Afterschool (online)

Online Chinese for Children 2021 Spring Registration is now open!


Spring classes began online on January 26th, 2021. We will soon announce Summer classes for new and returning students ages 2-14 at all proficiency levels!

Click here [__] for detailed reopening plan for Spring, 2021..

Siblings of students are eligible for receiving one 30-minute private one-on-one tutoring session ($50 value), as well as for students with China Institute Family Memberships.

Our program offers language classes at all proficiency levels for toddlers, children and teens ages 2-16. Choose from a variety of classes designed to meet the different learning objectives of every student.

Afterschool Mandarin Enrichment

Afterschool Mandarin enrichment classes are a great option for students who are just getting started with their Mandarin studies, or those with previous Mandarin study who would like greater exposure and more rigorous practice in a small-classroom setting. Classes are available for students of all ages and language levels, Tuesday-Sunday.

Intensive Literacy Classes

Intensive Literacy classes are for advanced students, speakers of Chinese at home, and students looking to take the next step in enhancing their Mandarin studies. Designed to target student’s reading and writing abilities, Intensive Literacy curriculum uses the same textbooks as Chinese students at top Beijing schools. We offer introductory, intermediate, and advanced literacy classes. Literacy classes are offered on Sundays, from 9:30am-12:30pm.

Mandarin Munchkins and Toddler Classes

Early exposure to a foreign language has been proven to dramatically improve a child’s aptitude for the language long-term. Give your child the gift of early exposure and set them up for future success with our Mandarin Munchkins and Toddler classes. These classes focus on the basics of early childhood development, including improvement of children’s social, emotional, cognitive and motor skills in an immersive and interactive learning environment. Our early childhood education specialists engage students through hands-on activities, story-telling, music, and educational games.


Classes follow the academic school-semester from January 2021 to June 2021. The semester consists of 16 weeks.

Have a question? Please contact Zeyu Feng at [email protected] or call (212)-744-8181, ext. 143.

To check-out our kids program blog, click here!
Learn more about our toddlers program, click here!
Learn more about our intensive class, click here!
Learn more about our short-series programs, click here!

Please note
  • Textbooks for Intensive Literacy classes are not included in tuition and are available for purchase at China Institute.
  • We run small-sized classes. Registration will be closed when a class is full.
  • Class schedules are subject to change. A class will be canceled or rescheduled if registration is low.

Mandarin Munchkins

DAY

TIME EST(New York)

Mandarin Munchkins
Wed Fri
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Come learn Chinese language and enjoy bonding time with your little munchkin! Designed for both parents (or caregivers) and their children, this immersive Mandarin class will teach early childhood themes, basic phrases, and practical conversational skills through music and movement. Our experienced teachers are native mandarin speakers with extensive training in early childhood education. No prior Mandarin knowledge is required for this class.

Each semester consists of 16 weeks. Snacks are included.

1x /wk: $800 (for 16 weeks)
2x /wk: $1,560 (for 16 weeks)

Plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee.

Classes start January 27th (Wednesday) and February 5th (Friday).


Wednesday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Friday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Wednesday and Friday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

TODDLER (2-3)

DAY

TIME EST(New York)

TODDLER (2-3 years)
Fri Sat
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Chinese for Toddlers ages 2 to 3 features classes taught using hands-on, theme-based curriculum, where students are fully immersed in Chinese language through songs, games and interactive activities. Toddlers will develop basic understanding, communication and social skills by the end of the course.

Classes are held once a week, $985 per semester, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee.

Classes start on February 5th (Friday), and January 31st (Sunday).


Friday
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

KIDS (4-10)

DAY

TIME EST(New York)

Prep 1: for students ages 4 to 7
Wed Thu
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Classes are divided into small groups according to students’ language levels and learning backgrounds. Using a theme-based curriculum, students will participate in an engaging and interactive learning environment through a variety of age-appropriate activities, games, songs, etc. In addition to listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, students will also develop social skills and strengthen their study habits.

Classes are held once a week, $985 per semester, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee.
Classes start January 27th (Wednesday), February 4th (Thursday).


