Jersey Shore Chinese School - Taiwan Center for Mandarin Learning (JSCS-TCML) held an online opening ceremony on January 15th. Due to the severe epidemic situation in New Jersey, Jersey Shore Chinese School has temporarily changed from in-person classes to online courses. The 20 adult students are divided into four classes according to their level of proficiency in Mandarin, and are taught in small classes. Their textbooks are " Let’s Learn Mandarin " and "Let’s Learn Chinese". There are Taiwanese cultural lessons, including singing, calligraphy, understanding traditional festivals, Taiwanese food tasting, arts and crafts, and more to facilitate learning Mandarin and Taiwanese culture in many ways.
The opening ceremony was hosted by Ms. Chimin Hu, Director of Public Relations of the JSCS-TCML. Mr. Nelson Tai, Chairman of the Association of New Jersey Chinese Schools (ANJCS), was invited and congratulated that JSCS-TCML had a successful first day of school. Ms. Cindy Chiang, Managing Director of the JSCS-TCML, thanked the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) and Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York (TECO-NY), for their help and support, as well as the excellent administrators and teachers of JSCS-TCML, who established a website, started enrollment promotion, and started school in just one and a half months. This is not an easy task, but we all worked hard to finish it.
Language Director, Ms. Jasmine Lee introduced the four teachers of the center – Ms. Bright Lin, Ms. Nicole Chien, Ms. Jennifer Wei and Ms. Lifeng Mao. They have many years of teaching experience and are all excellent teachers. Then Ms. Bright Lin introduced the Taiwanese culture classes, including singing classic Taiwanese songs, writing New Years’ couplets, celebrating the Lunar New Year, talent shows, making bubble tea and hand-made sky lanterns, and more. Students participating in the courses of JSCS-TCML are not only to learn Mandarin, but also to understand the traditional culture of Taiwan.
Principal I-Chung Young said that the TCML recruits people over 18 years old to learn Mandarin, and we also welcome students under the age of 18 to sign up for Jersey Shore Chinese School. All students can study in a pleasant environment. I hope more people will sign up to learn Mandarin and get to know Taiwan.