“Culture” is the core of the Chinese Mandarin program. Students will not only develop their interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication skills by engaging and student-centered activities, but will also learn Chinese cultures and their classmates’ cultures through interdisciplinary projects and real-life learning tasks, finally gaining the ability to view the world through a different lens and appreciate its diversity. 

The program aligns with the World Readiness Standards for Language Learning and refers to the Common Core State Standards. NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements are used to outline students’ proficiency levels. 

The content of the Chinese Mandarin program matches the Spanish course, which will enable students to find the connections between the two languages. It is also related to the grade level content of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, and thus enriches students’ learning of all subjects. 

Selected Skills

  • Identify some basic facts in conversations and fictional and informational texts

  • Request and provide information by asking and answering a few simple questions on very familiar and everyday topics

  • Express preferences or feelings, and basic needs related to familiar and everyday activities

  • Present information about interests and daily activities

  • Identify some typical Chinese products (e.g., food, fruits, etc.) and practices (e.g., table manners, festival celebrations, etc.)

  • Use appropriate rehearsed behaviors and recognize some obviously inappropriate behaviors in familiar everyday situations