Heritage Language Programs - Chinese

Columbus Chinese Academy

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Address: P.O. Box 82244, Columbus, OH 43202

Telephone: (614) 792-5825

Fax: (614) 458-3583

Web address: www.ohcca.org

Contact: Ying-Liang Chou, Principal

Email: chouyl@battelle.org

Languages/dialects taught: Mandarin and Taiwanese

Program Description

Purposes and goals of the program:
• Offer Chinese language and cultural classes for children from 3 to 18 years old

Type of program: Saturday academy

Program origin: The program was founded in 1973.

Parents’ expectations for the program:
• Children will learn Chinese

Instructors’ and administration’s expectations for the program: Staff are parents who are unpaid volunteers helping the children learn Chinese


Countries of origin: Most students (or their parents) are from Taiwan

Total student enrollment: 230

Age of students: 3-18

How the program determines the language background and language proficiency of students: Oral interviews

Percentage of students who complete the program: 90%

Percentage of students who continue to study the heritage language after completing the program: 50%

Possible reasons for student withdrawal:
• Busy weekend schedules

Students’ attitudes toward the language varieties they speak: Students are proud that they can speak Chinese.


Number of instructors in the program: 40

Languages in which instructors are proficient: Mandarin

Proficiency level: Native speakers

Credentials: Instructors are parent volunteers.

Professional development opportunities for instructors:
• Overseas Chinese Teachers Conferences, sponsored by Taiwanese Cultural Center
• Alternative Teacher Licensure Training Program, Ohio State University

Professional development opportunities instructors need:
• Local conferences

Comments: Almost all teachers are mothers of the students.


Total contact hours per week: 3 hours

Times per week: 1

Student grouping: Students are grouped by grade-level

Language skills

Skills developed by the program: Listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Mandarin

Levels of language proficiency reached by the end of the program: Students become proficient listeners, speakers, readers, and writers of Mandarin.


Aspects of culture taught:
• Arts and crafts
• Songs and dances
• Rhymes
• Chinese yo-yo
• Kung-Fu
• Tai-Chi

Kind of student identity fostered by program: The program develops children who cherish their Chinese heritage and speak, read, and write Chinese.


Methodologies and instructional strategies used in the program: Various


Textbooks: Texts are provided by the Taiwanese government’s Overseas Council

Other materials used for instruction: Trade books

Technology used for instruction:
• Overhead projectors
• PCs and LCD projectors


Assessments used to evaluate students’ progress:
• Chapter tests
• Midterm exams
• Final exams
• Teacher’s observations
• Task-based assessments


How the program promotes parent involvement: Parents frequently volunteer for school functions. All staff members and almost all teachers are parents.

Opportunities for using the heritage language and developing cultural knowledge outside the program:
• Students talk to their parent and grandparents in Chinese
• Many students used what they learn at the Academy to earn credits in college.

What the program has in place

Types of financial support the program receives:
• Support from government of Taiwan
• Student tuition
• Additional support from parents
• Support from local community organizations

Types of support the program receives from these or other entities:
• Fundraising events managed by staff
• School activities run by parent volunteers

Solicitation of funding: Staff members solicit funding and other support.

Comments: Program is looking for a permanent location.

Special challenges

Challenges the program has experienced:
• Lack of permanent location
• High dropout rate for older students
• Finding qualified teachers

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