Announcing… Advanced Mandarin Chinese!

Advanced Mandarin Chinese is coming for Spring Session. We’re very excited to announce this brand new class, and look forward to helping your student excel in all aspects of Mandarin Chinese. Are you curious about class? Wondering if it’s the right choice? We have answers for you!

Who can take Advanced Mandarin?

The class is open to 2nd-5th grade students who have been studying Mandarin for over a year, have basic speaking skills, or are heritage speakers. 1st graders will be admitted on a case-by-case basis. If you are not sure, please reach out to us! We want to make sure your student is in the right class.

How is Advanced Mandarin different from a Just Kids class?

Advanced Mandarin will look a little different. Students will follow a textbook-based curriculum, and will learn skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Listening and speaking activities will follow the interactive and fun Sponge methods you know and love from our Just Kids classes. The difference is the added challenge of learning to read and write!

What’s the book? Do I need to buy it?

For Spring 2016, we will be using My First Chinese Reader: Volume 1. It uses a spiral curriculum to introduce both simplified characters and pinyin, with a variety of topics, including greetings, names, nationalities, school, family, home, dates, fruit, school supplies and food. You do not need to purchase the book, as the cost is included in tuition.

When and where is the class?

Advanced Mandarin will be offered at the Eastside Sponge center on Thursday afternoons from 4:30 – 5:55pm, and at the Seattle Sponge on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30 – 5:55pm. Both classes will be offered beginning in our Spring 2016 session.

When and where do I sign up?

You can sign up right now, with the following registration links!

Eastside Advanced Mandarin Chinese

Seattle Advanced Mandarin Chinese

For our full schedule, visit the online registration system.

Still have questions?

Please give us a call at (206) 227-7138 or email We’d love to hear from you!