Chiwonder Course Catalog
Our Teaching Approach:
Our project-based approach is rooted in the belief that students best acquire language skills when they see its tangible application in the real world. By focusing on real-life situations and practical scenarios, we ensure that young learners internalize vocabulary, sentence structures, and cultural nuances more effectively. Our projects are structured to encourage gradual progression in linguistic capabilities, ensuring that each child experiences growth and confidence in their Mandarin journey.
Chiwonder is a WASC-accredited program, and we are in the process of becoming a UC A-G course online publisher. In collaboration with California high schools, we offer accredited high school Mandarin courses.
Begin your journey with the Chinese language and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of China's history and culture. In Chinese I, students will learn basic pronunciation, tones, and foundational vocabulary and sentence structures. By the end of this course, students will be able to conduct simple conversations and have a basic understanding of Chinese characters and pinyin. Cultural insights will be interwoven to provide a holistic learning experience.
Building on the foundation set in Chinese I, Chinese II delves deeper into the language, expanding vocabulary and introducing more intricate grammar structures. Students will engage in more advanced dialogues and reading exercises, fostering greater confidence in both spoken and written Chinese. Cultural elements, ranging from festivals to cuisine, will be further explored to enrich the language learning journey.
Advance your language skills in Chinese III, where students delve into complex topics and narratives. This course fosters improved reading comprehension, expansive vocabulary, and a deeper understanding of grammar. Enhanced speaking exercises allow students to articulate thoughts on a broader range of topics. Dive deeper into the nuances of Chinese culture, history, and contemporary issues.
Chinese III Honors:
This intensive course is designed for dedicated students eager to accelerate their language proficiency. In addition to the core content of Chinese III, the honors course places a greater emphasis on critical thinking, reading challenging texts, and articulating nuanced opinions. Ideal for those seeking a rigorous and immersive Chinese learning experience.
At this advanced level, students are encouraged to express themselves fluently and effortlessly. Chinese IV covers intricate topics, idiomatic expressions, and sophisticated grammatical structures. Reading and interpreting diverse materials, from literature to news articles, will hone students' comprehensive skills. Engaging discussions on traditional and modern Chinese societal norms will provide a deeper cultural context.
A culmination of the Mandarin program, the AP Chinese course prepares students for the Advanced Placement Chinese Language and Culture exam. This course emphasizes proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will explore various authentic resources, from films to literary excerpts, to strengthen their analytical skills. Engaging in real-world tasks, they will refine their linguistic capabilities and gain an in-depth appreciation for Chinese culture and its global influence.
Embark on an enriching linguistic adventure tailored for young learners. Chiwonder Mandarin's middle school courses are meticulously crafted, blending structured curriculum with engaging activities. Dive into the captivating world of Mandarin and explore the rich tapestry of Chinese culture.
Beginner's Mandarin (Grade 6):
Starting the Journey
Kickstart your Mandarin learning experience with basic vocabulary, pronunciation, and essential sentence structures. Through interactive lessons, students will be introduced to pinyin, simple characters, and cultural tidbits. Engaging activities and stories bring the language to life, fostering enthusiasm and foundational knowledge.
Intermediate Mandarin (Grade 7):
Deepening the Connection
Building upon the foundation, students will expand their vocabulary, delve into more intricate sentence formations, and enhance reading and writing skills. With a mix of traditional tales and contemporary themes, learners will cultivate an appreciation for the language's depth and cultural significance.
Advanced Mandarin (Grade 8):
Reaching Greater Heights
Tailored for students who've journeyed through the beginner and intermediate phases, this course is a comprehensive exploration of advanced grammar, extensive vocabulary, and refined conversational skills. Dive deep into Chinese history, folklore, and contemporary nuances, all while perfecting linguistic prowess.
Chiwonder Mandarin K-5
Laying the Foundations with Project-Based Mandarin Learning
Introduce your young ones to the enchanting world of Mandarin with Chiwonder's innovative project-based learning approach. Our courses for K-5 are uniquely designed to guide students seamlessly from novice low proficiency levels to intermediate low. By immersing students in engaging, real-world projects, we ensure that they not only learn the language but also experience its practical application.
Project #1: Speak Chinese in a Chinese Restaurant
Dive into the Culinary World
Take your first steps into Mandarin by navigating the vibrant environment of a Chinese restaurant. Students will learn essential vocabulary related to food, dining, and basic interactions. By the project's conclusion, they will be able to place orders, ask for recommendations, and hold simple conversations with restaurant staff - all in fluent Mandarin! This immersive experience serves as an appetizing introduction to the language and culture.
Project #2: My Journey in China
Embark on a Cultural Expedition
Chart your course through China's vast landscapes and rich heritage. This project lets students virtually travel through various regions, encountering diverse traditions, landmarks, and local customs. From the bustling streets of Beijing to the serene landscapes of Guilin, students will enhance their vocabulary, practice directions, and delve into descriptive narratives. By journey's end, they'll be sharing tales of their adventures, narrating experiences, and expressing opinions, gradually transitioning from novice low to intermediate low proficiency.
Why Choose Chiwonder Mandarin for K-5?
- Hands-On Learning: We believe in experiential learning, where students not only learn but practice and apply their skills.
- Nurtured Progression: From novice low to intermediate low, our structured projects ensure a smooth and comprehensive learning curve.
- Cultural Enrichment: Beyond just language, we provide a window into the vibrant world of Chinese culture, fostering global awareness and appreciation.