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Academic Chinese for Children

Academic Chinese Classes for Children

The Academic Chinese program is a group class where children will learn to hear and understand, speak, read and write Chinese Mandarin with a focus on simplified characters. We implement a combination of teaching methods to make sure that children are learning the language with the Natural Approach. Sessions increase in language immersion gradually as we cover topics based on a variety of school subjects.

There are two (2) sessions from August to December. There are two (2) sessions from January to May. Each session is $595 and with a down payment of just $300, you can reserve your child's seat in class today.

Fall & Winter Sessions:

August 5th, 2024 - October 11th, 2024

October 14th, 2024 - December 20th, 2024

Upcoming classes for 2024-2025 Academic Year.

Sign up early for the August 2024 session.

*For family convenience, we do observe national U.S. holidays within the sessions.*

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Academic Chinese Classes for Children

Elevate Your Child's Learning Journey

Comprehensive Curriculum

Our Academic Chinese classes are designed to provide a solid foundation in Mandarin, blending language learning with academic subjects. Students will explore topics such as math, science, social studies, and literature, all taught in Chinese to enhance their language skills and subject knowledge simultaneously.

Structured Learning Environment

Key Babel Institute offers a structured and supportive learning environment that encourages self-discipline and consistent progress. Our experienced instructors use a well-rounded approach to ensure that students gain proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Skill Development
  • Listening and Speaking: Interactive lessons involving role-playing, storytelling and guided conversations to build knowledge and fluency.
  • Reading and Writing: Age-appropriate reading materials, writing exercises, and comprehension tasks to develop literacy skills in Mandarin Chinese.
  • Critical Thinking: Problem-solving activities and projects that integrate academic subjects with language learning to enhance cognitive skills and critical thinking.
Cultural Immersion

Understanding cultural context is key to mastering any language. Our Academic Chinese program includes lessons on Chinese history, traditions and customs. Students will participate in cultural activities such as celebrating Chinese festivals, learning traditional songs and more.

Personalized Attention

Each student receives personalized attention to cater to their individual learning pace and style. Our small class sizes ensure that instructors can provide focused support and feedback, helping each child achieve their full potential.

Parental Involvement

We believe that parental involvement is crucial to a child's success. We provide regular updates on your child's progress and offer resources for parents or guardians to support ongoing language learning at home. Parent-teacher meetings and progress reports help keep you informed and engaged in your child's education.

Flexible Scheduling

Our Academic Chinese program is available as an after-school program, home school classes, or intensive holiday courses. As live virtual classes, we have the ability to provide flexibility and convenience.

Academic Excellence

Our Academic Chinese program aims to not only teach the Chinese language, but also to instill a love for learning and academic excellence. Students will gain the skills and confidence needed to excel in their both academic and future career choices.

Enrollment and Pricing
Contact us for enrollment details and pricing information. Our competitive rates and flexible payment plans make high-quality foreign language education accessible to all families.

Is Learning Mandarin Hard?

Debunking the Myths and Embracing the Challenge

Understanding the Perception Mandarin Chinese is often perceived as one of the most challenging languages to learn due to its unique writing system, tonal nature, and unfamiliar grammar structures. While it is true that Mandarin has its complexities, it is also a highly logical and rewarding language to master. Let’s break down some of the common challenges and highlight the aspects that make learning Mandarin achievable and enjoyable.

Tonal Language

Mandarin Chinese uses four main tones and a neutral tone to distinguish meanings of words that otherwise sound the same. This tonal aspect can be challenging for beginners, but with practice and exposure, learners can develop a good ear for these distinctions. Interactive listening exercises and speaking practice with our teacher team are effective ways to master tones.

Consistent Pronunciation

Mandarin has consistent pronunciation rules, making it easier for learners to predict how words are pronounced. Zhuyin, an alphabet system of Chinese characters, also helps learners read and pronounce words correctly from the beginning.

Writing System

The Chinese writing system is composed of characters, each representing a word or a meaningful part of a word. Learning to read and write Chinese characters can seem daunting, but it becomes manageable through systematic study and practice. Understanding the components and structure of characters, such as radicals and strokes, helps in memorizing and recognizing them. Many learners find joy in the visual and artistic aspect of Chinese calligraphy.

Immersion Learning

Immersive learning techniques such engaging with other speakers and consuming Chinese media (films, music, books) significantly enhance language acquisition. Real-life practice and cultural exposure accelerate the learning process and make it more enjoyable.

Grammar Simplicity

Unlike many European languages, Mandarin grammar is relatively straightforward. There are no conjugations, gendered nouns, or complex verb tenses. Sentence structure follows a logical Subject-Verb-Object order, and once you grasp the basic grammar rules, forming sentences becomes intuitive. It's so similar to English, it makes learning Chinese easy!

Supportive Learning Environment

Having access to structured courses, experienced teachers, and interactive resources makes a big difference in the learning experience. A supportive and engaging environment helps learners stay motivated and overcome challenges effectively.

Enjoying Your Child's Chinese Language Journey

Learning Mandarin is a journey that opens up new cultural and cognitive horizons. It fosters a deeper understanding of Chinese culture, improves your child's cognitive abilities, and enhances their personal and professional opportunities. Embracing the process with patience and curiosity will lead to rewarding outcomes.

10 Essential Moral Values

Guiding Principles for a Meaningful Life

Honesty is the foundation of trust and integrity. Being truthful in our words and actions builds credibility and fosters genuine relationships. It encourages transparency and prevents misunderstandings.

Respect involves recognizing the inherent worth of every individual and treating others with consideration and kindness. It includes respecting differences in opinions, beliefs, and cultures, promoting a harmonious and inclusive society.

