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Mandarin for 9th grader, independent study

Sept 2012

Hi everyone: I'm new to the neighborhood and am seeking suggestions for independent high school study for Chinese mandarin. My son is enrolled as a 9th grader at Maybeck High and they don't offer Chinese. I've already contacted Tilden Prep, and Berkeley high independent study. Does anyone have other suggestions? I'd consider a private tutor but am not sure how to receive high school credit going that route. Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks Elaine


Mentoring Academy on College near Rockridge BART offers Mandarin I and II employing the Middlebury Language program and a tutor. Courses are approved. johnmuster@mentoringacademy.org

Mandarin Immerson Summer camp

July 2011

My daughter has been taking mandarin lessons on Saturdays for about 2 years. We try practice the language at home, but she tends to respond to me in English. I am looking for a mandarin immerson summer camp in the east bay where she can practice conversational mandarin with other children. Does anyone have experience with the Hip Wah Summer Camp, and the Shu Ren Summer Camp? Mom of a 6-year old


You may try Ya Ya Chinese School (https://sites.google.com/site/yayachineseschool/). My 6-yr old daughter, with some language experience and have been there for almost 2 weeks and she really enjoy the loving, relaxing enviroment in Ya Ya. Ms. He the lead teacher is experienced and kept kids at all age well entertained and enthusiastic to learn the language through songs, games, and some gong-fu. And delicious lunch is provided as well. Check out more info on their website and their summer camp is still open for enrollment. Hongli
The Hip Wah summer program provides a wonderful camp experience including Chinese culture, arts, music, and Mandarin language instruction. It is NOT immersion, and the level of instruction is fairly low (they assume no prior Mandarin knowledge). Registration takes place in February and many classes fill quickly. This year's program has already started. Another program to consider is New Sprouts in Oakland. I don't know anything about Shu Ren. Elizabeth
Hi: Regarding the Mandarin immersion camp inquiry... This may not be in time for the current summer, but I wanted to post a message for parents to keep in mind perhaps for next year re: summer camp recommendations. We sent our son to Shu Ren's Mandarin Immersion camp last summer (for many weeks) and can recommend the teachers and staff there as great (smart, patient and hands-on). We had other plans for most weeks this summer but I imagine that the camp is just as good as the summer before. Parent

Chinese language class for young kids

August 2010

I'm looking for a Chinese language class for young kids. A class after school or on the weekend. I know kids pick up languages easily when they are young and want to take advantage of this opportunity. I am looking for a class in Oakland or south Berkeley. Thanks


My 7 year old has taken a lively and fun Mandarin class with Po-Wen Chen on Monday afternoons at the Albany Community Center on Marin Avenue for the past three years. Po-Wen is a wonderful, warm, committed teacher. The kids learn songs, basic vocabulary and characters, and play lots of games. Po-Wen has classes for kids ranging in age from 1 - 7. She has a masters degree in child development and really knows how to reach her students. Alison
I have been pleased with the program offered by CCEA New Sprouts in Oakland.

My preschooler attends the Saturday morning Mandarin class near Lake Merritt. Fall 2010 enrollment has just started for the session starting in September. There are also classes for elementary school age children.

I've found it to be a great way to expose my little one to the language (she started when she was 2). They also have a parent-and-tot (starting at 18 months) class on Friday mornings. For the younger kids, it's very much play- based, and they also provide you with access to an online resource, so parent and child can practice during the week.

The website is: http://www.cceanewsprouts.org/ esther


Shu Ren International School offers after school Mandarin classes at their campus in Berkeley. They also have additional cultural enrichment classes such as martial arts and Chinese music. More information is on their website: http://www.shureninternationalschool.com/ shu ren mom

Mandarin summer mini-camps for 5 year old

Feb 2010

Hi- I'm hoping to find a great Mandarin language summer program for my son, who is five. We'll be back in the Bay Area for a month (as we've moved away!), so I'm hoping to find something that runs 3-5 days a week, 1-3 hours a day, for weekly or monthly sessions. Any chance you know of one? former berkeley mama


Shu Ren International School in Berkeley offers a Mandarin summer camp in two-week sessions throughout the summer. Our son is in school there and attended the camp last summer and had a lot of fun. The teachers are great and the kids learn a lot of Chinese. Registration forms are available now at: http://www.shureninternationalschool.com/programs/summer-camp/
shu ren mom

Chinese classes for adults

Aug 2009

A long time ago I took a couple of years of Mandarin and still retain a little bit of the spoken language, but very little of the writing. I would love a class that would refresh my basic knowledge and perhaps do some writing and character recognition. Are there any evening or weekend classes like that for adults in the East Bay? Linda


UC Berkeley Extension has a whole language department. They have classes in Arabic, Chinese, French, Greek, Japanese and Spanish. http://extension.berkeley.edu/languages/ Languages fan
Try UCB Extensions. My friend took their night classes a few years ago and liked the teacher. Because she wasn't a native speaker (not to say she doesn't pronounce Chinese well), she was really good at teaching to the beginners as she understands where they're coming from. UCB staff/faculty used to get discounts at Extension. anon

Summer immersion camp for teen?

