Heritage Language Programs - Chinese

Los Angeles Chinese Learning Center

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Institution: Los Angeles Chinese Learning Center

Program address: 401 N. Garfield Ave. #1, Alhambra, CA 91801

Telephone: 626-487-8909

Fax: 626-282-9252

Web address: http://chinese-school.netfirms.com/

Contact person

Name: Samuel Chong

Title: Director

Email: chineselanguagetutor@yahoo.com

Telephone: 626-487-8909

Fax: 626-282-9252

Languages/dialects taught: Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, and Mandarin Chinese translation and interpretation

Program Description

Purposes and goals of the program: To educate Americans and Chinese who aim to function professionally in English and Chinese

Type of program: Customized Chinese classes and group classes with many different options - immersion, partial immersion, bilingual, foreign language, content-based, exploratory, before or after school, or Saturday academy. The interpreters program is a California court certified program.

Program origin: It was founded in 2001 by an individual.


Instructors’ and administration’s expectations for the program: To help students to learn Chinese language and culture, and to allow certain students to be able to translate and interpret professionally


Students: 10% of students are first-generation immigrants, 20%, second-generation immigrants, and 70% are students with non-ethnic background. Students are from the United States, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

How the program identifies heritage speakers: We are open to everyone.

Possible reasons for student withdrawal: Change of work or financial conditions.


Number of instructors in the program: 12

Languages in which instructors are proficient: They are native speakers of Chinese, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

Proficiency level: They are native speakers.

Credentials: 30% of the teaching staff hold a teacher's certificate or license in teaching Chinese in California. Some teachers have a BA, and others have an MA in Education.


Total contact hours per week: Once or twice for a total of 3 hours per week.

Student grouping: They are grouped by level.

Language skills

Heritage language skills: Listening, speaking, reading, and writing

English skills: Listening, speaking, reading, and writing


Aspects of culture taught: History, festivals, customs, traditions/beliefs, religion, folktales, social and cultural norms, cultural appropriateness, and literature


Methodologies and instructional strategies used in the program: Mixed with activities and language instructions


Materials used for instruction: My Chinese Classroom (with one CD), Conversational Chinese 301, and Easy Ways to Learn Chinese Characters (Simplified Chinese Characters). Instructors use other books as well.


Assessments used to evaluate students’ progress: Chapter tests, mid-term tests, and final exams

What the program has in place

Financial support the program receives: Student tuition

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