Taking responsibility means being accountable for our actions and their consequences. It involves fulfilling our duties and obligations, and making decisions that positively impact ourselves and others.

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. It fosters compassion and helps build strong, supportive relationships. Practicing empathy leads to a more caring and connected community.

Fairness is about treating people justly and equitably, without favoritism or discrimination. It involves making impartial decisions and ensuring that everyone has equal opportunities and rights.


Humility is the quality of being modest and respectful, recognizing our limitations and valuing the contributions of others. It involves being open to feedback and learning from our experiences.

Kindness is the act of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Simple acts of kindness can make a significant difference in the lives of others, creating a ripple effect of positivity and goodwill.


Integrity means adhering to strong moral and ethical principles. It involves being honest, trustworthy, and consistent in our actions. Living with integrity builds a reputation of reliability and earns the respect of others.

Courage is the strength to face challenges, take risks, and stand up for what is right, even in the face of fear or adversity. It enables us to overcome obstacles and pursue our goals with determination.

Gratitude involves appreciating and acknowledging the good things in our lives. Practicing gratitude enhances our well-being, fosters positive relationships, and helps us maintain a positive outlook.

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How do these sessions work?

Teen Group Class [12 students max]

        • Live virtual Weekly classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays 
        • TIME (Between 4pm-6pm EST)
        • Bespoke course content guiding students into career oriented cultural understanding and cross cultural communication.
        • Homework and Supplementary Reading is emailed.
        • 2 special event classes on a Friday or Saturday.

[4 possible sessions per year]

***Classes pending enrollment***

Elementary Group Class [12 students max]

        • Live virtual Weekly classes on Mondays and Wednesdays 
        • TIME (Between 4pm-6pm EST)
        • Bespoke course content introducing culture, geography and core elementary school level content.
        • Homework and Complementary Material is emailed.
        • 2 special event classes on a Friday or Saturday.

[4 possible sessions per year]

***Class currently active.***

Our Fall 2020 Curriculum Sample

The globe, family tree, birthdays and work issues taught in Chinese at Key Babel.

August Focus

  • Countries and the season of Fall
  • Family dynamics in different cultures

September Focus

  • Birthday celebration norms in different countries
  • What it means to be a friend

October Focus

  • Occupations
  • Human heroes in various occupations

Character and Homework worksheets are uniquely created to fit our lessons. Students also receive extra material to assist with maintaining interest throughout the course.

Depicts goals, holidays and emotions to be taught in Chinese at Key Babel.

October Focus

  • Dreams vs Goals
  • Chasing dreams

November Focus

  • Working through emoions
  • L.ove A.nger G.ratitude S.adness

December Focus

  • The American Holiday Spirit

Character and Homework worksheets are uniquely created to fit our lessons. Students also receive extra material to assist with maintaining interest throughout the course.

Event Chinese Classes

Rather than vigorous testing schedules and goals, we prefer to have fun-filled event classes where the students can use the Chinese they know freely to participate in various activities. Yes, even through the screen. A special party with different students and teachers is a great way to make our children feel like a part of the Key Babel online campus community! Since we work hard, we can play hard.

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Academic Chinese for Schools

Are you looking for qualified teachers to help your students acquire the Chinese language? You would benefit greatly from our academic Chinese series, too. Contact us about adding Chinese Mandarin lessons to your school's curriculum today.

Chinese for Kids

Fun and Engaging Mandarin Classes for Young Learners

Interactive Learning Experience

Our Chinese for Kids program is designed to make learning Mandarin enjoyable and effective for young children. We use interactive methods such as games, songs, storytelling, and hands-on activities to keep kids engaged and excited about learning a new language.

Age-Appropriate Curriculum

The curriculum is tailored to meet the developmental needs of children, focusing on foundational language skills. We cover basic vocabulary, simple phrases, and essential grammar through playful and relatable themes that capture children's imaginations.

Parental Involvement

We believe that parents play a crucial role in their child's language learning journey. We provide resources and suggestions for parents to reinforce Mandarin at home, such as reading Chinese storybooks, watching educational videos, or practicing simple conversations.

Flexible Class Options

Our Chinese for Kids program offers flexible scheduling to fit your family's needs. Choose from after-school classes, home school lessons, or summer camps. The online options we have available provide convenience and accessibility.

Key Features of Our Program:

Playful Storytelling

Children learn best when they are having fun. Our classes incorporate storytelling sessions that introduce new vocabulary and phrases in a captivating and memorable way. Colorful illustrations and animations bring stories to life, making learning an adventure.

Songs and Rhymes

Music is a powerful learning tool for young children. We use Chinese songs and rhymes to teach pronunciation, rhythm, and basic vocabulary. Singing along to catchy tunes helps children internalize the language naturally and joyfully.

Interactive Games

Learning through play is essential for children. Our classes include a variety of interactive games that encourage active participation and reinforce language skills. From language puzzles to role-playing, these activities make learning Mandarin fun and dynamic.

Hands-On Crafts

Incorporating arts and crafts into language lessons makes learning tangible and creative. Kids engage in projects such as making Chinese paper lanterns, painting calligraphy, or crafting dragon masks, which provide cultural insights and relevant vocabulary.

Cultural Immersion

We introduce children to Chinese culture through lessons on traditions, festivals, and everyday life in China. Celebrating events like Chinese New Year or the Mid-Autumn Festival makes learning meaningful and helps children understand the cultural context of the language.

Supportive Environment

Our experienced and caring instructors create a supportive and nurturing environment where children feel comfortable and confident to learn and explore. Small class sizes ensure personalized attention and effective learning.

Enrollment and Pricing

Contact us for enrollment details and pricing information. We offer competitive rates and flexible payment plans to make high-quality language education accessible to all families.
Enroll Today