mindful of the many advantages, benefits, and opportunities this affords by way of exposure, interaction, and understanding.
Since 1933, we have educated generations of New Yorkers on Chinese language and culture. We hope to welcome your family to be part of the very beginning of our next chapter as we look to engage even more children.
On behalf of the entire School of Chinese Studies, we look forward to welcoming your family at China Institute!
Shenzhan Liao
Head of the School of Chinese Studies, China Institute

Member, World Languages Standards Review Committee, NYS Department of Education

See an interview with Shenzhan Liao in Macaroni Kid all about our early learning environment.