Chinese Language and Culture Classes and Camps and Playgroup and Mentorship Programs in New England
The following information on classes, camps, and mentorship programs is provided as a resource to FCC-NE families. The inclusion of a program on this list does not imply endorsement by FCC-NE. We encourage you to research these programs to discover which are best for your family.
We strive to keep this list accurate and up-to-date. If you know of any additions, corrections or changes, please let us know at CAliaison@fccne.org.
SUMMER CAMPS AND CLASSES
Chinese Language School of Greater Hartford – Youth Summer Camp
Description: One-week day camp for 6-13 year olds that ofers language learning, martial arts, calligraphy, painting, music, dance, arts and crafts, Chinese yoyo, cooking, and more.
When: Early July 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Irving A. Robbins Middle School, Farmington
Bangor Chinese School Chinese Dragon Camp
Website: www.bangorchinese.com/DRAGON.HTML and www.bangorchinese.com/STARTALK.HTML
Telephone: 207-990-0710 Email: email@example.com
Description: Standards-based intensive Chinese language and culture curriculum for 5-17 year olds taught through an immersion model. Offers both basic and intermediate/advanced day camps. Includes Chinese history, geography, calligraphy, arts and crafts, kite flying, field trips, tai chi, music, cooking, and more.
When: 1-week sessions throughout the summer, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm. Trip to China late July/early August
Location: Husson University, Bangor
Huan Ying Mandarin Language and Culture Program
Description: Pre-school program which immerses 2-6 year olds in the music, stories, art,Â food, and traditions of China and Taiwan
When: Four 2-week sessions, 8:30 am - noon or 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location: 80 Trowbridge Street, Cambridge
Cambridge Center for Chinese Culture: Chinese Culture Summer School Program
Telephone: 781-786-2050 or 781-788-8558
Description: Classes, activities, and hot lunch provided for children 5 and up in an air- conditioned school facility. The program provides instruction in the Chinese language (listening, speaking, reading, writing), math, arts, music, science, gym (swimming, ball games, etc.) and educational field trips (visiting museums, farms, zoo or parks).
When: 2-week day camp sessions June through early September, 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Location: 411 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham
Chinese Language Immersion Program for Grades 7-10
Description: A four-week residential summer program for gifted students in grades 7 - 10 combining a full-immersion experience with an array of events and activities which set the cultural context for the languages participants are studying. The Language Immersion Program is a partnership between the Center for Talented Youth and the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy a program of Middlebury College and the Monterey Institute of International Studies,
Location: Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington
Kwong Kow School
Innovative Summer Mandarin Immersion Program
Telephone: 617-426-6716 or 617-678-3210
Description: New! A summer day program for children age 5-14, 10:00am to 6:00pm, that includes classes with full immersion Chinese language and culture program including fun indoor and outdoor activities, Chinese village themed classroom and native bilingual Chinese teachers. Also includes swimming and field trips.
When: Late June through late August
Location: 87 Tyler Street, Boston (Chinatown)
New England Chinese Youth Summer Camp
Description: A variety of one-week day and residential programs for 6-17 year olds that explore Chinese culture. Teachers from the local area and Taiwan offer instruction in martial arts, Chinese dancing, arts and crafts, and Chinese painting. An ExplorAsian program gives high school students opportunities to discuss issues faced by Chinese Americans and to learn about Chinese culture and heritage. There is a counselor-in- training program for older teens. Day program is for ages 6-10, residential program for ages 10-14, ExplorAsian program ages 14-17, counselor-in-training for ages 16-17
When: Late June through early August (dates vary by program)
Location: Regis College, Weston
Winchester School of Chinese Culture Chinese Day Camp
Description: A day camp for kindergarten through grade 5 that offers a Chinese immersion experience with intensive language training in the mornings; afternoon workshops in martial arts, calligraphy, and arts and crafts; and weekly full-day field trips.
