Bodhi Tree Center
Mandarin Chinese Immersion School for Children

Portland, Oregon

503-788-0336


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Chinese Toddlers Program

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Chinese Afterschool Program

Chinese Saturday Classes for Children

Japanese Classes for Children

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TODDLERS (2 years old): Mandarin Chinese Immersion Preschool for Toddlers

"The teachers provided a kind and nurturing environment at the school, and the other children were very polite and well-mannered." -- a parent

Location: SE Portland

Days: One day a week, or two days a week (M-F)

Times: 10 am - 12 noon (2 hours)

Ages: 2 years old

Program Title: Mandarin Chinese Immersion Preschool for Toddlers

Description: This class is designed for children 2 years old. Class sizes are kept small. Teachers are native speakers of Mandarin Chinese with good or excellent English. We keep the classes fun and the children engaged. Children will learn Mandarin Chinese language, conversational skills, simple greetings, some counting. In order to teach the language, and keep the children interested, we use various techniques of pedagogy, including coloring, singing and dancing, exercise and physical activity, group games, story telling, arts and crafts, and other fun activities -- all in Mandarin Chinese. A parent or guardian must be present at all times.

Registration: Please contact us to set up a time to visit the center, meet the teachers, and to learn more about what we do. To register, please print and fill out the Registration Form, then mail it back to us with a check made out to the Bodhi Tree Center to our mailing address: 5403 SE Center St., Portland, OR 97206. Early registration is strongly encouraged. Classes are filled on a first-register basis. This is a year-round program with a 3-month minimum commitment. Please contact us for more information.

Tuition: 1 day a week: $105 per month, per child, with minimum 3-month commitment, plus annual $100 registration fee


Preschoolers (Pre-K, Ages 3-5): Mandarin Chinese Immersion Preschool for Pre-K Children

"They are very good teachers, they know what they are doing. [Our child] seems to be very happy in the class. When I get home from work she shows me her work that she did that day and is very proud of what she did." -- parent of a child in Mandarin Chinese Immersion program for preschoolers

Location: SE Portland

Days: Monday through Friday, 3 and 5 days a week

Times: 10 am - 12 noon (2 hours, half day) and 10 am - 2 pm (4 hours, full day)

Ages: 3-5 years old

Program Title: Mandarin Chinese Immersion Preschool for Pre-K Children

Description: This class is designed for children ages 3 to 5. Class sizes are kept small. Teachers are native speakers of Mandarin Chinese with good or excellent English. We keep the classes fun and the children engaged. Children will learn Mandarin Chinese conversational skills, as well how to read/write Chinese characters. In order to teach the language, we use various techniques that included but are not limited to simple mathematics, arts and crafts, singing and dancing, group games, story telling, physical activites all in Mandarin Chinese. In short, they will learn how to speak and understand spoken Mandarin Chinese and they will learn how to read and write some Chinese characters, including transliteration systems pinyin and zhuyin (bopomofo). (Children must be potty trained.)

Registration: Please contact us to set up a time to visit the center, meet the teachers, and to learn more about what we do. To register, please print and fill out the Registration Form, then mail it back to us with a check made out to the Bodhi Tree Center to our mailing address: 5403 SE Center St., Portland, OR 97206. Early registration is strongly encouraged. Classes are filled on a first-register basis. This is a year-round program with a 3-month minimum commitment. Please contact us for more information.

Tuition: 3 days a week, full day: $375 per month, per child, with minimum 3-month commitment, plus annual $100 registration fee


Homeschoolers (Ages 6-12): Mandarin Chinese Immersion for Home Schooled Children

Location: SE Portland

Days: Monday through Friday, 2 or 3 days a week

Times: 9:30 am - 12 noon (2.5 hours)

Ages: 6-12 years old

Program Title: Mandarin Chinese Immersion School for Home Schooled Children

Description: This class is designed for children ages 6 to 12. Class sizes are kept small. Teachers are native speakers of Mandarin Chinese with good or excellent English. Homeschooled children learn Mandarin Chinese language (spoken Chinese) and Chinese characters (written Chinese). Language instruction is given in part while children are seated in a chair, at a table, in a classroom, with the teacher at the white board, but we also employ various other methods of instruction, which include fun and games, arts and crafts, songs, stories, physical movement and excercise, outside activities. Children new to Chinese will learn fundamentals of listening and speaking and correct pronunciation. Children who already possess some Mandarin Chinese will continue to build on what they know. Chinese characters will be taught, as well as pinyin/zhuyin (bopomofo) transliteration systems. All that and we also make learning fun!

Registration: Please contact us to set up a time to visit the center, meet the teachers, and to learn more about what we do. To register, please print and fill out the Registration Form, then mail it back to us with a check made out to the Bodhi Tree Center to our mailing address: 5403 SE Center St., Portland, OR 97206. Early registration is strongly encouraged. Classes are filled on a first-register basis. This is a year-round program with a 3-month minimum commitment. Please contact us for more information.

