After School @HWIS


Our Virtual After School Language (ASL) program offers Spanish and Mandarin immersion classes taught by our experienced team of native speaking teachers.
Whether your child is just starting to learn Mandarin/Spanish, or is looking to improve upon his/her existing Mandarin/Spanish level, there is a class that will fit her ability and schedule! Studies show that students find learning in a group setting to be motivational.

  • Fully LIVE, 100% immersion in Spanish or Mandarin
  • Students are grouped by age: 4-6 years, 7-9 years, and 10-12 years
  • Schedule: 2 times per week (Tuesday/Thursday) or 4 times per week (Monday-Thursday)
  • Times: 4-5pm or 5-6pm
  • Trimester (Fall, Winter, Spring) or Full Year (discounted offer)
  • Group size: 4-8 students
  • Nyema
    HWIS's Virtual Camp provided my child with a fun way to stay connected with friends, explore new uses for some common household items, and to continue practicing her target language. 
    Nyema
    Parent of 5-year-old attended HWIS virtual camp 
  • Lisa
    The online camp has been a great way for my kids to continue the Mandarin Chinese instruction this summer without it feeling like “school”. There was a nice mix of various activities to engage the children and keep them learning.
    Lisa
    Parent of 3 children ages 7-12yrs old attended HWIS virtual camp
  • Adriana 
    My daughter has been enjoying online classes. She enjoys doing easy to follow crafts in class and learning Chinese songs. The teachers are warm and friendly and are able to connect with my daughter even virtually. 
    Adriana 
    Parent of 3-year-old attended HWIS virtual camp the first time

What to Expect:
Our virtual classes features engaging content, interactive activities such as games, songs, stories, hands-on projects and cultural activities. A theme-based curriculum ensures cohesive learning for students and enables students to quickly relate and transfer learning into real-life surroundings.

Themes used in the past include topics such as: My Family, My Neighborhood, My Senses, food and Nutrition, and Sports and Hobbies. Student will have access to a library of HWIS recorded learning videos to review in our virtual platform – Google Classroom for after school learning.

Assessments: Our teacher will also conduct assessments at the end of each theme to ensure the learning objectives are met. At the end of each trimester, we invite parents to sign up for a one-on-one conference with the teacher to go over each child’s learning and discuss progress.
When your child is enrolled in our virtual after school program, our teachers and staff are here to help each student to achieve his/her learning goals, and to keep parents informed.
Homework: Homework assigned weekly will be encouraged to maximize the effectiveness of the program. This is a great way to reinforce learning and provide feedback to both the teacher and student as to what was learned.

Frequently Asked Questions

1What learning outcomes can I expect for my child to achieve?
For novice learners: students will be able to 1) understand and learn a basic vocabulary; 2) understand and engage in exchanging personal information, describing family members, expressing personal preference and hobbies 3) following instruction easily and completing tasks 4) recognize, read and write simple characters 5) answer and engage in simple conversations on daily subjects with phrases and short sentences

For intermediate learners: students will be able to 1) improve upon their existing level in all aspects 2) follow the main message in a lengthy conversation and read through and understand the main idea of a text or story 3) understand and engage in conversations or discussion with a variety of phrases and a series of connected sentences 4) recognize, read and write many characters and paragraphs 5) present information or state viewpoints on familiar topics.
2How do I know if my child is placed in the right level if my child has been learning Mandarin or Spanish for a while now?
If your child is not enrolled in our day school, we ask you to kindly refer to the assessment checklist to provide us background of your child’s level (see assessment section for details). Or family can request to speak to our staff for placement.
3How do you evaluate students’ progress and how would I know as parent?
Informal assessment is conducted frequently in classes. In addition, our after-school program uses the Can-Do statements as benchmarks to evaluate student’s proficiency and setting goals. We will have a teacher-parent meeting scheduled at the end of each trimester. We also welcome parents to contact us anytime with questions and requests to meet with the teacher about your child’s progress.
4Do you assign homework?
Yes, some homework will be assigned to after school students. Elementary students will receive reading and writing homework depending on the level. Sample homework would be Chinese character writing, worksheets, or project-based assignments. We also make the learning materials available in Google Classroom that our after-school students can access to review at any time.
5Can I sign up for one session at a time? Or do I have to sign up for the entire year?
Yes, but we recommend signing up for a full year to maximize the learning outcome.
6Can I withdraw if my child doesn’t like the class?
We are confident in providing a nurturing and effective learning environment for all children enrolled in our after-school program. To acknowledge that sometimes it may be challenging for students learning virtually, we offer a two-week free cancellation window, less the $50 registration fee. After attending two weeks of classes, there will be no cancellation available.
 
 

Novice

Intermediate

Advanced

Listening

Ability to comprehend subject matter in addition to understanding words, phrases, and simple sentences related to everyday

Ability to understand the main idea behind simple conversations and stories.

Ability to understand the main idea behind speech and comprehend information presented in a variety of genres.

Speaking

Ability to present information about oneself and other familiar topics using words or memorized phrases.

Ability to present information using a series of simple sentences, make a presentation using connected sentences, and participate in social interactions by asking and answering questions.

Ability to hold conversations beyond those of everyday life; discuss topics and events.

Reading

Ability to recognize characters and some phrases; understand the main idea behind simple text.

Ability to understand the main idea behind simple text with familiar topics; read stories and descriptions about events and experiences in various timeframes.

Ability to understand the main idea and supporting ideas behind topics of some length.

Writing

Ability to print words, characters, phrases, lists, and short messages on familiar topics.

Ability to write briefly about familiar topics using simple sentences; write simple paragraphs.

Ability to write about topics of general interest, events, and experiences in different time frames.

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