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RECA Language Class

RECA provides Saturday morning language classes in Mandarin. Classes are held 9:00-11:30 a.m. at our Center from September to June. Tuition rates and holidays are listed at the end of this section.

Our new RECA CENTER, 3455 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. From Santa Rosa's Highway 101, take Highway 12 west towards Sebastopol. Turn left on Stony Point Road then right on Sebastopol Road. Go about 8/10 of a mile west. Turn right into the driveway with the small, low RECA sign. Go slowly past the houses. Our location is the last house on the right. It is blue-gray with a large parking area.

Beginning Mandarin for Children focuses on basic words, beginning elements of writing and culture for children 5-9 years old. It is taught by Cathy Ringstad, originally from Beijing. 

Intermediate Mandarin includes continuing children and beginning teens and adults. It focuses on functional conversation, writing and culture. It is taught by Cheryl Brown, originally from Kansas. 

Advanced Mandarin is for those students of any age (usually only teens and adults) who can converse in Chinese, but want to improve their conversational ability and to improve their reading and writing. Literature, poetry, jokes, and composing essays and letters are explored in this class. It is taught by Hsiu Chuan Armstrong, originally from Taiwan. 

Children's Chinese Culture Camp is usually Monday-Friday, the 3rd week of July, 9:00-3:00. Teens and parents are welcome as assistants. Our program usually starts with Tai Chi each morning taught by Master David Chung, then Mandarin lessons, cooking, art, crafts, and many other cultural activities including songs, games, dances, music and even learning the tales of the Monkey King. Camp is supervised by Nancy Wang and Judy Cheung with Cathy Ringstad as the lead teacher.  

English Literacy for Adults is taught on request by David Chung. Please call David at 340-6045. No tuition is charged for this class.

Tuition Rate 
Language Classes:

1 Semester 1 Year if paid in September
1 member in family $275 $500
2 members in family $500 $900
additional family members $200 per semester or $350 per year.

All tuitions includes RECA membership
If you are new, two visits are allowed before payment is required.

For additional information, call Nancy Wang (English or Mandarin) at 576-0533; Judy Cheung ( English) at 528-0912.

Please mail the enrollment forms and tuition checks made out to RECA to:

RECA Center
PO Box 7854
Santa Rosa, CA 95407

The Holidays will include:

President's Day 

School begins the first Saturday after Labor Day, Second semester begins mid-January.

No school on the Saturdays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, President's Day, Spring Break (exact date TBA), Memorial Day. The last day of school is the Saturday after Memorial Day. There will be at least 16 days in each semester.

For additional classes, events and activities, please check the Program Activities, Newsletter, Recent Events and Upcoming Events pages of this website.

Students are challenged to improve their Chinese. Some students speak Chinese at home. Others started with our tot's program and progressed to our advanced class. Once, we had an adult who spoke only Fujianese. She came to learn Mandarin. (Photo provided by Judy Hardin Cheung)

This hard working class takes memorized words and puts them into sentences and functional conversation. We have parent/kid teams learning together as well as students who know basic words but are not yet ready to jump into the advanced class. (Photo provided by Judy Hardin Cheung)

Our Beginning Mandarin for Children teaches through songs, games coloring, arts and crafts and other fun activities. Here, they are playing "duck duck goose" in Chinese on the last dry day of autumn. Parents are welcome to learn with their children and assist with the class. (Photo provided by Judy Hardin Cheung)




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