Chinese culture and language learning platform
Reach the life possibility
Ignite the curiosity
Community to connect with, and embrace others
Knowledge to appreciate differences
Empower to communicate
Tenacity to be excellent
MEANING BEHIND CRICKET
Cricket Academy is a fun way for children and their entire family to connect in a meaningful way with the Chinese language and culture. We focus on fostering a love of the language and culture by exposing children to an ``American style`` curriculum full of songs and games and other age-appropriate activities that make the learning, above all, fun.
- Chinese Culture and Language Learning Platform
- Reach the Life Possibility
- Inspire the Curiosity
- Community to Connect with, and Embrace Others
- Knowledge to Appreciate Differences
- Empower to Communicate
- Tenacity to be Excellent
Baby Cricket targets to toddler through pre-school kids. It is mainly focused to build fundamental curiosity and interests in language learning. We include basic greeting phrases, simple sentences, Chinese songs and stories and related art projects organized around the general theme of “Animals,” “Colors,” etc. Parents are encouraged to participate and work within the class and be a good teacher at home to reinforce language learning. The duration of each course is 60 minutes.
Cricket I is designed for pre-school children between 4 to 6 years. The students should be able to independently follow the instructions in the classroom without the assistance of the parent. The class provides early education in Mandarin organized around the themes of daily life. The textbook "Chinese Made Easy - book 1 "will be used as the guidance for the progression of the class learning. The children will be exposed to Chinese writing, culture learning. We will engage the class with interesting Chinese songs, dances, games, and crafts to maintain their learning interests. The duration of each course is 120 minutes.
Cricket II is the continuity of Cricket I class, targeted kids age between 7-10 years old. We use the textbook "Chinese Made Easy - book 2", the teaching focus is to build listening, reading comprehension, and daily dialogue skills. We will progress the writing skill to develop their Chinese character writing, composition. Besides following the textbook, the teacher may also use multimedia resources in Chinese and various games in the class to create a fun and active learning atmosphere for our students. The duration of each course is 120 minutes with short breaks. Once we accomplished the level 2 textbook, we will progress to "Chinese Made Easy - book 3" and more advanced level.
Cricket III continues the "Chinese Made Easy" textbook 2-3; with more reading and writing instructions . We will incorporate Chinese calligraphy, culture and history exploration.
Teen Cricket targeted to the middle to high schooler to grasp the writing and dialogue Mandarin. We tailor-made the content according to the student's level. The course composes of the material from "Chinese made easy" textbook 1-3 with practical daily Chinese communication such as "restaurant food ordering," "travels," etc. Weekly written homework is assigned to practice writing and conversation. Besides following the textbook, the teacher may also use multimedia resources in Chinese and traditional calligraphy in the class to create a fun and engaging learning atmosphere.
Adult Class - for adult who are passionate with learning Chinese as a secondary language for work or leisure purpose; we leverage the textbook “Integrated Chinese” which covers fundamental pronunciation skills, and communication dialogue skills that you will utilize in your daily life such as greeting, foods, personal information exchange, transportation, etc. Students will also learn to recognize and write the first 100 Chinese characters.
EXPERIENCE FROM PARENT & STUDENT
About Cricket AcademyCricket Academy is a Chinese learning platform for children, adults, and their entire family to connect interactively and engagingly with the Chinese language and culture. We focus on fostering intrinsic motivation and interests toward the language and culture by exposing our student to an “American style” curriculum with interactive activities such as games, singing and drawing that make the learning engaging and fun. Cricket is a non-profit educational organization; most of our teachers are volunteers and activists who share the dream to cultivate the heritage to a broader target audience beyond native speakers. We believe a connected and diversified community is the foundation for a better future.
Our VisionThe #1 Chinese cultural academy and community in Wisconsin to empower communication & access to new life possibilities.
Our MissionCricket Academy connects people who are open to Chinese culture; with a fun, connective and friendly community. No matter what is your ethnicity, We learn, enrich our knowledge with respect, compassion and friendship; we share and celebrate the heritage together as one family…
Foreign Language (i.e., English) has enriched my life experience in many aspects: It has enabled me to travel to different places in the world.; it has created career opportunities that brought me from China to the United States; it made me a better person to value diversity. Therefore, I want to pass on this unique gift (i.e., Chinese language & culture) to our non-heritage families in the Milwaukee community to enjoy and benefit from learning the differences. Working with a group of fabulous parent volunteers, we are committed to making Cricket Academy a fun and friendly learning platform, a memorable learning experience.
Mary TingVice Principal
Originally came from Hong Kong, Mary is excited to introduce Chinese culture and language to her two children. Volunteering as Vice Principal at Cricket Academy allows her to share this passion to other families with different heritage as well.
Jenny ChuangTeacher - Cricket Baby
Jenny is a piano teacher and mother of 4 children. She graduated with a Master's degree in piano performance. Jenny also taught 2-3 years old children Sunday school at Church. Over the past years, Jenny has accumulated lots of experience and compassion teaching young children. Patience and love characterize her class for this young learning group.
Liya MaTeacher - Cricket I
My Name is LiYa. I have a beautiful daughter and I love to explore different ways to inherit the Chinese language and culture to her. Moreover, I’ve been teaching Chinese to children for two years and I love seeing how quickly the children learn and how much they can remember! I’m an accountant by trade and I love to travel, go shopping with my friends, watch movies, and spend time with my family.
Jessica ChenTeacher - Cricket II
Jessica Chen is a full-time teacher at Milwaukee Public School; she has majored in education. Jessica is an expert in children's psychology and motivations. Jessica is creative in her teaching, for example, she likes to incorporate fun games to deepen the application; her culture class always bring lots of unique perspective about Chinese traditional and contemporary culture.
Lin YeTeacher - Cricket III
My name is Lin, I got my bachelor’s degree (in education) in China. After graduation I taught Chinese for three years in a middle school in China. After I moved to United States, I've taught young children and adults Chinese for over 4 years. I think the most important quality for a teacher is to understand the pace and capacity of the student. My goal is to create a targeted and personalized approach to education while stimulating the students’ enjoyment and appreciation for learning!
Monica ZhaoTeacher - Cricket Teens
Monica Zhao used to be a professor in art education; she has a strong background in creativity, art, and culture. She is fun and engaging to the teenager group. Monica knows how to motivate their learning interests through relevant themes and approaches. She is a teacher but also a good friend to the teenagers in the Chinese learning journey.
Shan LuTeacher - Cricket Adult
Mrs. Lu has 30+ years of teaching and translation experience; taught Chinese language classes in many local schools and culture-related courses at local colleges, and worked with many international companies in the Midwest as the Chinese language and culture trainer for their international assignees. Mrs. Lu has done much pro bono work conducting Chinese language classes and cultural awareness programs for individuals & organizations. She co-translated the New York Times bestseller CRAZY into Chinese and published it in China to bring public awareness on chronic mental illnesses.
Cricket Academy, Inc
P.O. Box 664 Brookfield, WI. 53008-0664