When: 8:30am - 5:30pm (Full day); 8:30am - 12:30pm (Half day);
Camp sessions run Monday - Friday. 2010 Sessions: Session I: 6/21 - 25; Session II: 6/28 - 7/2; Session III: 8/2 -6; Session IV: the week of 8/9 -13.
Location: Winchester Unitarian Church, 478 Main Street, Winchester, MA
Vermont Chinese Culture Weekend Family Summer Camp
Telephone: 802-453-2592 or 800-430-2667
Description: A three-day camp that offers families a chance to relax, make friends, participate in camp-type activities, and learn more about China and its culture
When: August 27-29, 2010
Location: Starksboro (in a valley in the Hogback Mountains).
Note about Summer Camps outside New England: There are many Chinese heritage, language and culture camps available outside of New England. A number of FCC-NE families have gone to Concordia Language Villages, a language immersion program in the north Minnesota woods which offers summer Chinese language programs for youth, families and adults.
We invite FCC-NE families to let us know of additional summer camps and programs that should be included in this listing.
CHINESE LANGUAGE & CULTURE SCHOOLS
A note about Chinese Schools: Established by Chinese Americans to sustain their language and cultural heritage, Chinese schools are an important part of the Chinese American community. Chinese schools generally offer classes in Chinese and cultural activities on Saturdays or Sundays. Many offer afterschool or evening programs and summer camps, as well. Most schools welcome children and adults of all ages and backgrounds. Chinese schools are available in every New England state.
A note about learning Chinese: Many families with children adopted from China want to know what kind of Chinese language instruction will be most useful on homeland trips to China. For spoken Chinese, standard Mandarin is the official language of the People's Republic of China, and is taught in schools throughout China. "Pinyin" is the standardized system used to transliterate spoken Mandarin Chinese into our Romanized alphabet. For learning written Chinese, simplified characters have been used and taught in schools throughout China since 1954. Traditional characters are used in Taiwan and in many Chinese communities outside of China.
ALL NEW ENGLAND STATES
The Asia Society website provides a comprehensive state-by-state listing of current Chinese language programs in American Schools at www.askasia.org/chinese/schooldirectory.htm
Chinese Language School of Connecticut
Locations: RiversideÂ (weekend) and Greenwich (weekday)
Description: Activity-based classes in Mandarin Chinese as a second language, with enrichment units on culture, history and traditions for children 18 months old and up, as well as for adults.
Weekend Classes: Sundays at Eastern Middle School, 51 Hendrie Avenue, Riverside
Afterschool and Weekday Classes: Held at the Greenwich Family Y, 50 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich
Chinese Language School of Fairfield County
Location: Rippowam School, Stamford
Description: Mandarin Chinese language and culture classes for children in kindergarten and older. Language programs use simplified and traditional characters. Cultural classes for children include arts and crafts, calligraphy, Chinese chess, Chinese painting, chorus, folk dancing and kung fu. Cultural classes for adults include ballroom dancing, calligraphy, Chinese painting, conversational Chinese, and tai chi.
Weekend Classes: School meets on Sundays.
The Chinese Language School of Greater Hartford
Mailing address: PO Box 702540, 300 Summit St, Hartford, CT 06106
Location: Trinity College, Hartford
Description: Chinese language and cultural programs for all ages and abilities. Language classes teach speaking, reading and writing Chinese (both traditional and simplified characters are taught). Cultural classes include kung fu, traditional Chinese folk dancing, Chinese painting and calligraphy, Chinese chess, arts and crafts, and more.
Weekend Classes: Chinese language and culture classes for preschoolers through adults
Weekday and Afterschool Classes: Classes in Chinese culture and conversation
New Haven Chinese Language School
Location: Yale University, College Street, New Haven
Description: Mandarin Chinese language lessons at all levels using traditional characters and the phonic system Zhuyin Fuhao, which is used in Taiwan.
Weekend Program: Classes are held on Sunday mornings.
