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* [http://www.delvalchineseschool.org Delaware Valley Chinese School, DVCS, in Haverford of PA] The world is global...
 
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A student practices writing Chinese characters
For a more general discussion of Westerners learning Chinese, see Chinese as a foreign language.

In Western countries, a Chinese school is a school established explicitly for the purpose of teaching the Chinese languages and dialects (Standard Mandarin or Standard Cantonese are the most commonly taught) to Americans with Chinese ancestry, Canadians with Chinese ancestry, Americans with Taiwanese ancestry, Canadians with Taiwanese ancestry, and the youth born in the respective countries.

Typically, American and Canadian children attend Chinese school either after school (that is, elementary or middle school) on weekday afternoons, or on weekend mornings and afternoons.

Besides teaching Chinese language, the schools serve as social centers allowing Chinese and Taiwanese immigrants and their children to meet other Chinese and Taiwanese families. Chinese schools also counter the loss of Chinese culture brought on by cultural assimilation into the local society.

Chinese schools are credited with maintaining the relatively high proportions of children of Chinese and Taiwanese immigrants residing in Western countries who are able to read or write Chinese, at least to a limited extent. (Spoken, as opposed to written, Chinese is likely learned as much at home as in a Chinese school.)

Chinese schools are very popular among Chinese and Taiwanese parents, who encourage their children to go to Chinese school from a young age. It is considered ideal as a place where they can play traditional Chinese games, watch Chinese movies, and simply sit and chat. Many children, however, are opposed to Chinese school. Generally, most children no longer attend one by the time they enter high school.

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