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What language content and skills are taught?

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Each lev­el has a dif­fer­ent cur­ricu­lum and text­books.

For exam­ple, the begin­ning lev­el explores the evo­lu­tion of Chi­nese char­ac­ters and fun, immersion-based activ­i­ties, like under­stand­ing Chi­nese sto­ries and leg­ends. After one year of Man­darin learn­ing, a stu­dent should mas­ter col­ors, fruits, time, num­bers, body parts, and oth­er basic infor­ma­tion in Man­darin, and be able to rec­og­nize and write around 300 Chi­nese Char­ac­ters.

Advanced stu­dents are able to write short pas­sages, such as a diary, write short sto­ries accord­ing the pic­tures giv­en. They are chal­lenged to inter­act with teach­ers and chat with each oth­er to feel more com­fort­able speak­ing Man­darin out­side the class­room. Dai­ly activ­i­ties like shop­ping in a gro­cery store, order­ing dim sum in a restau­rant can be com­mu­ni­cat­ed in Man­darin by the stu­dents. Stu­dents learn lan­guage in a cul­tur­al con­text, enabling them to com­mu­ni­cate even more effec­tive­ly. Great empha­sis is placed on con­tex­tu­al and Chi­nese cul­tur­al learn­ing so that even activ­i­ties such as cook­ing class and clean-up time serve as oppor­tu­ni­ties to engage stu­dents with the Chi­nese lan­guage.

Lan­guage acqui­si­tion comes nat­u­ral­ly to the chil­dren as a result of their par­tic­i­pa­tion in these fun and immersion-based activ­i­ties.

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