Feb 2008

Hi. Does anyone know of a summer camp that provides decent language study in Chinese or French? We prefer those abroad immersion camps. Please let me know if you have any information. thanks k


Hi I came across your posting. I happened to take my son and his friend to China last summer 2007 for a Chinese immersion program through Sino Language Gateway. Both of them do not know any Chinese language. The program lasted about 3 weeks. The kids learned the Chinese language, and culture. At the end of the session, we travelled to Inner Mongolia for about 4 days. I didnmt expect my sonms language capability to improve dramatically but what I found was the boys are much more willing to speak the language. The program itself is really well-organized and safe. You can check their website, it is www.sinolanguage.com .
anna

Afterschool and summer Chinese classes

Feb 2007

I'm looking for information on Chinese language learning, both summer camps and after school or weekend, for my 5 year old daughter who's currently in kindergarten. Does anyone have new info.? Pauline


Keystone Chinese School is held on Saturdays from 9:30 to 12:00. It located in Albany and good for kids from age 4.5 to 16. For details, please visit their web-site at http://www.keystonechinese.org
Lydia

Chinese Language Immersion or Camp in East Bay?

April 2006

My children, age 10 & 11, have been studying Mandarin Chinese at home for the past three years. Their tutor has done wonders, but an immersion program would really help their conversation skills. Is there any East Bay school or camp or playgroup or meeting that specializes in Mandarin as a second language? Heck - a Chinese speaking basketball team! Mainly, we want a meeting for a few hours a week where they had to use Mandarin socially. Also - any suggestions on visiting China/HK/Taiwan specifically to help their language skills? Cliff


It's not hard to find immersion in any of the major cultures of the SF Bay Area. One just has to have an open mind and a good attitude. In the case of Mandarin Chinese, the easiest immersion is in the Mandarin speaking Christian (invariably fundamentalist Protestant) churches. There are many in the East Bay, and most have active childcare and children's programs. Several also offer a free homestyle Chinese lunches after their Sunday services. Some are bilingual or trilingual. As long as you can tolerate a bit of religious instruction, the Chinese churches are a very good bet.

Chinese class for 12-year-old

Aug 2003

My 12-year-old son will be going to Beijing in 2 summers. He will be studying the language during this time, but I would like to get him started. He has taken a bit of Japanese during an after-school program, but otherwise has no exposure to any Asian languages. Do you have any suggestions on how best to proceed? Matt


My daughter's Mandarin teacher just sent me this email (below) last week. We've really enjoyed taking classes at the Albany Community Center.

Do you know any child who is going to be in 3rd through 6th or 7th grade this September and wants to learn Chinese? Annie Wei, my mentor, will teach an upper grade beginning Chinese class at Albany Community Center at 10:15 am in the Art Room. (If she can have minimum of 6 children sign up for her class.) Annie has more than 20 years of experiences of teaching children Mandarin both in the US and Taiwan. She taught in East Bay Chinese School for more than 10 years. Couple years ago, after she retired from the East Bay Chinese School she started teaching in Alameda Community Center (mostly FCC families) and one of the Piedmont Elementary schools. Please pass the words to your friends and hopefully we can have this class starts on 9/6 too. Feel free to contact me for any question or concern. Hope to see you all in September.

Phoebe Chen (925) 283-8866 phoebechen at comcast.net


Hi, Matt, About learning Chinese (Mandarin), any good suggestions will depend on the learner's ability and interests. I taught Mandarin to Japanese adults and children for six years. In my teaching experience, it is key to emphasize Mandarin pronunciaton for children because children have an ear for pronunciation, whereas the older the adult, no matter how you teach they are set in their pronunciation. The other point is that for children, a small amount of time every day is good for studying (adults might do fine with twice a week for longer times, but not so with children.) Good luck to your son! junallison

Chinese class for 12-year-old

July 2003

Can anyone recommend a chinese school summer program for a 5 year old? Thank you!


The Berkeley Chinese School (located in Albany) has a summer camp, as well as a preschool and after school program during the school year. The phone number is 510-525-9666. Elisa
I have seen the Chinese Summer Camp on the newspaper couple of weeks ago. The school is called Berkeley Chinese School, I think. It starts from preschool, Kindergarden and etc. I was planning to send my daugther, but she is too young for it. The number is 510-525-9666. mun33

Mandarin language summer camp

2000

Hi! Friends of ours from Boston have been looking for a Chinese (Mandarin)-language summer camp in the Bay Area or elsewhere for their two kids, 9 and 6. They already speak Mandarin in the home with their mother, so they would be looking for something a little more advanced than beginners' courses. They are also interested in an environment that stresses not only academics, but arts and athletics/recreation. Thanks for any leads! Linda


There is some info at this website: http://www.newconcept.com Annie
I have heard of a summer camp conducted by the Pacific Rim Academy in Emeryville. They are a bilingual (Mandarin/Japanese English Montessori School, ages preschool through elementary). Patricia
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