Weekend Programs 週末班

Weekend Academy for Chinese Language and Culture

In September 2013, Kwong Kow Chinese School (KKCS) launched the new Chinese Language and Culture curriculum, which has been designed according to guidelines provided in the Core Curriculum of the Massachusetts Frameworks for Foreign Languages, and informed by the Language-B requirements for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. This program will bring together native speakers of Mandarin and Cantonese as they collaborate in working through a rigorous matrix of second-language learning, so that graduates of the program will be well prepared for the SAT Subject Test in Chinese. We also offer AP Chinese Language and Culture when there is enough interest.

Student learning is assessed through use of a rubric that addresses competencies in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  A significant proportion of the new curriculum will be devoted to the learning of Chinese history and culture, and Chinese American history.

Weekend Academy for Language and Culture Program Schedule

9:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Learning Chinese language arts from textbooks and other materials, in an interactive classroom
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Learning history, culture, and everyday applications through conversations and multimedia means


Course Progression in Mainstream Language & Culture Program

Discovery Group

Incubating Group

Emerging Group

Blooming Group

Accomplishing Group

Graduation Class

1 year of exploration, age 5 – 6

2 years, typical age 6 – 10

2 years, typical age 8 – 12

2 years, typical age 10 –14

2 years, typical age 12 – 16

1 year, typical age 14 – 18 (school grade 9 – 10)


Typically, a student would take 10 years to complete the entire mainstream program and to be prepared for the SAT Subject Test in Chinese.

Arts & Culture Program

  • Yangqin (Chinese Dulcimer)
  • Guzheng (Chinese Zither)
  • Lion Dance and Kung Fu
  • Chinese Traditional & Folk Dances
  • Beginning Violin
  • Children’s Art Studio
  • Sketching and Drawing
  • Chinese Painting and Calligraphy

Tutorials and Test Preps

  • Grades 2–8 English and Math Tutorials
  • Middle & High School English and Math Tutorials
  • AP Chinese and SAT Chinese Subject Test Preparation
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