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September 16, 2006

New Group in Dupont Circle: Chinese for Children

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A new early childhood enrichment class is forming in Dupont Circle, teaching basic, introductory Chinese for ages three to six in a playgroup-style model.

The group will meet weekly for 40 minutes to "have fun learning Mandarin Chinese through songs, games, and dancing."

Facilitator will be Weiqin Yu, a teacher from China with decades of experience in teaching the language. She is a retired professor from the Sichuan University, one of the most prestigious universities in China. During her 25 years of Chinese teaching, Prof. Yu's students came from all over the world - mainly from Europe, Japan and the United States. Grandmother to a five-year-old and a two-year-old, she is currrently on a long-term visit with her daughter's family in Dupont Circle.

Curriculum will be the same used by the Murch Elementary School after-school Chinese program. Two United Nations language experts developed the curriculum, and it is for children who are from American families and who do not have previous knowledge of Chinese. It uses cartoons, music, songs, and plays to stimulate children's interest in Chinese. For more info on the curriculum, check out www.betterchinese.com.

Start date for the group is early October, with day and time TBA, based on the preferences of families who want to take part.

For more information or to pre-register, contact Kathleen Finn ASAP, at: kathfinn (at) gmail (dot) com.

Posted by Sarah at 3:07 PM.