Welcome to Colorado International School’s Mandarin Chinese program. We are excited to have your family join us for the coming school year! This program offers a rich and valuable education that meets Colorado and international standards. Also a part of the International Baccalaureate program, the Chinese program is committed to offering constructive and challenging experiences that can immerse students in great cultural diversity and lead to greater understanding of the world.
Meet our Mandarin Program Staff!
Pre-K and K (3 to 5 years old) - Click here for more information:
It is important to build a strong foundation in students when learning any subject, and learning Chinese is no exception. The crucial goal for Pre-K and K is to prepare each child for elementary-leveled lessons. Children will learn Chinese in a friendly immersion environment, learning about fun topics that everyone can enjoy, such as folklore, food, music, Chinese character, Chinese culture, Chinese nursery poem, Chinese children songs and important celebrations. The pinyin phonetic symbols will be introduced, which will help a child through his or her process of Mandarin learning for years to come.
In addition to learning the language, an introductory mathematics course and IB will be taught.
IB unit: The six IB themes will be taught during the year. Each theme takes six weeks and will be accompanied by a field trip that correlates to its respect topic. Though the IB unit, the students will explore science, nature, culture and social study in Chinese.
Materials that we will be using:
- I Love Chinese（我爱华语wo ai hua yu ）published by Better Chinese (12 volumes)
- My First Chinese Words（快乐幼儿华语kuai le you er hua yu）series by Better Chinese (36 volumes)
- Math materials used by Jiang Su Education Publisher
- Chinese Paradise (汉语乐园han yu le yuan) (3 volumes (A+B), a total of six books) (only for Kindergarten). Edit by Han Ban*
First grade to eighth grade:
First grade to eight grades will learn the basics of Chinese and develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. This is a crucial period of learning when students begin to expand their comprehension skills and continue to build upon their foundation of language learning. Students will learn by listening to a diverse source of materials and speaking, reading, writing for different purposes and audiences. The textbook covers the topics of daily communication of day-to-day life, school life, food and health, environment, transportation and geography, and traditional Chinese culture. Also, the lecture will follow IB themes.
IB unit: The six IB themes will be taught during the year. Each theme takes six weeks and will be accompanied by a field trip that correlates to its respect topic. IB themes will be taught in two levels. Grade 1-3 follow their level and grade 3 and above follow their level. Though the IB unit, the students will explore science, history, geography and social study in Chinese.
Materials that we will be using:
- First grade:
Chinese Paradise (汉语乐园Han Yu Le Yuan) (3 volumes, each volumes A+B, a total of six books). Edit by Han Ban*
Happy Chinese (快乐汉语Kuai Le Han Yu) Book 1, 2. Edit by Han Ban*
Mathematic (数学shu xue) : First Grade Elementary book (published by Jiang Su Education)
- Second grade:
Happy Chinese (快乐汉语Kuai Le Han Yu) Book 3. Edit by Han Ban*
Chinese Mandarin Text Book (语文Yu Wen) First Grade Elementary textbooks, (textbooks from China used by Chinese students) (published by Jiang Su Education)
Mathematic (数学shu xue) : Second Grade Elementary book (published by Jiang Su Education)
- Third grade to fifth grade:
Chinese Mandarin Text Book (语文Yu Wen) Second and third grade elementary textbooks (textbooks from China used by Chinese students) (published by Jiang Su Education)
Mathematic (数学shu xue) : Third, fourth and fifth Grade Elementary book (published by Jiang Su Education)
- Six to eighth grade:
Beginners in middle scool:
Happy Chinese (快乐汉语Kuai Le Han Yu) Book 1, 2 Edit by Han Ban*
Intermediate / Advanced:
Learn Chinese With Me（跟我学汉语 gen wo xue han yu） (Series books 1, 2, 3, 4) Edit by Han Ban*. Published by People’s Education Press
Chinese Mandarin Text Book(语文Yu Wen) Second to fifth grade elementary textbooks (textbooks from China used by Chinese students) (published by Jiang Su Education)
*Hanban is the executive body of the Chinese Language Council International, a non-governmental and non-profit organization affiliated to the Ministry of Education of China. Hanban also is committed to making the Chinese language and culture teaching resources and services available to the world, to meeting the demands of overseas Chinese learners to the utmost, to contributing to the formation of a world of cultural diversity and harmony. Hanban material specially designed for children of non-native Chinese families and those living in non-Chinese speaking communities. The materials accompany with AudioCD and Workbooks. They are a perfect starter set for young learners and provide a solid foundation to continue to learn advanced Chinese language.