Chinese Progression Programs
The curriculum largely follows the syllabus set forth by the textbooks used. Students build on vocabulary they learned in previous years and improve on their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with more advanced materials. Teachers strive to create an immersive Chinese learning environment where students can listen to Chinese and respond with what they have learned. Class meets Sundays from 2pm-4pm.
The students become familiar with basic words through games, stories, songs, and arts and crafts. Topics include names, numbers, colors, shapes, and common phrases.
PH : Phonetic
PN : Pinyin
Students primarily learn either phonetic Bopomo or Hanyu Pinyin Romanization. There is an emphasis on differentiating between the 5 tones so that students have a solid foundation for accurate Chinese pronunciation. Topics: everyday dialogue introduces simple Chinese phrases and vocabulary.
The first grade curriculum begins to follow the MeiZhou textbooks starting from Level 1 aimed towards 6 to 8 year olds. Students learn to write basic characters while using nursery rhymes, songs, and fun stories to encourage student learning.
The second-grade curriculum continues to cater to younger students with age- appropriate learning materials and activities. Topics include pictographs as part of the history of Chinese characters, jokes, riddles, animals, and the calendar. Students learn about the Spring Festival (Lunar New Year), “The Nian Monster, and the “12 Zodiac Animals” along with their origin stories.
The third-grade curriculum advances student vocabulary and reading skills and introduces intermediate writing skills such as proper punctuation and how to write a letter. Topics include: money, shopping, geography, directional words, rooms and furniture in the house, produce, and how to properly address relatives Students learn about the Mid-Autumn Festival and its origin story “Chang’e Flying to the Moon".
The fourth-grade curriculum builds on students' higher reading levels and introduces various human interests and informative short articles in its texts. Students also learn conversational interjections and expressions and practice more natural speaking skills. Topics include: Thanksgiving, seasons, the planets, sports, and traditional flour-based Chinese foods (including the history and process of making dumplings) Students learn about the Dragon Boat Festival.
The fifth-grade curriculum uses comedic and informative stories, short articles, and dialogue to advance students in all areas: reading, vocabulary, and grammar. Topics include: the importance of learning languages, filial piety and making coupon books for parents, sports teams, and healthy eating.
The sixth-grade curriculum focuses on personal expression and communication skills. Students learn common Chinese idioms, read arts and science articles and learn related vocabulary, and are encouraged to express their views in Chinese through classroom dialogue and debate. Topics include: music, instruments, mathematics, and computers.
The seventh, eighth, and ninth-grade curriculum will follow the newly published “Let’s Learn Chinese” textbooks. Emphasis is placed on the practical usage of Chinese, and students learn to discuss contemporary topics such as shopping, popular music, the internet and technology, environmental protection, and entertainment. Students can also attend Chinese SAT and Chinese AP Exam preparatory courses.
Students in Internship have the opportunity to participate in various internship positions at the school, depending on their interests and abilities. Internship positions include being a Wei Hwa Chinese School teaching assistant and a student cultural ambassador.
The senior class will learn to read Chinese newspapers, magazines, and books, explore and enjoy popular music, and practice discussing contemporary topics. Students can continue participating in Wei Hwa internship positions depending on their interests and abilities and becoming a Wei Hwa Cultural Ambassador.