CFL Class (Chinese as the Foreign Language)
The CFL class is designed for non-Chinese background children who wish to learn Chinese. The goal of this course is to help cultivate learners' ability to communicate in Chinese.
CFL has total 6 levels. Each level consists of 24 lessons and 9 revision units to ensure that students can well master the characters, phrases and sentence structures that have been taught in the foregoing lessons.
The CFL class offers "mom-and-me" format. We strongly encourage parents to stay in the classroom and learn Chinese together with students.
We follow a balanced approach in developing learners' listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities. Emphasis is placed on teaching sentence patterns, with new vocabulary introduced to allow learners to build a solid foundation in the language, rather than on the memorization of grammatical rules. Using a variety of activities such as songs, games, story-telling, role play, and oral exercises, necessary linguistic information is repeated throughout the course to ensure a good understanding.
Our course is carefully designed to stimulate learners' interest in an unfamiliar language and encourage them to develop a greater understanding of the richness of the Chinese language and culture. It also makes use of stimulating materials that learners can apply what they learn to real-life situation. When children are able to apply what they learn they may develop a stronger curiosity and become more eager to apply what they learn in the classroom or in real-life communication.
As well as listening and speaking, the course also teaches some written Chinese. According to the order of the strokes and components in Chinese characters, Chinese characters are introduced in order of increasing difficulty - from easier one-stroke characters to more complex ones. The basic strokes and rules are introduced in the first level. Each level builds on the characters, phrases and sentences patterns learned in the preceding levels. By the time learners reach the last level of the course, they are expected to be able to communicate in some way in Chinese on the basis of some 700 words and expressions.
CHL Class (Chinese as Heritage Language)
Details see here.
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