Southern Connecticut Chinese School
Mailing address: Yale-New Haven Community Chinese School, P.O. Box 207105, Yale Station New Haven, CT 06520
Location: Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven,
Description: Chinese language lessons in Mandarin with standard Chinese pronunciation, simplified characters, and pinyin for children 6-13, as well as courses in painting, music, and other cultural activities.
Weekend Classes: Classes are held on Sunday afternoons
Bangor Chinese School
Location: Chinese Language and Culture Center, Bangor
Description: Chinese language and culture classes for children, adults, and teachers
Weekday and Afterschool Classes: Morning and evening classes for adults, afternoon classes for children
Weekend Classes: Saturday and Sunday classes for adults and children
Chinese American Friendship Association of Maine Chinese School
Location: Breakwater School, Portland
Description: Classes for children in Mandarin Chinese language and Chinese culture, including calligraphy, art, song, and dance
Weekend classes : Classes are held on Saturday morning.
Acton Chinese Language School
Mailing address: P.O. Box 2239, Acton, MA 01720-6239
Location: R.J. Grey Junior High School, Acton
Description: Entry-level to advanced classes for children in kindergarten and up in Chinese language, traditions, and culture, using the pinyin phonetic system and both simplified and traditional Chinese characters, as well as classes in Chinese painting, martial arts, dancing and Chinese chess.
Weekend classes: Classes are offered Sunday afternoons.
Beijing Chinese Language School in Massachusetts
Mailing address: PO Box 562, Shrewsbury MA, 01545
Location: University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, just off of Route 9.
Description : Offers classes at many levels in the Chinese language, mathematics and art to children in preschool through 12th grade.
Weekend classes: Classes meet Sunday afternoons.
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
Mailing address: 885 Washington Street, Boston MA 02111
Program location: 38 Ash Street, Boston
Description : Provides low-cost classes and free activities, including bilingual education, childcare, cultural, social, youth and recreational programs.Â Programs for children, youth, and adults focus on enhancing artistic and cultural experiences for members and friends of the Boston Chinatown neighborhood community.
Weekend Programs: Classes and activities are held on Saturdays
Chinese Culture Connection
Mailing address: 238 Highland Ave., Malden, MA 02148
Program Location: 238 Highland Ave., Malden
Description: Organizes interactive educational programs, and visual and performing arts activities for schools, libraries, museums, and community centers throughout New England. Offers language and art classes in Mandarin for children and adults, as well as classes in calligraphy, brush painting, traditional Chinese dance, Chinese music and more.
Weekday and Weekend Classes: Classes are held on Thursday evenings, Friday afternoons, and Saturdays.
Program Location: 80 Trowbridge Street, Cambridge, MA (Cambridge-Ellis is a non- profit, NAEYC accredited, independent preschool).
Description: Afterschool program for 2 - 5 year olds offers an immersion experience in Mandarin Chinese, including language instruction with developmentally appropriate arts, crafts, music, cooking and outdoor play.
Afterschool Program: Program is limited to 10 children per classroom.
Cambridge Center for Chinese Culture
Mailing address: 411 Waverley Oaks Rd., Building #2, Suite 214, Waltham, MA 02452
Telephone: 781-786-2050 or 781-788-8558
Program Locations: Cambridge (Cambridge Rindge and Latin School) and Waltham
Description: Teaches Chinese using standard Chinese pronunciation, simplified characters and pinyin, the Chinese phonetic alphabet.
Afterschool Classes - Cambridge: Offered to Cambridge residents 6 years and older. Offered every day or Tuesday-Thursday.
Weekend Classes - Waltham: Saturday and Sunday classes for children and adults.
The Central Massachusetts Chinese Language School
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1125, Westborough, MA 01581
Program Location: Hastings Elementary School, 111 East Main St. (Rte 30), Westborough, MA.
Description: Teaches Chinese using traditional Chinese characters and both Zhuyin and Pinyin phonetic systems for students from preschool through 9th grade.Â Also provides cultural enrichment opportunities including Chinese folk dance, Chinese painting and calligraphy, Chinese chess, badminton, table tennis and martial arts. Bilingual conversational classes are available for non-Chinese speaking adults.
