School of Chinese Studies
Immersive Mandarin Summer Program for Children (ages 2-14)
July 12- August 20, for children ages 2-14:
This summer, give your child(ren) the gift of Chinese language and culture by joining China Institute’s Immersive Mandarin Summer Program! We are bringing participants on a 6-week “tour” to eleven most famous cities in China! During the program, we will “visit” the thriving and dazzling metropolises of Beijing and Shanghai, exploring the historical sites in ancient capitals like Xi’an and Nanjing and the mysterious Buddhist Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, as well as discovering the beautiful landscapes, delicious food, and architectures in the southern cities such as Chengdu and Hangzhou.
Our accredited educators will create a fun and interactive learning experience to engage young students with arts and science projects, story-telling, music, culinary activities, and more! Whether your child is a beginner or advanced student of Chinese language, our summer program will help them gain confidence and make significant progress in their conversational Chinese and literacy skills through dynamic interactions with teachers and peers.
Learning Chinese language is a meaningful way to keep your child intellectually challenged, inspired, and engaged. Upon registration, students will be carefully placed in an age-appropriate group with similar language level. Options for half-day, full-day, or weekly enrollment are available!
Besides language learning, children will participate in various cultural activities, such as calligraphy, Chinese sports, theater, arts and crafts, storytelling, and cooking. Weekly Friday field trips give your child the opportunity to travel to New York City’s many cultural institutions to broaden the experience and enjoy Summer sunshine!
Unsure of your child’s Chinese language level? Please contact our Children and Youth Programs Educational Specialist Zeyu Feng at [email protected]. Contact us to schedule a free online language proficiency level assessment!
Mandarin Munchkins & Toddlers (ages 2-5)
Through music, movement, games, and other interactive, teacher-led activities, toddlers will gain impactful early exposure to Chinese language and culture in an immersive language classroom. Our teachers are talented and creative early-childhood educators, with experience engaging with young children through clear communication, song and dance, interactive animation, and more.
Young children will learn to respond to basic instructions and use simple expressions in Chinese while continuing to develop critical social and emotional skills through communication and interaction with their teacher and classmates.
Children (ages 6-10 years)
In an immersive language classroom, students will actively participate in the exploration and discussion of fun educational themes that explore China’s past and present. During the 6-week tour to 11 famous cities in China, students will further their understanding of Chinese geography through visiting the major natural landscapes in China. Moreover, students will explore the local cultures of the cities through foods, traditions and customs, traditional and modern architecture, and historical sites. In addition to becoming familiar with topics relating to each session, students will learn to express their feelings, preferences, and opinions in Chinese, according to their individual language levels.
Pre-teens and Teens (ages 11-14 years)
In an immersive language classroom, students will actively participate in the exploration and discussion of fun educational themes that explore China’s past and present. During the 6-week tour to 11 famous cities in China, students will further their understanding of Chinese geography through visiting the major natural landscapes in China. Moreover, students will explore the local cultures of the cities through foods, traditions and customs, traditional and modern architecture, and historical sites. In addition to becoming familiar with topics related to each session, students will learn to read and retell stories, express their feelings and emotions, and discuss opinions in spoken and written Chinese in words, sentences, and short paragraphs.
Session 1 – July 12, 2021 – July 23, 2021
“Journey to the West” 一路向西
Beijing – Xi’an – Dunhuang
Session 2 – July 26, 2021 – August 6, 2021
“The Panda Family in Wonderland!” 熊貓漫遊仙境
Chengdu – Chongqing – Guangzhou – Shenzhen
Session 3 – August 9, 2021 – August 20, 2021
“Travel Along the Fantastic Yangtze River” 夢幻長江之旅
Wuhan – Nanjing – Hangzhou – Shanghai
Full Day Class (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)
$1,699 for one session
Book 2 full-day sessions enjoy additional 4 hours of private tutoring class ($400 value)
Book 3 full-day sessions enjoy additional 6 hours of private tutoring class ($600 value)2021 Immersive Mandarin Summer Program Full Day 1 Session Register2021 Immersive Mandarin Summer Program Full Day 2 Sessions Register2021 Immersive Mandarin Summer Program Full Day 3 Sessions Register
Half Day Class (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
$999 for one session
Book 2 half-day sessions enjoy additional 2 hours of private tutoring class ($200 value)
Book 3 full-day sessions enjoy additional 4 hours of private tutoring class ($400 value)2021 Immersive Mandarin Summer Program Half Day 1 Session Register2021 Immersive Mandarin Summer Program Half Day 2 Sessions Register2021 Immersive Mandarin Summer Program Half Day 3 Sessions Register
Each sibling enjoys additional 2 hours of private tutoring class ($200 value)
A non-refundable $50 registration fee is applied to all new students (the registration fee is waived for current students and China Institute Members).
$50 Early bird discount valid thru June 1, 2021!
*Some program materials may need to be purchased online, depending on session and available materials which your family already has on-hand. We will notify you in advance of what materials may be required to enhance your child’s participation in the program.
For questions, please contact our Children and Youth Programs Coordinator Zeyu Feng at [email protected], or call 917-513-6026
Our Amazing Team
Our experienced instructors and staff are passionate about bringing a fun and enriching summer to your child(ren). Lead teachers are all native speakers of Chinese and well trained in teaching Chinese as a second language, as well as early childhood education. Young camp counselors who have studied Chinese are carefully selected from all over the nation to work with our program.
A sample schedule for one day of the summer program
Half-day schedule: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Full-day schedule: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
A cultural workshop is arranged every Monday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
A museum field trip is arranged every Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. No classes are scheduled after 12:00 PM on Fridays.
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Check out our Summer Program Blog to get a sneak peek into some of our Summer fun!
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