World Languages Mandarin Chinese - World: Guānxì Resource Center

Chinese Teacher Exchange Program - Students Talk

Kid image 11th grade student

Why did you choose to study Chinese?
I would like to be able to work using Chinese, something like a diplomat or ambassador. I had the opportunity to go to China this spring and I learned so much. I've been excited about learning Chinese for a long time.

What do you think about having a teacher from China?

It's cool. Each year we have a different teacher so we get to learn something about where they're from and they get to learn about what it's like living in the U.S.

Kid image 11th grade student

Why did you choose to study Chinese?
I'd like to travel to China so I'd like to learn the language. I really want to learn it. I think it's really cool to know Chinese since it's not something most people do. My parents really want me to speak it fluently, too.


What do you think about having a teacher from China?
It's pretty cool to have a teacher from China, though they change every year. Last year there was a different teacher from a different part of China, so we learned history from her area. I recommend it to anyone, it's fun!

Kid image
10th grade student

Why did you choose to study Chinese?
Actually, I first was assigned this class because it fit with my schedule. But since I've been in it, I've learned it's pretty fun to learn Chinese. You get to learn about the culture. It's interesting to learn about things going on in China. If I can continue studying it, I will.

Language Acquisition

How students reach competence in a new language to listen, speak, read, and write at high levels of proficiency.

Curriculum Development

Sample units for elementary, middle, and high school Mandarin Chinese classes developed based on the California K-12 world language standards.

Language Instruction and Student Engagement

Video clips and other information to illustrate best practices in language teaching, specifically demonstrating lessons in the WORLD: Guānxì curriculum units.

Administrative Support

Resources and information to assist school and district administrators in planning, implementing, and improving Mandarin Chinese programs.

Chinese Teacher Exchange Program

Interviews, information, and resources from a program in San Diego County with 18 years of experience hosting guest teachers from a sister school in China.
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