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If your student speaks Mandarin at home, you may register him/her for the heritage program. If not, please enroll him/her in the CFL program.

How do I decide which program to register my child, the heritage or CFL program?


To begin, you can register your child for CFL2. Upon receiving your registration, we will contact you to schedule a brief online assessment meeting to determine the best level for him/her.

My son has attended another Chinese program for one year. What level shall I register him for?


We encourage parents to choose in-person class for their students, unless the campus location or hours do not fit your situation.

Should I choose an in-person or online class for my child?


No, we don't have online classes for Pre-K & K students. We strongly encourage young learners to take in-person classes.

Do you have online class for PK & K students?


No, we don't have online classes for CFL students. We believe in-person classes provide the optimal environment for CFL students to engage in small group activities and enhance their language skills.

Do you have online class for CFL students?


The class size varies depending on the type of class. A heritage class typically consists of 15 to 25 students, and a CFL class has 10 to 18 students.

How many students are there in a class?


The CFL class has a maximum of 18 students per class, whereas the heritage class accommodates up to 25 students. Moreover, the class hours comprise not only 64 hours of in-person instruction but also include an additional 12.5 hours of online review sessions.

Why is the tuition for CFL classes higher than that of the heritage classes?


The midweek online session serves as a valuable opportunity for CFL students to review what is learned in the previous week's in-person class while also providing a preview of what they are going to learn in the coming week. It is highly beneficial for students who do not speak Mandarin at home and is mandatory for all CFL students.

What is the midweek online session for CFL classes for? Is the midweek session required for all the CFL students?


The best time to take the AP Chinese Prep class is the year in which you plan to take the exam. It is not an accredited class, and MLCC does not provide seats for the AP test administered by College Board.

When should my child take AP Chinese Prep online class? Is it an accredited class? Will MLCC provide seats for the AP test administered by College Board?


For children who can speak Chinese, learning phonetic symbols can help them read, just like English-speaking children learning phonics. Once a child can spell and pronounce phonetic symbols, he or she can read books with phonetic symbols. If you can read storybooks, you will have the opportunity to taste the joy of reading. Our school imports a large number of high-quality children's books from Eslite Bookstore, and sets up a library for each class from PK to Grade 4, so that children can borrow a book to read home every week, thereby improving their reading ability and interest. "

Why do native language classes learn phonetic symbols?


Learning Chinese Pinyin can speed up students’ Chinese input. Students in our school learn Hanpin and Chinese Dota in fifth grade. This skill helps them express their thoughts quickly when writing essays.

Why do native language classes learn Chinese Pinyin?

Locations and Times

Our classes are taught at 3 main campuses:
Saratoga High School (Saturday 9:20am - 11:30am)
Rancho Middle School at Milpitas (Friday 6:50pm-9:00pm)
Sinnott Elementary School at Milpitas (Friday 6:50pm-9:00pm)

Our Curriculum

We provide a range of courses designed to facilitate Mandarin language learning for children from Pre-K to high school. Our curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of various grade levels and study environments.

Our classes are primarily categorized into Heritage, Chinese as Foreign Language (CFL),
AP Chinese and Cultural classes.

Pre-K Character Learning: Students will learn to recognize a total of 180 basic Chinese characters

Kindergarten Phonics: Students will learn Chinese phonetics as a tool for reading and writing

Grade 1-7: The course materials used are textbooks provided by the OCAC. Our teaching staff accommodates the needs of students from abroad, working together to develop appropriate homework and reading assignments. The importance of reading comprehension is stressed, and aside from the textbook, all students are given access to additional reading material through the student library. To encourage vocabulary learning, the school holds basic phrase evaluation twice a year.

High School Accredited Program: Students in Milpitas and Fremont School District will receive credits for the class. Program uses Chaoyue超越, a high school textbook published in the U.S.


​Our CFL(Chinese as a Foreign Language) class is designed for non-Mandarin speaking students and is open to students of all ethnic groups. Typically, students do not have an environment at home or in their daily lives where they can speak and use the Mandarin language every day.
Our classes are tailored to help these students learn Mandarin at the right pace, so the educational experience is not overwhelming. We currently offer CFL classes from level K to level nine. The textbooks used are Chinese Wonderland Book I to Book VI.

Chinese as a Foreign Language

Chinese AP Classes are designed for advanced learners who are ready to take the AP Chinese Exam. This online class focuses on improving test-taking skills. The course curriculum includes 8 practice tests, and students will review the materials before and after each test.
Class discussions will include vocabulary, sentence structure, reading comprehension, 2-minute oral response, writing skills, as well as related cultural background information.

Chinese AP Online Class

For over 25 years, MLCC has been educating thousands of PK-G12 students annually, earning the trust of parents throughout the Bay Area for providing quality Chinese Language education to their children.

Mandarin Language & Cultural Center

Teaching 1,000+ Students yearly

25 Years of History

50+ Faculty Members

12 Grade Levels

Teaching, Preserving, and Communicating

Our mission revolves around teaching of the Chinese language, preservation of Chinese culture, and the fostering of understanding and communication between Chinese Americans and individuals from various ethnic backgrounds.

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