Foreign Language 2018-19

Mandarin Chinese

Taught By:

Susan Li & Eric Liu


9:00 – 10:00


Course Duration: 1 School Year (24 Weeks).

Cost: $500 for each person including the textbook.  Payments can be paid on a semester basis if you like..  $250.00 / semester.

This course is designed to lay a groundwork for your study of Mandarin Chinese.  Whether you are merely interested in the language and culture or plan to major in Chinese in college, we hope you will share our commitment to make that groundwork a solid one.  By the end of the school year, you should be able to: 1) read and write using the Chinese Pinyin system; 2) read and write 500 simplified Chinese characters and vocabulary; 3) carry out simple conversations on every day topics such as self-introduction, family, hobbies, etc.; and 4) read a simple story related to daily life scenarios.

The textbook we use—HSK Standard Course Book 1—is specially designed for students with diverse needs and interests in pursuing Chinese as a foreign language. HSK, also known as Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì, is an international standardized test of Mandarin Chinese proficiency to evaluate non-native speakers’ language abilities in using the target language, and it consists of six levels (1-6). Passing different levels of HSK tests enables learners of Chinese to utilize the target language in different contexts of daily, academic and professional lives. HSK Standard Course Books provide detailed information on the fundamentals of Chinese language and many contextualized examples of basic characters and sentence patterns. The lessons are planned and carried out with abundant exercises on discrete language points as well as skill-building synthesized activities, which will help you put your knowledge into practice and see the connection between language study and real communication. The overarching learning goal of this Chinese course is to strengthen your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, which are approached as an integrated and mutually reinforcing whole.

Required Materials: HSK Standard Course Books 1.

Contact: Neighborhood Language Academy, 626-344-2707 or 626-708-0122

or email:


Taught by:  Lilli Witczak



12:45 – 1:45

Class begins September 10, 2018

Junior High to High School level Latin class. Memoria Press, First Form’s publisher, states that completion of the material in this book fulfills the requirements for one year of high school credit. Included in the textbook portion of the class, students will learn to recognize English derivatives of Latin words which will help them to increase their understanding of English. Latin students will have a better grasp of English grammar and will be better prepared for standardized testing (see Susan Bauer’s Well Trained Mind).

COST: $200.00 per semester ($225.00 if a charter student) plus books, etc.  Plus a one time non-refundable registration fee of $25, which is waived for students whose paid tuition and registration are postmarked before August 1.

Course duration: 1 year.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Students are expected to bring the following to class on the first day.

  • From Memoria Press:  First Form Student Text
  •                                                 First Form Student Workbook
  •                                                 First Form Workbook Key (not the one that contains quiz and  test keys)
  •                                                 First Form Quizzes and Tests
  •                                                 First Form Pronunciation CD (optional)
  •                                                 First Form Flashcards (optional)

Please purchase Memoria Press items from Excellence in Education (EIE).  Please order at least two weeks prior to first class.

  • From Cambridge University Press:    Cambridge Latin Course Unit 1.
  •                                                             ISBN: 978-0-521-00434-3

Please note that Miss Lilli is also available for private instruction for students interested in studying Second, Third, and Fourth Form Latin

CONTACT: Lilli Witczak (626)232-7932 or email: