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Mei Jia Chinese Summer Camp Let'sGo Camping & Cooking In Asia
Mei Jia Chinese New Year Celebration & Talent Show
2011-2012 Graduation & Performance
Time flies. 2012 Spring semester is almost over. Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to teach your lovely children Mandarin. I enjoyed working with them a lot in the past years. My mood immediately gets better when I see the sweet children. I'm so proud of the progress they have made at speaking, reading, and writing. I highly appreciate the parents who gave additional support the students; it has made a big difference in speaking and writing Mandarin compared to when they just started! Again, congratulations to the students who participated in the Chinese New Year Performance event, YCT Testing, and 8th Chinese Language Bridge Cup Recital Contest! I'm very satisfied with your efforts and outstanding performance.
Many parents requested the summer program and summer weekend classes. I understand that you want to help maintain your child's language skills that they have obtained, and I definitely understand that language will be lost if not in use for a long time. As you have known, in order to provide better learning environment for our children, the classrooms will be renovated during the summer. I apologized I couldn't offer summer program/classes this year. I'm very sorry for the inconvenience I have caused you. I promise that I will bring you and your child bigger, brighter and cozier classrooms/library/play area after summer! I'm looking forward to this.
For weekend students, there will be a final test for each class on May 19th/20th, 2012, except for MPL class. We are going to have a short award ceremony on the last day, May 26th in the classroom. The students will be receiving certificates, and then having a little party (Chinese Cartoon will be introduced to class on the last day). For after school program students, the final test will be on May 22-23. The ceremony and open house will be held on the last day, May 25th, at 5:00pm.
Mei Jia Chinese Learning Center is now accepting 2012-2013 enrollments. And I'm very happy to announce that Mei Jia will start a new program- Daily Morning Mandarin Immersion Program between 9:00am-12:30pm for preschool students in the Fall of 2012. Preschool Mandarin Immersion Program (Hours: 9:00am-12:30pm) is designed for preschool ages 3-5. It provides 3-hour classes fully immersive and content-rich, covering singing, circle time, story time, snack time, and clean-up time. Great emphasis is placed on contextual learning so that even activities such as snack time and clean-up time serve as opportunities to engage students with the Chinese language. Language acquisition comes naturally to the children as a result of their participation in these fun and immersion-based activities. 2 days, 3 days, and 5 days programs are provided.
The priority admission deadline for all programs--morning/afternoon/weekends program is May 7th, 2012. I have attached documents for the courses design, class time, and tuition fee. Siblings of students enrolled in Mei Jia in good standing, will have priority admission of After School Mandarin program for grades K-2 Fall Semester 2012. After school Mandarin classes offer free pick-up service depending on the volume. However, students who don't need pick-up will have priority admission.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns at (415)710-8545.
I'm looking forward to another successful year with your support! Thank you!
Mei Jia Chinese Learning Center
Class Fun Time- Sing Chinese Songs 学唱中文歌
WSJ News To Improve Kids' Chinese, Parents Head to Asia
Michael Roemer had never lived abroad before he took a one-year leave of absence from his job as an attorney, rented out his family's Orinda, Calif., house, and moved to Chengdu, a city in western China, in 2010 with his wife and two children.
Mr. Roemer's goal: to give his kids, Erin and Conor, an up-close look at China and an edge in what is fast becoming a must-learn language. "Speaking Mandarin is important," says the 57-year-old Mr. Roemer.
The Roemers are among a growing group of Westerners going to great lengths to give their kids a leg up in Mandarin. With China's rising global influence, these parents want their children to be able to communicate fluently with the country's 1.3 billion people. The phenomenon is similar to what happened in the '80s, when Japan's economy boomed and there was a rush to learn Japanese.
Some high-powered parents want their children to learn Mandarin, going so far as to packing up the family and moving to China. Emily Nelson has details on Lunch Break. Photo: Joanne Lee-Young.
But this time, after-school classes aren't enough for some people. Families are enrolling their children in Mandarin-immersion programs that are springing up from California to Maine. They are hiring tutors, Skyping with teachers in Beijing and recruiting Chinese-speaking nannies. Some are stocking their playrooms with Disney videos in Mandarin—not to mention the iPhone apps aimed at making kids into Mandarin speakers.
Of learning Mandarin, Mr. Roemer says, "mastering that challenge gives [the kids] a great deal of confidence." Learning Chinese, he adds, is "good for the brain." Still, he says it was stressful watching his children struggle in a place where at first they didn't understand much of what was happening at school.....more.....