About PCLS 關於本校

普林斯頓中文學校簡介

普林斯頓中文學校是一所非營利的教育機構,其主要宗旨是提供一個有系統的教育環境,研習中華文化及語言。本校竭誠歡迎任何有志學習中文的人士報名參加。

本校創立于1970年,迄今已有48年的歷史。成立之初僅有5位老師和20位學生,附屬於普林斯頓大學的Chinese Club。今年學生達270人,共有22位語言班教師,及27位文化課教師。課程包括語言課及文化課程,語言課依學生年齡及中文程度分班。而文化課則以學生興趣選課。本校的上課地點為Princeton Day School。

本校的語言課程包括傳統班及雙語班。傳統班較適合説中文的家庭,教學以繁體注音為主,四至九年級再輔以漢語拼音。雙語班則以漢語拼音教學。學校課程整體設計注重在學生能聽説讀寫中文的能力。

文化課程方面,項目包括:初/中級象棋、書法、兒童珠心算、卡通畫、中國結、國畫、舞蹈、二胡、手工藝、兒童積木、唱遊、兒童畫、扯鈴、作業輔導、兒童瑜珈、籃球等17項課程。另外學校也開設成人活動班,例如:Zumba、插花、二胡、羽毛球及籃球等活動。

本校的行政機構是理事會和幹事會,所有理事會和幹事會成員完全是由家長們組成,義務的貢獻他們的時間、精神,和勞力。成員包括校長、副校長、註冊、財務、家長聯絡人、募款、訓導、公關、活動等。本校的教務及文化活動由教務主任,文化主任及所有老師推動。

本校學生及家長積極參與各式的社區服務。近幾年來,更透過各種杜區活動推展中華文化。例如:普林斯頓市的社區日、新澤西中文學校協會活動、普林斯頓大學國際日、普林斯頓大學藝術博物館家庭活動日,以及普林斯頓、西溫莎市和平原市的中國新年慶祝活動等等。家長們熱心參與學校各項活動,為我們的子女樹立一個服務杜會的楷模。我們相信社區服務是回饋杜會的最好方式之。

About PCLS 關於本校

The Princeton Chinese Language School, Inc. (PCLS) is a nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to provide a structured and nurturing environment for learning Chinese language and culture.  Students from all backgrounds and ages are welcome.

Established in 1970, PCLS now has a proud history of 48 years.  At its inception, the school was affiliated with Princeton University’s Chinese Club with only five classes and twenty students at that time.  Today, we have 270 students, 22 language teachers, and 27 culture instructors.  The curriculum includes both language classes and cultural activities.  Students are placed in language classes based on their ages and Chinese language proficiency, and in cultural activities according to their preferences.  Classes are held weekly at the Princeton Day School in Princeton.

Our language program consists of two paths, a traditional path and a CSL (Chinese as Second Language) path.  The traditional path is more suitable for students who speak Mandarin at home.  For the traditional path, students will use Zhuyin phonic system.  However, Pinyin is introduced in grades 4 through 9 after students have mastered Chinese enunciation.  For the CSL path, Pinyin is used as the primary phonic system.  Our language curriculum emphasizes practical usage of Chinese in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

PCLS offers 17 cultural classes including: abacus, homework club, Chinese brush painting, Er-Hu, children sketch & cartoon, chess, arts & crafts, Chinese Knotting, folk dancing, story & music, Chinese yo-yo, calligraphy, yoga, Lego, etc.  There are also adult activities such as Zumba, floral arrangement, badminton, and basketball.

PCLS is operated by parent volunteers.  Under the governance of the Board of Trustees, the school operation is executed by an Operating Committee that consists of principal, vice principal, treasurer, fundraising, registrar, safety, public relation, activity coordinator, and parent liaison.  The academic director, cultural director, and teaching staff are responsible for academic and cultural activities.  All members of the Board of Trustees serve on a volunteer basis.

Our students and parents are active participants in many local community activities and services.  In recent years, PCLS has fostered awareness of Chinese culture and community volunteer services by sponsoring local events such as Communiversity Day in Princeton, the ANJCS Annual Events, the Princeton University International Festival, Family Day at Princeton University Art Museum, and Chinese New Year Celebrations in Princeton, West Windsor, and Plainsboro.  Parents’ active involvement in school activities demonstrates to our children the value of community service.  We believe that community service is one of the best ways to show our appreciation.