Wednesday: Prep 1A
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: Prep 1B
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Prep 2: for students ages 7 to 10
Wed Thu
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Small-sized classes follow theme-based curriculum using a dynamic, interactive approach. The curriculum is designed to develop and reinforce language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing as it relates to everyday life. By the end of Prep 2, students will be able to read and understand main points in simple texts that contain familiar vocabulary, exchange information about familiar tasks, topics and activities, engage in brief social interactions, and to write simple descriptions, messages, and information on familiar topics.

Classes are held once a week, $985 per semester, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee.
Classes start January 27th (Wednesday), February 4th (Thursday).


Wednesday: Prep 2A
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: Prep 2B
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Intensive Literacy 1: for children ages 4 to 7
Wed Sun
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Focus is placed on writing skills, while continuing to advance students’ conversational competence. Classes meet for 2 hours a week, allowing for intensive study in an immersive Chinese language environment. With a dynamic, interactive, and student-centered approach, our small-sized classes are guided by a theme-based curriculum where students learn characters based on frequency of use and complexity. In addition to building students’ conversational skills through a variety of age-appropriate topics, this Intensive Literacy class builds a solid foundation for literacy, leading to a high-level proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing, in addition to a more thorough understanding of Chinese culture. At the end of Intensive Literacy 1, students will be able to read age-appropriate passages and write simple sentences in Chinese.

Class is held once a week, $1,286 per semester, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee.
Class starts January 27th (Wednesday), January 31st (Sunday).


Wednesday
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Intensive Literacy 2: For Children ages 7 to 10
Sun
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

For students with fluency or near fluency in conversational Mandarin Chinese, this class will focus on reading and writing skills, while continuing to advance their conversational competence. Students engage in intensive study, immersed in a Chinese language environment for 3 hours a week. With a dynamic, interactive, student-centered approach, our small-sized classes are guided by a theme-based curriculum where students learn characters based on frequency of use and complexity. In addition to building students’ conversational skills in a variety of age-appropriate topics, the Intensive Literacy class builds a solid foundation for literacy, leading to a high-level proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing, as well as an in-depth understanding of Chinese culture. At the end of Intensive Literacy 2, students will be able to read age-appropriate stories independently and write simple paragraphs in Chinese.

Class is held once a week, $1,920 per semester, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee.
Class starts January 31st (Sunday).


Sunday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Intensive Literacy 3: For Children ages 7 to 10
Sun
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

For students with significant prior experience in writing and reading Mandarin Chinese, Intensive Literacy 3 builds on foundational literacy skills in an excelled learning environment, while continuing to advance students’ conversational competence. Students engage in intensive study, immersed in a Chinese language environment for 3 hours a week. With a dynamic, interactive, student-centered approach, our small-sized classes are guided by a theme-based curriculum where students learn characters based on frequency of use and complexity. In addition to building students’ conversational skills in a variety of age-appropriate topics, Intensive Literacy classes builds a solid foundation for literacy, leading to a high-level proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing, as well as an in-depth understanding of Chinese culture. At the end of Intensive Literacy 3, students will be confident in their ability to read advanced passages independently and write paragraphs and short essays in Chinese.

Spring 2021

Class is held once a week, 16 sessions in total, $1,920 per semester, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee.

Class starts January 31st (Sunday).

Summer 2021

Class is held once a week, 12 sessions in total, $1,499 per semester, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee. Additional two 1.5-hour Chinese Cultural workshops and one 3-hour museum field trip.

Class starts May 23rd (Sunday).


Summer 2021: Sunday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

TEENS (10+)

DAY

TIME EST(New York)

Level 1 (Beginner 10-14)
Tue Thu
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Starting from the basics, this course is designed to develop and reinforce language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing as it relates to everyday life situations. Objectives include: mastery of the Chinese phonetic system (pinyin and tones) with satisfactory pronunciation; a foundational understanding commonly used simplified Chinese Characters and ability to write these characters correctly; comprehension of basic Chinese grammar and sentence structures; building up essential vocabulary; familiarity with aspects of Chinese culture and society as they relate to course materials.

