Afterschool Downtown (virtual)

Chinese for Children 2020 Fall Registration is now open!

Fall classes begin with online offerings on September 19th, 2020. We are accepting new and returning students ages 2-16 for the fall semester at all proficiency levels!

Click here for detailed reopening plan for Fall, 2020.

Early bird discount! Sign up before September 11st and receive a $50 discount.

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.

Students registering for the entire year (both Fall and Spring semesters) receive two 45-minute one-on-one private tutoring sessions ($150 value).

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 at our Downtown and UES locations.

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, at our Downtown location, and Saturdays at our UES location, 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-year from September 2020 to June 2021. Each year consists of 32 weeks (16 weeks per semester). Snacks are included.

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!

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 if registration is low.

Mandarin Munchkins

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TIME EDT(New York)

Mandarin Munchkins (1.5-2.5 years)
Mon Wed Fri
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Day: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Time: 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 September 23rd (Wednesday) and September 25th (Friday).

To register please contact Zeyu Feng at [email protected] or call (917)513-6026.


Wednesday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Friday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Monday & Friday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

TODDLER (2-3)

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TIME EDT(New York)

Toddlers (2-3): For students ages 2 to 3
Tue or Fri or Sun
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Day: Tuesday, Friday, Sunday

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, $1,870 per year, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee.

Classes start September 22nd (Tuesday), September 25th (Friday) and September 20th (Sunday).


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

KIDS (4-10)

DAY

TIME EDT(New York)

Prep 1: For students ages 4 to 7
Wed or Sun
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Day: Wednesday, Sunday

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 experience 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, $1,870 per year, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee.

Classes start September 23rd (Wednesday), September 25th (Friday) and September 20th (Sunday).


Wednesday: Prep 1A
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: Prep 1B
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Sunday: Prep 1A
9:30 AM -11:00 AM
Prep 2: for students ages 7 to 10
Tue or Thu or Sun
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Day: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

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, $1,870 per year, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee.

Classes start September 22nd (Tuesday), September 24th (Thursday) and September 20th (Sunday)


Tuesday: Prep 2A
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: 2B
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Sunday: 2A
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Intensive Literacy 1: For students ages 4 to 7
Sun
9:30 AM - 11:30 PM

Day: Sunday

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, $2,444 per year, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee.

Class starts September 20th (Sunday).


Sunday: Intensive Literacy 1
9:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Intensive Literacy 2: For children ages 7 to 10
Sun
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Day: Sunday

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, $3,648 per year, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee.

Class starts September 20th (Sunday).


Sunday: Intensive Literacy 2
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Intensive Literacy 3: For children ages 7 to 10
Sun
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Day: Sunday

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.

Class is held once a week, $1,920 per semester, $3,648 per year, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee.

Class starts September 20th (Sunday).


Sunday: Intensive Literacy 3
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

TEENS (10+)

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TIME EDT(New York)

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

Day: Thursday

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, $1,870 per year, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee.

Class starts September 24th (Thursday).


Thursday: Level 1
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Level 2 (Intermediate 10-14)
Fri
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Day: Friday

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, $1,870 per year, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee.

Class starts September 25th (Friday).


Friday: Level 2
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

STEAM + Mandarin (5-11)

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TIME EDT(New York)

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

Day: Wednesday, Friday

For intermediate and advanced Mandarin speakers, STEAM + Mandarin provides a fun, experiential learning opportunity focusing on a variety of STEAM topics taught in Mandarin for children ages 5-11. By engaging in hands-on activities, students explore STEAM concepts through an interactive approach, building language skills and expressing ideas about STEAM in Mandarin Chinese. Scientific and artistic inventions and discoveries in China, such as papermaking and navigation, are also integrated into the curriculum. Join this class to have fun with STEAM topics, deepen your child’s understanding of Chinese culture, and reinforce their Mandarin Chinese!

* STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

Classes are held once a week, $985 per semester, $1,870 per year, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee.

Class starts September 23rd (Wednesday) and September 25th (Friday).


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