Friday Chinese Class for students grades 1- 5
Level 1

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3:15-3:45 Pick up from Murch and snack
3:45-4:30 Recess
4:30- 5:15 Chinese class

At 5:15 PM:
Option #1: pick up
Option #2: 5:15 to 6:00 PM - Enroll in the Aftercare Program.

Pick up options for this course: 5:15 PM, 6:00 PM or 6:30 PM (prices for each pick up option are indicated below).

Class - Level 1

Introduction to Chinese for Elementary School Students - Classes are conducted in Chinese by a native speaker

Older children with some literacy (ages 6 to 10 years)

Designed for students who have little or no previous Chinese language knowledge, or have had some prior exposure and need to practice.

This class uses integrative scenario-based methodology (function driven, focusing on authentic texts and tasks appropriate to student’s level).  Attention is given to traditional Chinese culture like a tea ceremony, the Chinese Zodiac, Chinese Festivals, etc.  

Topics include but not limited to: 

    • Greetings
    • Family members
    • Numbers
    • Time (minute, hour, week, month, year)
    • Parts of the body
    • Food and drinks
    • Feelings
    • Animals
    • Seasons and Weather
    • Smells and tastes
    • Chinese zodiac signs, Chinese festivals and myths
    • Location and direction
    • Home, schools and markets

The students will: 

    • Be encouraged to communicate in Chinese
    • Read Chinese based on the Pinyin, the alphabet for the Chinese language (han yu).
    • Learn to write their names in Chinese and the 10 essential radicals, the Chinese characters components that build all the Chinese charters. For example, t火(fire),水(water),人(people),土(soil)
    • Be introduced to the four tones and learn to comfortably speak key words and phrases.
    • Be able to express themselves in simple phrases by recombining learned material
    • Identify the main idea of commercials, announcements, and speech directed at them in areas of immediate need

Tuition Fees

$120/month – This fee includes: Pick up from Murch at 3:15 PM, snack and recess from 3:45 to 4:40 PM and Chinese Class from 4:30 PM to 5:15 PM.

Pick up at 6:00 PM on Friday: $140 per month

If you'd like to enroll your child in the Aftercare Program additional days of your choice (when your child doesn't have language classes) from 3:15 PM to 6:00 PM:

1 additional day: for an extra $80/month
2 additional days: for an extra $140/month
3 additional days: for an extra $200/month
4 additional days: for an extra $240/month

Extra time until 6:30 PM

Extra time 1 day: additional $10 per month
Extra time 2 days: additional $20 per month
Extra time 3 days: additional $30 per month
Extra time 4 days: additional $40 per month
Extra time 5 days: additional $50 per month

When registering, pay a one time $350 fee for the 6:30 PM pick up. Use the extra time every day or as needed.

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Additional information

End Of The Year Open House and Children's Show Case

Every year around the end of May the Language Program gathers all the families together for dinner and children's performances. Children prepare plays and songs in the language they are studying and then perform them at the Open House. Some groups prepare their own costumes and special messages for the audience. It also allows the parents a chance to socialize with other families and to engage with the language teachers.


During DCPS closings and most Federal Holidays, the Language Program stays open. Each camp has a different theme. The Language Program also organizes Language Summer Camps, For more info, go to the Camp Page.

Late pick-up

Please call us when you are late (202) 487-1857. Late pick-ups are charged a $10 flat fee up to 15 minutes, $20 thereafter.

Pick-up from Murch and drop off to Murch for enrichment activities

The Language Program will pick up from Murch's extracurricular activities that last at least 6 weeks. If you'd like to take advantage of this service, you must fill out this form.

Elective activities at CLS

Aside from language, playground and homework assistance,, CLS offers art, drama, chess, sewing/ crafts-making, and others. Parents can sign up for one or more activities in the registration form.


The Program's policy is to keep the books and other material in the children's personal folder at the Language Program. Books and other material will be given to parents at the end of the school year.

Parent/teachers communication

Parents are encouraged to share concerns when they arise so teachers can have the time to implement the necessary changes. To schedule a meeting with a teacher or with the Program Director any time during the school year, please call the Language Program.

Online Lesson Plans

Parents will be able to follow what their child is doing in our language classes. Lesson plans will be uploaded on a weekly basis..

Only parents of currently enrolled children will be able to view this information. Parents will receive information on how to access the lesson plans shortly after they register their child.