Class is held once a week, $985 per semester, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee.
Classes start February 2nd (Tuesday), February 4th (Thursday).


Tuesday
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Level 2 (Intermediate 10-14)
Tue Fri
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Designed to consolidate students’ overall aural-oral proficiency, this course also introduces the written aspect of Chinese. Core objectives include: to be able to obtain information from extended conversation; to express feelings and opinions on common topics; to discuss personal experience; to expand vocabulary and decipher the meaning of compound words; to develop character recognition and reading comprehension; to continue familiarizing oneself with aspects of Chinese culture and society as they relate to course materials.

Classes are held once a week, $985 per semester, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee.
Class starts January 26th (Tuesday), February 5th (Friday).


Tuesday
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Friday
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

STEAM + Mandarin (5-11)

DAY

TIME EST(New York)

STEAM + Mandarin (5-11)
Wed Fri
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Designed to consolidate students’ overall aural-oral proficiency, this course also introduces the written aspect of Chinese. Core objectives include: to be able to obtain information from extended conversation; to express feelings and opinions on common topics; to discuss personal experience; to expand vocabulary and decipher the meaning of compound words; to develop character recognition and reading comprehension; to continue familiarizing oneself with aspects of Chinese culture and society as they relate to course materials.

Classes are held once a week, $985 per semester, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee.
Class starts January 26th (Tuesday), February 5th (Friday).


Wednesday: STEAM 1C
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Friday: STEAM 2C
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

SHORT SERIES PROGRAMS (8+)

DAY

TIME EST(New York)

A Tour of China – In Watercolor Paintings
Tue
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

This live online bilingual short series brings students on a tour of China to iconic cultural landmarks and symbols while learning art, culture, geography and history of China! Through interactive, hands-on art projects based on watercolor painting skills, students will learn to draw landmarks and legendary figures in Chinese culture, while develop the ability to express their own understandings, ideas and emotions through art. In addition, students will be exposed to or have the opportunity to reinforce Chinese language in a supportive bilingual environment. Throughout the series, students will create an art portfolio of watercolor illustrations including Chinese landmarks such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, or the Terracotta Warriors![Learn more]

Join the series to unlock or further your love of Chinese culture, language or art, or all of them!

Students must be 8 years old or above. No previous Chinese language nor watercolor skills required.

Time:
Tuesdays, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM EST

Eight 1-hour sessions

Starting date: April 20, 2021
Ending date: June 8, 2021

Tuition:

$220 (including $200 tuition fee and $20 non-refundable registration fee)

10% discount of the tuition for family members, current students and siblings.

All students enjoy 10% discount of the tuition when signing up for the second Short Series course. Explore the other Short Series course on A Bite of China!

To enjoy discounts, please contact Zeyu Feng at: [email protected] or (917)513-6026.


Tuesdays
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
A Bite of China – A Culinary Creation
Thu
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

This live online bilingual short series will make students fall in love with a tour of China through foods and culinary styles! Through interactive, hands-on culinary projects based on various popular Chinese ingredients and cooking methods (e.g., 蒸-steaming, 煮-boiling, 炖-braising), students will learn to create authentic Chinese dishes with a balance of nutrition, taste, and presentation. In a supportive bilingual environment, language skills will be taught and practiced through recipes and essential cooking instructions. Throughout the series, students will create a culinary portfolio of iconic Chinese dishes associated with festivals and customs, such as dumplings, tofu soup, Steamed eggs, and hotpot![Learn more]

Join the series to unlock or further your love of Chinese foods, culture, language, or all of them!

Students must be at least 8 years old. No previous Chinese language nor cooking skills required.

Time:
Thursdays, 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM EST

Eight 75-min sessions

Starting date: April 22, 2021
Ending date: June 10, 2021

Tuition:

$220 (including $200 tuition fee and $20 non-refundable registration fee)

10% discount of the tuition for family members, current students and siblings.

All students enjoy 10% discount of the tuition when signing up for the second Short Series course. Please click here to view other Short Series courses!

To enjoy discounts, please contact Zeyu Feng at: [email protected] or (917)513-6026.


Thursdays
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM