At Universal Chinese School, we believe if knowledge is power, wisdom is your choice to use that power. Knowledge comes from an academic environment where students are challenged to work hard toward a standard of excellence in order to reach their fullest potential. Wisdom comes from maturity of both spiritual and emotional. Our purpose is simply to transform students as they learn, through dynamic cycles of inquiry, action and reflection in our schools.
Mandarin Classes are composed of motivated children and adult learners. Experienced and patient native instructors with relevant academic and cultural training establish a relaxed yet rigorous learning environment suited to the needs of all level learners. From the first day of instruction, students are immersed in the sounds and structures of the language. Through drills, games, songs, written and oral exercises, and role-playing, instructors guide students through the grammar and syntax and help them on their way towards linguistic proficiency. Regular review and homework exercises detailed in class syllabuses ensure that students stay abreast of the material.
We also offer challenge examination tutorials, and PIN YIN Classes and Adult Conversation customizable class. With experienced and qualified teachers, Universal Chinese School use textbooks and the up-to-date teaching material in accordance to the British Columbia School Board and IB curriculums. We believe teaching simplified Chinese Characters and also use Traditional Chinese Characters for enhancement and reference purposes is the most effective way to integrate Chinese cultural into the mainstream lifestyle in Canada and North America.
Accelerated and Intensive classes are available in Summer Quarter. Choose from a variety of day and evening classes in Mandarin Chinese, from beginning through advanced levels. Please check out our campuses locations and school calendar here or more information on application and registration.
Here are some of the customizable sample classes.
Mandarin Chinese Entry Level (K & G1-G3)
In this beginning class, students acquire a basic practical knowledge of Chinese. The phonetic nature of Chinese makes for rapid mastery of pronunciation and correct tones. Instructors conduct class in Chinese as much as possible. Teachers also use English to clarify difficult points. The basic Chinese grammar and sentence patterns are introduced step-by-step, along with approximately a handful Chinese characters per lesson. Traditional and modern Chinese cultures are explained and discussed throughout the course at higher grades. For example, by the end of the classes, students will know how to introduce themselves and greet others, count numbers from zero to a million, tell times and dates, discuss hobbies and daily routines, and write brief dialogues.
Mandarin Classes Advanced Conversation
Advanced Conversation is a continuing class for adult students who possess advanced proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking Chinese and wish to maintain and improve their language skills in a structured setting. The ability to speak Mandarin Chinese is an unbeatable advantage for anyone looking to do business with China – or even the Chinese community in Canada. Communicating in functional Chinese is achievable within a reasonable amount of time, and can have a critical impact on your own personal, or your company’s success. Speaking Mandarin can break down barriers, improve relationships or give you a much more authentic experience with interacting with Chinese people for business or for leisure.