Chinese Language

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K-12 Instruction

East Tennessee Chinese School

School will start on March 1, 2020
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East Tennessee Chinese School (ETCS) is a weekend school providing children with an opportunity to learn the Chinese language and culture. Organized by parent volunteers and taught by passionate teachers, ETCS aims to bringing quality Chinese language education to students of all ages. The scope of teaching includes speaking, listening, reading, writing, and literature appreciation. After-school programs include Chinese Martial Arts, Chinese painting, Chinese chess, and Chinese dancing. Currently, ETCS has nearly 80 students enrolled, and meets on Sundays at the Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville. Most of the classes use the Jinan University textbooks for their courses.
Ned R. McWherter Building, 3rd Floor
Pellissippi State Community College
10915 Hardin Valley Road
Knoxville, TN 37933-0990

Language Classes: Sundays, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Culture Classes: Sundays, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Fees (per semester)
Chinese language class (Children) -- $95
Art [Children] -- $40
Dancing [Children] -- $40
Wushu [Children] -- $25
Line Dancing [Adults] -- check with instructor, fee paid directly to instructor, not to ETCS
Stretching, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong for Beginners [Adults] -- no fee
Intermediate Tai Chi and Qi Gong [Adults] -- no fee

School will start on March 1, 2020
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2020 Spring Semester
School will start on March 1, 2020

No.Class Date
1Mar 01
2Mar 08
--Mar 15 no class - Spring Break
3Mar 22
4Mar 29
5Apr 5
--Apr 12 no class - Easter
6Apr 19
7Apr 26
8May 03
9May 10
PartyMay 17

School will start on March 1, 2020
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Chinese Language Classes
This year, we will have six levels:

LevelTeacher NameComment
1YIN, Luyi (Ivy)Entry Level
2ZHONG, Chenprior Level 1
3LI, Xiaohuiprior Level 2 and 3
4WANG, Shaofengprior Level 4
5FENG, Gongnanprior Level 5
6LIU, Xiaojingprior Level 6 and 7

Chinese Culture Classes

Class NameTeacher Name
ArtLI, Xiaohui
Dance (Little<8)YIN, Luyi (Ivy)
Dance (Big)LIU, Xiaojing
Wu Shu (Kung Fu)SMITH, Michael
Tai Chi / Qi Gong SMITH, Michael
Line DanceMA, Lili

2019-2020 ETCS Board Members

Principal YE,
Vice Principal JIN, Mingzhou
TreasurerDU, Maohua
Art DirectorMA, Ning

School will start on March 1, 2020
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for ETCS and for more information.

Knoxville Chinese Christian Church Chinese School

KCCC CS Founded in the late 1970s, Knoxville Chinese Christan Church Chinese School (KCCC CS) aims to teach the Chinese language (Mandarin), both written and conversational, in an enriched environment. Chinese traditions and culture are taught as part of the curriculum. The regular school curriculum is supplemented by optional extra-curricular activities such as lessons on Chinese folk dance and calligraphy. Special field trips are scheduled to encourage students' participation in scholastic activities organized by the Association of Chinese Schools in Southeastern United States. KCCC CS is a parent-administered, non-partisan, non-denominational, non-profit educational entity. KCCC CS is a member of the Association of Chinese Schools in Southeastern United States.

King's Academy

The King's Academy is a Christion boarding and day school in Seymour, Tennessee, just south of Knoxville on Chapman Highway. A Confucius Classroom was established on their campus in 2010. This is a unique partnership that includes School #47 (Zhengzhou, CHINA), Johnson University (Knoxville, Tennessee, USA), and The King’s Academy, operating with the support and guidance of HANBAN in Beijing. A recent relationship has also been established with nearby Seymour Primary School.

Outstanding teachers from Zhengzhou School #47 have made a significant impact in our region by introducing K - 12 students to Chinese language and culture. Through a variety of special programs sponsored by the Confucius Classroom, faculty and students have celebrated Chinese holidays along with adults and children in the Seymour community. While the cultural exchanges resulting from the Confucius Classroom programs have been a tremendous success, the greatest accomplishments may perhaps be the relationships that will last a lifetime.

Families with Children from China

Chinese language classes are offered during the traditional school year by the FCC Families with Children from China. The children's classes take place at the Knoxville Chinese Christian Church every other Sunday, starting in August and ending in May. Children must be at least 3 and able to participate for the hour. The beginner class does a lot of songs and games. Other classes cover reading, writing, and conversation. Classes are held at the Knoxville Chinese Christian Church, 901 Francis Rd Knoxville, TN 37909.

College and Adult Instruction

University of Tennessee

The The Chinese program at the University of Tennessee offers a minor in Chinese. The minor consists of three years of language study and offerings from other departments such as courses in Chinese history, religion, or politics. It is also possible to major in Language and World Business with a concentration in Chinese. The Department recently hired Prof. Yen-Chen Hao and has a number of Chinese language instructors as well.

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