“Tomorrow’s leaders must be able to compete, work and thrive in a globalized world with diverse, multilingual consumers and economies in which China and the U.S. will continue to be major players. By offering American students early education opportunities to learn Mandarin, we can prepare them for careers in a world and workplace in which our country’s bilateral ties play a consequential role.”
We take pride in the educational and professional backgrounds of our teachers, all of whom have a Bachelor’s degree and experience teaching Mandarin Chinese to young children. They are native speakers of the language and are pursuing Master’s degrees in Education at prestigious institutions, including Columbia University’s Teachers College. Their various certifications range from specialized curriculums to CPR and first aid. All Mandarin Mission team members undergo a background check.
Enrollment is capped at 12 students per class to create a dynamic learning environment while still enabling individualized attention. Each class has a lead teacher and an assistant to ensure a high instructor to student ratio.
It takes attentiveness and creativity to teach Mandarin Chinese to a group of children with different abilities. We recognize that each student is unique, and our teachers spend extensive time assessing both skills and needs as well as tracking individual progress throughout the session. Our teachers address divergent student needs through a variety of instructions and groupings. For instance, more fluent students may be given an extra task than less fluent students within the same exercise in order to provide the appropriate level of challenge. Breaking the class up into small groups and pairs with matching abilities allows students to proceed at the pace they need for language development. Our goal is to meet individual learner needs and preferences, while challenging all students to grow.
No way! We take extra care to maintain an atmosphere of warmth and inclusion, especially since we know students start at different levels. The teacher uses facial and body cues along with engaging props and materials to draw in children so that even those with no Chinese exposure can understand what is being conveyed. We find they typically follow along with their peers and gradually absorb the language themselves. Our small class size and high instructor to student ratio (1:6) help accelerate this process by enabling individualized attention, especially when students break off into groups or pairs for practical application.
We encourage parents to read books in Mandarin – many have text in both English and Chinese. Listening to music and watching programs in Mandarin also help. There are excellent online resources that provide ideas and tips you can use to support your child at home.
Yes, providing there is space. Tuition will be pro-rated. Please email us to register.
We strive to maintain a safe environment for all children, some of whom have sensitive allergies.
We encourage independence! And honestly, sometimes children can be distracted by their parents’ presence, and we want them to be focused on the tasks at hand. We understand that new experiences can be challenging for children (and parents), so we make an exception during the first class of each session when you can stay for 15 minutes. After that, please take a stroll or run an errand during the rest of class. You’re welcome. Or you can hang out in a waiting area inside the Jubilee Center until pick-up time.
We teach in a bright and spacious classroom on the third floor of the Jubilee Center of Hoboken (601-603 Jackson Street between 6th and 7th Streets). There is an elevator for strollers. Street parking is available, and the Light Rail (9th Street Station) is just a 5-minute walk away. There is also a small area where you can wait for your child during class.
The Jubilee Center of Hoboken has an elevator, so you can take your stroller with you to the third floor where class is held. The hallway is wide enough to accommodate your stroller when you’re dropping off and picking up your child. We ask, however, that you take your stroller with you and do not store it in the hallway during class.
The Jubilee Center of Hoboken makes the decision to close the facility in case of inclement weather, but there may be occasions when Mandarin Mission cancels class even if the facility remains open. This is because some of our teachers do not live locally and may not be able to commute if conditions are unsafe or transportation is impacted. If cancellation is necessary, we will send a notification email with as much advance notification as possible but never later than 8am on the scheduled class day. You can also check our Facebook page for closure information.
We offer one make-up class per session but do not issue refunds. All classes are non-refundable, since programming is planned and materials are purchased well in advance of the first day of class for the number of registered children. We appreciate your recognition of the time and effort we invest to optimize your child’s experience.