Resources: Children's Chinese Textbooks, Online Chinese, Chinese Lesson Plans and resource websites

Thought resources for learning Chinse in school were boring and not as good as for other languages? Then look here to ensure what you buy is the best for your needs. We conduct independent reviews of Chinese textbooks, exam revision guides and online Chinese teaching resources - each has its strengths and weaknesses. Ensure you understand what is best for your class and children learning Mandarin Chinese or about China.

Routledge Chinese Character Trainer App - good for revision?

The Routledge Chinese Character Trainer App provides the 510 characters presented in Level 1 and 2 of The Routledge Course in Modern Mandarin.

Use the app as you progress through the lessons. In Training Mode, view a stroke-by-stroke animation of each character. Practise it yourself the character outline provided. Then progress to Drill Mode whereby if you get a character wrong it goes to the back of the pack so you can try again. Test Mode in contrast only gives you one chance so motivating you to learn.

Might work for revision?


Mandarin Immersion Lesson Plans - Engineering and Science from MMIC

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Looking for some innovative inter-disciplinary cross curricula material for your Mandarin Immersion classroom?

The Minnesota Mandarin Immersion Collaborative (MMIC)*has made avaiable some amazing materials.

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The MMIC Designing Model Membranes unit includes unit overview materials, the Juan Daniel的幸运蛙 (Juan Daniel’s Fútbol Frog) storybook, lesson plans and supporting materials, and a summative Integrated Performance Assessment. Some lessons also include a teacher guide and scoring rubrics. Many MMIC unit materials are made available in Mandarin Chinese and English. The MMIC unit is not intended as a stand-alone unit but will require purchase of the original Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) Just Passing Through: Designing Model Membranes curriculum and materials kit. Portions of the curriculum were left unchanged and teachers will need to reference the EiE® Teacher Guide on occasion.

New Edition of China Curriculum from Choices

We have not reviewed this resource. It is not cheap but it does look comprehensive for older students. Wish to review it? Contact us using the tab above.

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They say its academic credentials are what makes this program work...

Resource Review: Real Reads - The Chinese Classics

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Titles in the Series:  Journey to the West, 

UK, The Language Trends Survey for Secondary Schools 2011

CfBT Education Trust in association with the All-Party Parliamentary Group, Indendent Schools Modern Languages Association (ISMLA) and Association for Language Learning (ALL) have released the long awaited research on Language Trends in Secondary Schools.

The annual publication of findings from the Language Trends survey shows that 40% of maintained schools reported changes to their language provision since the introduction of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc).

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