Afterschool UES (virtual)

Classes have moved online.

Chinese for Children 2020 Spring Registration is now open!

Summer classes begin July 6th, 2020. We are accepting new and returning students ages 2-14 for the Summer semester at all proficiency levels!

Siblings of students are eligible for a 5% discount, as well as 5% off for China Institute Family Memberships.

Our program offers language classes at all proficiency levels for toddlers, children and teens ages 2-14. 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.


Spring semester classes follow the academic school-year, from February to June. One semester consists of 16 weeks/classes. Snacks are included.

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

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.

TODDLER (2-3)

DAY

TIME EDT(New York)

TODDLER (2-3): For students ages 2 to 3
Fri Sat
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Classes start January 24th (Friday) and February 1st (Saturday).

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


Friday: Toddler
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: Toddler
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

KIDS (4-10)

DAY

TIME EDT(New York)

Prep 1: For students ages 4 to 7
Thu Sat
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

For children ages 4 to 6, small-group classes are arranged 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 start January 23rd (Thursday) and February 1st (Saturday).

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


Thursday: Prep 1A
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: Prep 1A
9:30 AM -11:00 AM
Saturday: Prep 1B
9:30 AM -11:00 AM
Prep 2: For students ages 7 to 10
Thu Fri Sat
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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 start January 23rd (Thursday), January 24th (Friday) and February 1st (Saturday).

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


Thursday: Prep 2C
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Friday: Prep 2A
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: Prep 2A
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Intensive Literacy 1: For kids ages 4 to 7
Sat
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Focus is placed on writing skills, while continuing to advance students’ conversational competence.  Classes meet for 3 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 3, students will be able to read age-appropriate stories independently and write paragraphs and short essays in Chinese.

Class starts February 1st (Saturday).

Class is held once a week, $1920 per semester, plus a $50 non-refundable registration fee.


Saturday: Intensive Literacy 1
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

TEENS (10+)

DAY

TIME EDT(New York)

Level 1
Sat
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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. The objectives include: master the Chinese phonetic system (pinyin and tones) with satisfactory pronunciation; understand the construction of commonly used simplified Chinese Characters and learn to write them correctly; understand and use basic Chinese grammar and sentence structures; build up essential vocabulary; read and write level appropriate passages; become acquainted with aspects of Chinese culture and society related to course materials.

Class starts February 1st (Saturday).

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


Saturday: Level 1
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM