A few facts: -Mandarin Chinese is spoken by 1 in 5 people in the world.
-The increasing impact of the Chinese language worldwide has become hard to stop.
-Analysts predict China could overtake the United States as the world’s greatest economic power by 2027
-Bloomberg rankings list Mandarin as scoring highest in a ranking of languages, excluding English, for use in business
In 2009 two Scarsdale moms, Joanne Teoh and Wanna Zhong sought to teach Chinese to their own children and ended up starting the Chinese Language Program (CLP) for their kids and others. The children started learning and having fun with Mandarin in the summer of 2009 at one hour classes, twice a week for 10 children. Through word of mouth demand grew to increase classes and now the program has now grown to a weekday after school program that teaches 90 children with 7 teachers on staff. The CLP summer program has evolved into a full immersion summer camp running for 10 weeks, 5 days a week from 9am-2:00pm.
CLP offers mommy and me, after-school, and summer programs that immerse children in Chinese. At CLP, young children learn Chinese through interactive play, drama, song, craft, and dance. CLP’s philosophy of teaching with fun interactive methods has proven to create great excitement in the students, whom enthusiastically come to each of their classes.
Studies have shown that a new language is best absorbed at a young age. CLP values that young minds can pick up a new language naturally and quickly. CLP teachers are trained to work with children in an interactive, fun, enthusiastic manner and allow children to engage themselves fully in the language. Through song, dance, role playing, reading, and writing the language, children grasp the language without realizing they are doing so.
"My 3 year old daughter was reading a book to her father, pointing out all the animals she saw. It was different this time though because she said all the animal names in Chinese without being prompted!! We were thrilled!" (From a CLP family member).
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