Weekend classes: Classes on held on Sundays.
Century Chinese Language School
Mailing address: P.O. Box 22, Marlborough, MA 01580
Online registration: http://www.prestostore.com/cgi-bin/pro11.pl?ref=cclsadmin&pg=13562
Program location: Mass Bay Community College, 19 Flagg Drive, Framingham, MA.
Description: Classes for children and adults in Chinese language and culture.
Weekend classes: Classes are held on Sundays.
Chelmsford Chinese Language School
Location: Chelmsford High School, 200 Richardson Rd, North Chelmsford, MA
Description: Chinese language and culture classes for children in preschool through 8th grade. Parent activities include ballroom dancing, aerobics, yoga, playing cards, Chinese chess and various seminars.
Afterschool classes: Classes are held on Friday evenings during the school year.
The Chinese Language School
Program Location: Jonas Clarke Middle School, Lexington.
Description: Teaches Chinese language and provides Chinese cultural activities for children in preschool through 9th grade. Chinese cultural classes include Chinese chess and Go, arts and crafts, folk dance, calligraphy, painting, kung fu, and Chinese music instruments such as di zi (flute), er hu (2 string violin), and yang ching (dulcimer). During student language class sessions, parents can take tai chi, yuan-ji dance, or er hu lessons; play basketball and other sports; or join a weekly parent-led round table discussion.
Weekday and Afterschool Classes: Afternoon and evening classes for children and adults.
Weekend Classes: Sunday classes for children and adults
Chinese School Andover
Mailing Address: CSA, P.O. Box 870, Andover, MA 01810
School location: Pike School, Andover, Massachusetts
Description: Offers more than 30 Chinese language and culture classes and activity clubs for children in kindergarten through 12th grade.Â Language classes teach standard Mandarin, using the pinyin phonetic system and simplified Chinese characters.Â Culture classes include Chinese dancing, drawing, paper crafts, chess, tai chi, Chinese music, and Chinese history.
Weekend program: Classes and clubs are held on Saturday mornings.
Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association - Huaxin Chinese Language School
Program Location: 437 Cherry St., West Newton, MA
Description: Classes for children and adults in Chinese language, culture, history and traditions. Mandarin Chinese classes are available for children age 3 and up and for adults; cultural classes in painting, arts and crafts, Chinese songs, music, dancing, cooking are also available.
Weekend, Afterschool, and Weekday Classes : Language and culture classes for children and adults are held on Sundays, after school, and on weekday evenings.
Kwong Kow School
Telephone: 617-426-6716 or 617-678-3210
Program Location : 87 Tyler Street, Boston, MA (Chinatown)
Description: Chinese language and cultural programs in both Mandarin and Cantonese for preschoolers through adults.
Afterschool Program: Mandarin and Cantonese classes and Chinese cultural activities for children in kindergarten through 5th grade, Monday through Friday, 4:00 - 6:00pm.
Weekend Programs : Saturday and Sunday classes in Mandarin and Cantonese, Chinese painting, folk dance, dulcimer and drum, kung fu and an English/math tutorial program.
The Malden Chinese Language School
Telephone: 781-218-2935 or 617-605-9402(cell)
Location: 26 Washington St, Malden, MA (Saint Paul's Parish, Malden)
Description: Chinese language and cultural classes for children and adults
Weekend classes : Classes in Chinese, math, art and dance for children Saturday mornings and afternoons and Sunday afternoons; Chinese classes for adults Saturday evenings.
Telephone: Sara Wu Haviland at 914-761-9405 or 413-256-1152
Program location: East Longmeadow, Massachusetts (serves northwest Connecticut/ Pioneer Valley - Western Massachusetts).
Description: Teaches children basic Mandarin through songs, dance, games, activities, and culture. Children learn counting, colors, families, basic anatomy, food, animals, and more. Programs are designed for people who have no Chinese language background.
Programs: Offers private tutoring and group classes at your location or ours.
