Beginning Classes

Preschool & Kindergarten Classes:  We specialize in programs for children ages 1 & up.  Fun, hands-on learning through play for children and their parents. Our custom multi-media curriculum develops a love of Chinese through songs, stories and games.  Saturday morning classes in Lansdale and NEW Mandarin Mondays at Friends Central starting in April.  

Elementary, Teen and Adult Classes:  Fun immersion curriculum using multi-media and type-to-learn resources based on the American Council for Teachers of Foreign Language (ACTFL) standards. Develop a foundation in listening and speaking while building real-world reading and writing skills for the AP exam.  Classes are 1.5 hours to 2 in length.  Intensive summer programs  are available.

Classes for Adults & Children

Intermediate Classes

Elementary, Youth/Teen and Adult Classes:  For students at the novice high/intermediate low ACTFL level in reading, speaking and listening comprehension.  These unique higher level classes incorporate communication skills beyond the basic level including verbal and written story telling skills, handling challenging situations, and reading/writing about traditional Chinese idioms, proverbs and cultural traditions.  We address the verbal, reading, listening and writing skills needed for the AP Chinese exam and daily life.  An emphasis is placed on effective verbal and electronic written communications with handwriting as a secondary means of writing Chinese.  Classes are 2 hours in length each week.  Intensive summer programs are available.   

Programs for Private & Public Schools:  We offer in-school and after school programs for students in public and private schools.  We are happy to work with schools to tailor a program to meet your individual needs.  Contact us to schedule an appointment via email or call 610-844-2878. 

Private Instruction: one-on-one private classes are available in-person or online.  To discuss your needs please email or call 610-844-2878 to schedule a conversation.  

Educational tours of China

  • Adventures in Ancient China
  • Silk Road Grottoes of Gansu
  • Highlights of History

Watch our video lessons and travelogues from China on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

2017-2018 School year

2018 Event Schedule

  • September 14 6-9pm - Asian Chef PAAFF Experience benefiting the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival University of the Arts for adults & teens (Purchase tickets)
  • September 23 1-8pm - Autumn Moon Festival in Philadelphia's Chinatown for families FREE
  • October 12 7-11pm Chinatown Night Market in Philadelphia for families FREE
  • January 27 11am-4pm - University of Pennsylvania Museum Chinese New Year Student Performances for all student families FREE for current CFF student families
  • January 28 10:00am-1pm - Terra Cotta Warriors Field Trip - Franklin Institute exhibit tour, workshop & lunch for families
  • March 3 - School Lantern Festival Party Lansdale for all student families
  • May 19 11am-5pm Asian Pacific American  Heritage Month Festival in South Philly for families FREE
Textbooks & Resources (billed in addition to tuition)

Beginning Classes Content is specific to the age and semester and may include:

AP Chinese/Intermediate classes

Additional resources (video, audio and written) will be identified following individual student assessment.

To Enroll  Download a registration form and contact us via email or message us via Facebook.  We would love to talk with you about your learning goals.  Call 610-844-2878 for more information.

Pre-Adoption Classes for Parents

Classes are available for parents and caregivers traveling to China or Taiwan to adopt a child.  This program is custom tailored to meet the needs of each family.  It includes a CD and Travel Chinese book written specifically for adoption trips by an Adoptive Parent and Chinese-as-second-language specialist. 

The focus of the class is to prepare parents to communicate in Mandarin with their child.  Each course consists of 3 two hour classes. 

Tuition is $200/family including materials. Classes are offered in person and via Skype.

Contact Chinese for Families via email  info @ ChineseForFamilies .com or message us via Facebook  to enroll.