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Westlake Chinese School offers different levels of Simplified Chinese classes (suitable for students whose parents have a Chinese native language background) and Chinese culture classes (suitable for students whose parents do not have a native Chinese language background, adopted Chinese children and those interested in Chinese culture and arts) and extra curriculum programs, such as Tai Chi, Martial Arts, Painting, Dancing, Badminton, Table Tennis, Cucurbit flute, Vocal Class, etc. Both parents and students are welcome. For specific course teaching content and teaching materials, please refer to the relevant pages for details.

culture class one

Instructor:Teacher Zhang

Target Student:

Age 6--10 years old


Easy Steps to Chinese 1

Teacher Zhang:

China: Primary school Chinese teacher for 12 years University Chinese as a foreign language teacher for two years

United States: Three years as a primary school Chinese teacher


Teacher Zhang has a flexible and diverse teaching style, and adopts an entertaining teaching method to help students master Chinese easily and increase their interest in Chinese learning.

Course Introduction

Culture Class 1 will introduce some commonly used Chinese characters and vocabulary, including numbers, family members, colors, food, etc. Students will learn to use these vocabulary to carry out basic conversations, build a foundation in Chinese, and master the language skills necessary for everyday life. The course will also introduce Chinese cultural elements, such as traditional festivals, culture and art, etc., so that students can better understand Chinese culture and customs, and mobilize their enthusiasm for learning Chinese.


Cultural class two

Teacher: Cui, Shunshun

Target Student:

Age 8-13 years old


Easy Steps to Chinese 2

6 years of professional career as a Nanjing bilingual kindergarten teacher, 7 years of Chinese teaching experience after coming to the United States, currently a teacher of Westshore Montessori Toddler and a Chinese teacher of the second class of culture at West Lake Chinese School.

Course Introduction

Culture Class 2 is a basic Chinese class. The class will focus on simple daily Chinese conversations, consonants, vowels, strokes and simple Chinese characters. The teaching method of interspersed games and the use of self-made cards will make children interested in learning Chinese and master the basic listening and speaking skills of Chinese. . Teach children Chinese pinyin and strokes. Lay a solid foundation for children to learn Chinese reading. The main homework is to practice the pronunciation of Pinyin, supplemented by the practice of writing simple Chinese characters.

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Cultural class three

Instructor: Xu, Yaokun

Target Student:

Age 7--11 years old


Easy Steps to Chinese 2

In July 2001, Xu Yaokun graduated from Guangdong Second Normal University (formerly known as Guangdong Institute of Education) majoring in English education. Master degree in May 2018, graduated from Cleveland State University, majoring in accounting/tax law. Since 2012, she has served as a cultural class teacher at Westlake Chinese School, with 10 years of teaching experience in the United States (2022). Before coming to the United States in 2001, she worked as an intern at Dongfanghong Middle School in China for half a year.

Course Introduction

The second class of culture is based on dialogue, supplemented by reading and writing. The content of the textbook includes reviewing Chinese pinyin, simple strokes and Chinese numbers, gradually deepening to learn to use Chinese numbers to answer the date of the day, learn to introduce yourself and describe family members in the form of dialogue, learn to describe time, daily life and common means of transportation, learn to describe Colors, clothing and body parts, etc. This school year is a big step for students to learn to write dialogues into short essays. Teachers will communicate with students and parents, so that students can gradually develop from writing a diary to learning to write short essays.

Supplementary extracurricular knowledge includes guiding students to read pictures and texts to deepen their understanding of Chinese culture and customs. Consolidate knowledge by writing common Chinese characters in stroke order, and a happy children's song in each unit can further strengthen spoken Chinese. Our teaching goal is to let students increase their knowledge of Chinese and deepen their understanding of Chinese civilization day by day under the subtle environment of rap and singing, so that students will like to go to Chinese schools to learn Chinese more.

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Cultural class four

Instructor: Deng, Xiaojing

Target Student:

Age 8-15 years old


Easy Steps to Chinese 3

Ms. Deng Xiaojing graduated from Zhongnan University of Political Science and Law, majoring in accounting. Then she moved to the United States with her husband. In 2017, my child entered the West Lake Chinese School. Since he is a child in an all-English environment, he began to firmly refuse to learn Chinese, and his grades were once poor. I communicated with his Chinese teacher Xu Yaokun in time, and gave him proper tutoring at home, which made his grades improve quickly. The most important thing is that he fell in love with learning Chinese and fell in love with Chinese traditional culture. In 2018, I was recommended by Teacher Xu to join the teacher team of West Lake Chinese School! After four years of Chinese teaching experience, I realized that it is very important to maintain children's interest in learning Chinese, and it is also important to maintain communication with parents about their children's Chinese learning progress. Children born in the United States have too few opportunities to contact Chinese. I hope to work together with your families to create more opportunities for children to contact Chinese and traditional Chinese culture.

Course Introduction

Textbook Summary

1. "Easy Learning Chinese II" is divided into five units with a total of fifteen lessons; each lesson has a theme, and we complete it in two class hours.

Second, starting from this book, four single characters are introduced in each lesson to lay a solid foundation for future learning of combined characters, especially phonograms.

Third, the review of radicals runs through the whole book. Fourth, the practice of initials, finals and tones throughout the book. Fifth, students' books come with CDs, and there are listening exercises after each class;

teaching objectives

The first unit

*Able to ask and express nationality and language*Able to ask and tell about subjects studied, and express if you like it*Can make phone calls and meet friends by phone

Unit 2 

 * Can ask and express seasonal and weather conditions * Can ask and express symptoms * Can express simple wishes, such as not wanting to go to school, wanting to rest

Unit 3

*Able to ask and express hobbies, including music, sports, sports, and art *Able to ask and express how much time you spend doing one thing *Able to express general state of action or in progress *Can express simple wishes, such as watching sports programme

Unit 4

* Can simply express favorite vegetables, fruits, fast food, Chinese food, beverages and three meals a day * Can use Chinese for shopping and eating in restaurants

*Able to ask and express the price

*Able to express liking/disliking some things or things *Able to express past actions, ongoing actions and future actions

Unit 5

*Can describe furniture, including rooms, furniture, appliances, and living environments


 In addition to the teaching objectives above, there will be homework for each class. Students will be asked to make their own character cards for each class. At the end of the school year, each student can read and write 60 single characters independently. By learning Pinyin, each student needs to be able to independently read short texts with Pinyin.

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​ Culture Class Five

Instructor: Wu, Tingting

Target Student:

Age 9--16 years old


Easy Learning Chinese 4

In 2012, Wu Tingting graduated from Shenyang University of Science and Technology with a master's degree in vehicle engineering. I came to the United States with her husband to live until now. Since 2018, I have joined the big family of Westlake Chinese School, learning and growing together with teachers and students. My philosophy is that it is very important to lay a solid foundation for children's Chinese. I hope that learning in Chinese schools can become a stepping stone for children to learn Chinese in the future. At the same time, I also welcome parents and children to give me reasonable opinions, so that we can make progress together and achieve our goals. Thank you to every parent for your understanding and support!

​Course Introduction

The fifth class of culture mainly focuses on the learning and practice of common items and words in daily life. At the same time combined with the writing of Chinese characters to enhance memory. In the classroom, oral practice and reading texts are used as the main training methods, and it is hoped that children can answer questions without books. In order to achieve a good learning effect, there will be corresponding homework after class to consolidate the learning content of the day.
1: Listening In listening, try your best to understand the words and phrases you have learned, and simple questions.
2: After finishing the teaching content of the day, the teacher should speak English, and the students should speak Chinese accordingly. For example: I say running, and the student answers running. I said my father likes running, and the student replied that my father likes running.
3: After reading each lesson, we will learn a short essay and complete the translation between Chinese and English. After finishing the study, the students need to independently complete the reading of the text of the day, and the teacher corrects the pronunciation so that the pronunciation is clear and the reading is smooth.
Example: My name is Gao Li. Our family loves sports. My dad likes to run. He runs an hour a day. My mother likes to swim. She swims every morning. As for me, I like to play tennis with my friends.
4: The writing of Chinese characters is crucial, and there will be a qualitative leap through continuous practice. So each class will set aside at least a third of the time for practice correction. I will write the stroke order of each Chinese character on the blackboard in detail and completely, and students should write and record in strict accordance with the writing order. In order to facilitate the completion of homework and the memory of Chinese strokes.

Substitute Teacher

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Ma, Tianyu
Lu, Jia
Wang, Lei
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