Massachusetts Chinese School
Mailing address : P.O. Box 66213, Newton, MA 02466
Program Location: 437 Cherry Street, West Newton, MA
Description: Classes in Mandarin at all levels for students age 4 and up, including classes designed specifically for students from families in which Chinese is not their primary language. Teaches simplified characters and uses the pinyin system.
Weekend Program: Classes are held on Saturday afternoons.
Newton Chinese Language School
Mailing address: P.O. Box 142, Newton Centre, MA 02159
School Location: F.A. Day Middle School, 21 Minot Place, Newtonville, MA
Description: Programs in Chinese language and culture for children in kindergarten through 10th grade and for adults. Cultural classes include folk dancing, Chinese painting, and martial arts.
Weekend programs: Classes are held on Sunday afternoons.
Ni Hao Chinese Culture Association
Telephone : 781-218-2935, 617-605-9401, 617-605-9402
Program Location: Malden Chinese Language School, 6 Washington St, Malden, MA 02148 (Inside St Paul's Parish Malden)
Description: Chinese language courses and cultural activities for students in kindergarten through high school and for adults.
Sharon Chinese School
Program location: Canton High School
Description: Classes in Chinese language, drawing, math, and martial arts for children age 3 through teenagers.
Weekend classes: Classes are held on Saturdays.
Wellesley Chinese Language School
Program location: Wellesley Congregational (Village) Church in Wellesley, across Rt. 16 from the post office.
Description: Classes for children and adults of all levels in Chinese language and culture including Chinese painting, folk dance, gong fu, chess and more.
Weekend classes: Sunday afternoons 1:30 - 4:30
Winchester School of Chinese Culture
Telephone: 617-909-2497 (Principal Jennifer Zhang)
Mailing address: P.O. Box 3232, Woburn, MA 01888
Program locations : Winchester, MA
Description: Chinese language and culture classes for children 3 and older.
Weekend Program - Sunday morning classes in language and culture are for children 3 and older (location: Lynch Elementary School, 19 Brantwood Road)
Afterschool Program for children in kindergarten through 5th grade (location: 478 Main Street). Winchester public school bus drops off the children at the location after school.
Derry Chinese School
Mailing address: 55 Crystal Avenue, #130, Derry, NH 03038 - 1725
Program Location: Marion Gerrish Community Center, Derry, NH.
Description: Teaches Chinese primarily as a second language and exposes students age 3 through adult to Chinese culture
Weekend Program: Chinese classes are held on Saturday mornings year-round.
New Hampshire Chinese School
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 80, Londonderry, NH 03053
Concord Location : West Congregational Church, 499 North State Street, Concord
Nashua Location: Girls Incorporated of NH, 27 Burke Street, Nashua
Manchester Location: Belknap Hall, Southern New Hampshire University, 2500 North River Road, Manchester
Description: Mandarin Chinese classes for all levels: a preschool Mandarin playgroup for children 3-5 years old, elementary Mandarin for children 5-11 years old, a new "Total Immersion Mandarin" program, and Chinese cultural classes in brush painting and calligraphy, Chinese chess, cooking, dance and tai chi.
Weekday, Evening and Saturday Classes: A variety of classes for adults, teens and children.
The Confucius Institute at Bryant University
Location: Bryant University Campus, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI
Description: Chinese language classes and cultural events designed for heritage students, with a focus on reading and writing Mandarin Chinese with simplified characters.
Weekend Classes: Classes are held on Saturday afternoons.
The Star Chinese Language School
Location: 333 Roosevelt Ave. Pawtucket, RI
Description: Uses an activity-based curriculum to teach children Mandarin Chinese as a second language.
Weekend Program: Classes are held on Saturdays.
Asian Cultural Center of Vermont
Telephone: Executive Director Adam Silver, 802-257-7898, ext.1 or 802-579-9088
Program location: 814 Western Avenue, Brattleboro, VT
Description: Classes for preschoolers through teens and adults that teach Chinese language through Chinese culture and art. Classes are also available in brush painting, calligraphy and tai chi.
