The FuDe Chinese school, established by the Fukinese Association of Alberta, currently offers several different classes, including: traditional Chinese painting, traditional Chinese dance, guitar, as well as several levels of Mandarin culture and language. There are currently eight levels of mandarin classes. Beginning students enroll in one of two Elementary Mandarin courses, one course being based on Pinyin, the romanization of Mandarin sounds, and another based on the more traditional Zhuyin. Students who master this material then move on to various intermediate and advanced courses. The classes teach both traditional and simplified characters to better meet student needs.
The school’s purpose is to improve listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. While FuDe’s primary goal is increasing students’ desire to learn and improve their education, being of at least equal significance is allowing members of the community to gain life experience and push the boundaries currently holding us all back. All of the educators are competent, accredited teachers with many years of teaching experience.
In March of 2016 an adult Mandarin learning class was introduced, which focuses on elementary grammar, simple conversation, and pronunciation practice. The class is held each Saturday from 12:30 to 1:45.