Tuition: 2 days a week, half day: $275 per month, per child, with minimum 3-month commitment, plus annual $100 registration fee


Afterschool Classes (Ages 6-12): Mandarin Chinese Classes After School

Location: SE Portland

Term: Quarterly

Days: 1 day a week (12 weeks)

Times: 4-5 pm (1 hour) and 4-6 pm (2 hours)

Ages: 6-12 years old

Program Title: Mandarin Chinese Immersion School for Afterschoolers

Description: This class is designed for children ages 6 to 12. Class sizes are kept small. Teachers are native speakers of Mandarin Chinese with good or excellent English. Ideally suited for children who go to school during the day, with or without Mandarin Chinese instruction. Children will learn how to converse in Mandarin Chinese (spoken Chinese) and how to read and write Chinese characters (written Chinese) through various methods of instruction, which include more traditional methods of sitting in a chair, at a table, and the teacher before them at the white board, but they will also learn Mandarin Chinese and Chinese through fun and games, arts and crafts, songs, stories, physical movement and excercise, outside activities and more. In a modified "bushiban" type of format, children will also have the opportunity to do their Chinese homework (assigned during the day at their regular schools, presuming they go to a Chinese immersion public or private school), and get assistance on it. For instance, their Chinese math homework or Chinese language arts homework. Children new to Chinese will learn fundamentals of listening and speaking and correct pronunciation. Children who already possess some Mandarin Chinese will continue to build on what they know. Chinese characters will be taught, as well as pinyin/bopomofo transliteration system.

Registration: Please contact us to set up a time to visit the center, meet the teachers, and to learn more about what we do. To register, please print and fill out the Registration Form, then mail it back to us with a check made out to the Bodhi Tree Center to our mailing address: 5403 SE Center St., Portland, OR 97206. Early registration is strongly encouraged. Classes are filled on a first-register basis. Please contact us for more information.

Tuition: $135* per student for one-hour a week program (not including the cost of materials). $270* per student for 2 hours a week program *Enroll 2 weeks in advance of the start date and receive $15 discount off the cost of enrollment.


Saturday Classes (Ages 6-12): Mandarin Chinese Classes on Saturdays

Location: SE Portland

Term: Fall 2014 (Now Enrolling!)

Days: Saturdays (1 day a week), September 6 - November 22, 2014 (12 weeks)

Times: 10 am - 12 noon (2 hours) -- Beginner classes 1 pm - 3 pm (2 hours) -- Non-Beginner classes

Ages: 6-12 years old

Program Title: Mandarin Chinese Saturday Classes for Children

Description: Beginner Classes: In the beginner classes, children learn Mandarin through tradntional methods of pedagogy (in chairs, at table, with teacher at the white board), but also through fun and games, songs, stories, some physical activity and exercise. Teachers are native speakers of Chinese. Children new to Chinese will learn fundamentals of listening and speaking and correct pronunciation. Children who already possess some Mandarin Chinese will continue to build on what they know. Some characters will be taught, as well as pinyin and/or bopomofo (transliteration systems). All that and we also make learning fun! Instructional method is both traditional (e.g., the children sit in chairs, at a table, with the teacher at a white board), but we will also employ other methods of teaching which include fun and games, physical activity and exercise, singing and dancing (or movement), listening to songs (in Chinese), watching a short clip of a movie (in Chinese) -- all with the goal of teaching Mandarin Chinese (conversation) or Chinese (characters)

Post-Beginner and Intermediate Classes: In the post-beginner classes, children continue to build on what they have learned in previous level classes. A textbook is required for post-beginner classes. Children continue to practice listening and speaking, and also reading, character recognition/memorization and writing. Pinyin and some bopomofu transliteration also used. All that and we also make learning fun! Teachers are native speakers of Chinese. A book is required for this class.

Registration: To register, please print and fill out the Registration Form, then mail it back to us with a check made out to the Bodhi Tree Center to our mailing address: 5403 SE Center St., Portland, OR 97206. Early registration is strongly encouraged. Please contact us for more information. Classes are filled on a first-register basis.

Tuition: 12-week class: $255* per student (does not include cost of textbook or materials). *Enroll two weeks in advance and receive a $15 discount off cost of enrollment.


Japanese Language Classes for Children (Ages 6-12)

Location: SE Portland

Term: Fall 2014 (Now Enrolling!)

Days: Tuesdays, September 9 - November 25 (12 weeks, 1 day a week), Beginners level 1

Times: 4-6 pm (2 hours)

Ages: 6-12 years old

Program Title: Japanese Classes for Children

Description: Absolute Beginner Classes: Afternoon Japanese language classes for absolute beginners are for children with no prior knowledge of Japanese. In this class, children learn Japanese through various methods of instruction, which include the more traditional method of sitting in a chair, at a table, with the teacher at the white board, but we also employ fun and games, songs, stories, flash cards, and written work. They will learn fundamentals of listening and speaking and correct pronunciation. Some Hiragana characters will be taught. All that and we also make learning fun! Ages: 6-12. The teacher is a native speaker of Japanese with experience teaching Japanese to children. Classes are kept small. We fill seats on a first-register basis.

Non-Beginner Classes: Afternoon Japanese language classes for non-beginners are for children with some prior knowledge of Japanese. Children continue to build on what they have learned in prior level classes. Children learn Japanese through both traditional methods of pedagogy and also other methods such as fun and games, songs, stories, flash cards, and written work. They will also continue to develop correct listening and speaking skills and correct pronunciation. More hiragana, and some kanji and katagana characters will be taught. All that and we also make learning fun! Ages: 6-12. The teacher is a native speaker of Japanese with experience teaching Japanese to children. Classes are kept small. We fill seats on a first-register basis.

Registration: To register, please mail a letter with your name, the name and age of the student, your address, phone and email address, as well as payment for the class. If paying by check, please make it out to the Bodhi Tree Center. Our address is 5403 SE Center St., Portland, OR 97206. Our mailing address: 5403 SE Center St., Portland, OR 97206. Early registration is strongly encouraged. Please contact us for more information. Classes are filled on a first-register basis.

Tuition: 10-week class: $215* per student (Tuition does not include cost of materials). *Enroll 2 weeks in advance and receive a $15 discount off the cost of enrollment.




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