Weekdays and weekend programs : Various classes are available.
Vermont Chinese Language School
Mailing address: P.O. Box 9209, S. Burlington, VT 05403
Location: Burlington, VT
Description: Chinese language courses for children in preschool to adults and cultural activities for students and their families.Â
Weekday Classes: Friday evening classes in Chinese language for all levels.
Weekend Classes: Saturday classes in Chinese language and cultural classes in painting, martial arts, dancing and tai chi.
ASIAN-AMERICAN MENTORSHIP AND PLAYGROUP PROGRAMS
A number of organizations at New England colleges provide mentorship and playgroup opportunities for children adopted from China. The leadership of these groups tends to change frequently as students move through college, so please check directly with the organization listed for current information.
Adoptive Families at MIT: Big Sibling Program
Description: This mentoring program provides one-to-one matches between MIT students and children adopted internationally or transracially. Each Big Sibling serves as a point of contact with the child's cultural heritage, helps the child learn to navigate cultural issues, and is a resource in building a healthy identity.
Boston University China Care Fund Mentorship Program
Contact: For information, contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (773) 306-5011.
Program Location: Boston
Description : BU's China Care Fund (BUCCF) is launching a mentor/mentee program through which individual BU students will be matched with mentees. They invite participation by FCC-NE families.
Harvard China Care, Harvard University: Saturday Dumplings Play Group and XiongDi JieMei Mentoring Program
Program Location: Harvard Square, Cambridge
Description: This student-run chapter of the China Care Foundation offers several programs:
Saturday Dumplings Play Group: Brings children adopted from China and their families together with Harvard University students to learn about and share Chinese culture in a morning playgroup. Children of all ages are welcome, though most are 4-9. Parents are encouraged to stay to meet other adoptive parents.
XiongDi JieMei Mentoring Program : This "Brother and Sister" program fosters continued interest in Chinese culture for adopted children 9 and up. It pairs university students with children in a mentor-mentee relationship. Pairs spend time together at least once a week, keep in touch online or otherwise, and participate in fun monthly cultural activities for all participants in the program.
Wellesley College Asian Student Union: Meimei/Jiejie (Little Sister/Big Sister) Program
Description: Joins members of Wellesley's ASU with girls adopted from China.
Tufts University China Care Dumplings Group
Description: The Dumplings Program is geared towards children ages 6-14 who have been adopted from China by U.S. families. Tufts China Care holds monthly events for the children and their parents in hopes of creating a support network for the families and their children. The children participate in a wide range of activities that have been created to emphasize on promoting and spreading their ethnic Chinese culture.
Dartmouth Asian Organization, Dartmouth College: Pals Mentoring Program
Description: Provides mentoring to kids who are of Asian descent and/or have an interest in being exposed to aspects of a variety of Asian cultures.Â DAO Pals pairs twoBig Pals with two Little Pals to ensure that at least one Big Pal will be available to spend time with the Little Pals. Little Pals have the opportunity both to build strong relationships with their older mentors and to develop a relationship with a peer who shares a similar background. DAO Pals hold events every other weekend to provide opportunities for the Pal groups to get to know one another other better.
China Care Brown: CareBears Play Group and China Care Brown Mentoring Program
Description: This student-run chapter of the China Care Foundation offers twoÂ programs:
CareBears Playgroup (for ages 7 and below) introduces children to Chinese folk and children's songs, arts, music and crafts, basic spoken and written Chinese, food, traditional celebrations, and other cultural interests. For parents and siblings, it provides a comfortable setting for discussions and presentations on various aspects of Chinese culture.
China Care Brown Mentorship Program (for ages 7-12) fosters friendships betweenAsian Brown University students and Asian, predominantly Chinese, adopted children living in Rhode Island. Families can attend monthly meetings themed around Chinese culture. Families looking for a greater commitment can be paired with an Asian Brown University student and meet outside of the monthly meetings.