Press release of September 12, 2011
Chinese lessons starting at BH-BL
After-school "Project Chinese"
classes in Chinese language & culture for both
elementary & secondary school students
BURNT HILLS: Burnt Hills-Ballston
Lake children are invited to explore Chinese
language and culture this fall through two
innovative extracurricular programs being offered at
BH-BL in cooperation with the
The program is supported by
multiple grants, making it possible for BH-BL
children to participate for tuition fees of $100
(grades 6 - 12) or $50 (grades 1 - 5).
Other innovative aspects of Project
Chinese classes include making use of "Half Day"
afternoon time slots when BH-BL children have no
regular classes. Also, after their first seven
face-to-face classes with Chinese teachers,
secondary Project Chinese classes will continue
online, using interactive technology for the
reminder of the fall semester.
Secondary school students can opt
to continue learning Chinese in the spring semester
and to take part in a BOCES Chinese immersion
program next July.
BOCES program director Peggy
Sharkey says her team of Chinese teachers has been
working together for four years to refine their
techniques for teaching Chinese language and culture
to students of various ages. They engage students
through various activities (including tai chi,
calligraphy, and crafts), and technology helps bring
the program to the maximum number of students.
Here's how it works
for all the details and a registration form, please
click on the links below.
6 - 12: Extracurricular Sequential Chinese,
Secondary registration form & details as a pdf
Secondary registration form & details as a Word file
Students in grades 6 - 12 will work
directly with Chinese teachers at the BH-BL high
school during the afternoon of September 29 (which
is a BH-BL half day for grades 6 - 12) from 11:15 -
2:15, plus afterschool from 2:30 - 3:30 for the
following six Wednesdays: October 5, 12, 19, 26,
November 2 and 9.
Starting in October, secondary
Project Chinese students will also take 12 weekly
lessons online. The online lessons are 1 - 2 hours
each and can be accessed via a computer with
high-speed internet access at a time and location
convenient for each individual student. A third
class component starts in November: weekly 15-minute
teacher-student sessions via Skype.
Class size is limited and start
soon (Sept. 29), so parents should click on the
above link and submit their student's application
ASAP. More information will be emailed to you after
Other logistical details:
O'Rourke middle school students taking Project
Chinese will be transported by school bus to the
high school for the seven face-to-face classes
listed above. All parents should plan to pick up
their children and transport them home after class
on these dates.
A similar program will be offered
in the spring semester (Level 1B) plus an immersion
program during the summer (Level 1C). High school
course credits cannot currently be offered for these
classes, but this type of enrichment activity
provides material for a student's college
application and can have multiple academic,
vocational and personal benefits.
If grant funding continues to be
available, the BOCES hopes to expand Project Chinese
into a three-year program.
1 - 5: Half Day Exploratory Chinese Program
Elementary registration form & details as a pdf
Elementary registration form & details as a Word
Students in grades 1 - 5 will
explore Chinese language and culture with BOCES
teachers at the Stevens elementary school from 12:30
- 3:00 on the four November half days. (That is, on
the afternoons that regular elementary classes are
suspended so that BH-BL teachers can hold parent
conferences.) These four half days are November 16,
17, 29 and 30.
Class size is limited, so parents
should click on the above link and submit their
student's application as soon as possible. More
information will be emailed to you after you
Other logistical details:
Charlton Heights and Pashley students taking Project
Chinese will be transported by school bus to Stevens
on these four half days. All parents should
plan to pick up their children at Stevens at 3:00
and transport them home after class on these dates.
Since elementary cafeterias do not serve lunch on
half days, parents should plan to send a bag lunch
with their students.
For more information:
WSWHE BOCES Language & Culture Resources Center