Chinese Department

At Wesley, we are developing global citizens to be engaged and active in the world. We recognize the advantages of learning a second language, including increased cognitive function, strengthened problem-solving skills, and broader social connections.

Bilingualism can also be an advantage for students entering the global marketplace in the future. Roughly a billion people in the world speak Mandarin Chinese, and it is the official language of China, Taiwan, and Singapore. It has become increasingly popular as a second language study in the United States, including with celebrities such as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Wesley’s Chinese Program

Our Chinese program is well-known and respected throughout Georgia for its commitment to students’ language proficiency, cultural knowledge, and global perspective. Students in all grades receive 45 minutes of daily Chinese instruction from state-certified Mandarin teachers. Our curriculum includes listening, speaking, reading and writing. Teachers incorporate music, songs, movement, writing exercises, art, and projects into their classroom experience.

Chinese Resources

Chinese dancing

Atlanta Chinese Dance Company is holding a virtual audition for their 2021 production at the Infinite Energy Theater. 

When: Friday, April 2, 10-11 a.m.

Who: Open to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-grade girls

RSVP to atlantachinesedance@comcast.net by Wednesday, March 31, 2021

While there is a lot of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACDC is hopeful that the production will take place on October 2-3 at the Infinite Energy Theater. In the meantime, ACDC invites selected dancers to be part of their Virtual Showcase on YouTube Live in June. ACDC’s last virtual showcase was viewed over 1,000 times on YouTube!

What to expect

Weekly Chinese Dances

  • Virtual: Monday, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17 at 4-5pm
  • In-Person: Monday, 8/23, 8/30, 9/13, 9/20 at 4-5pm

Performances

  • Video recording on Friday, 5/21 for ACDC’s Virtual Showcase on YouTube Live in June (details TBA)
  • Saturday, 10/2 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, 10/3 at 2 pm at the Infinite Energy Theater (in Duluth)

 Mandatory Rehearsals (subject to change)

  • Saturday, 9/18 at 6-8:30 pm at North Atlanta Dance Academy (in Johns Creek)
  • Sunday, 9/25 at 6-8:30 pm at North Atlanta Dance Academy (in Johns Creek)
  • Saturday, 10/2 at 12-5 pm at Infinite Energy Theater (in Duluth)

 Cost of Participation

  • Tuition for Weekly Classes: $60 for Spring (Virtual), $68 for Fall (In-Person)
  • Fee for Costume and Shoes from China: approximately $60 (details TBA)

Limited scholarships available for students on free/reduced lunch

Benefits of Participation

  • Quality Chinese dance instruction from the Artistic Directors of the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company HweeEng Y. Lee and Kerry Lee, both of whom have more than a decade of experience teaching Chinese dance to hundreds of students of all ages
  • Opportunity to perform in Gwinnett County’s premier performing arts venue Infinite Energy Theater; past performances have been sold out and recognized with grant awards from the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Opportunity to learn more about Chinese language, history, and culture through the art of Chinese dance

 

 

 

Chinese dancing

China Summer Programme

Our China Summer Programme is an exceptional opportunity for students of Wesley International Academy to travel internationally and become fully immersed in Chinese language and culture through extended study.

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