World Languages Mandarin Chinese - World: Guānxì Resource Center

Language Instruction and Student Engagement - Resources

Language Instruction and Professional Organizations

Teaching Foreign Languages K-12
This video library features videos showing effective instruction and assessment strategies for teaching foreign languages. All classroom videos are subtitled in English and are appropriate for K-12 teachers of any foreign language.

Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) Project
The TELL Project offers resources and processes to enhance the effectiveness of teachers and leaders in language instruction.

Learning Forward JSD Winter 2008, Vol. 29, No. 1
The article, "Asking the right questions: Teachers' questions can build students' English language skills," illustrates using Bloom's taxonomy applied to questioning strategies and can be applied for students learning any language.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
ACTFL is a strong advocate for foreign language teaching and provides extensive professional development and networking opportunities.

Chinese Language Education Forum
This forum provides a way to expand Chinese language education through ongoing dialogue and collaboration.

Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of California
CLTAC is a nonprofit organization which promotes the teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture at all educational levels.

As part of NanHai, the Chinese Language Education and Research Center promotes Chinese language education

National Network for Early Language Learning
Join as a member and find a selection of useful online resources that promote language learning.

New Horizons for Learning - Teaching and Learning Strategies
Follow these links to learn about a variety of strategies, many of which are applicable in language instruction.

Project GLAD
Learn about Guided Language Acquisition Design to provide an effective instructional model for language instruction.

Southeast Asian Studies – Profile of a Successful Language Learner
Gain insight about a language learner’s perspective about her experience.

Cultural Connections

Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center
Discover more about China through a visit to this museum’s rich collections.

China National Tourist Office
Get a plethora of information about visiting China, which can be useful in instruction.

Chinese American International School
This school provides students with a bicultural and bilingual academic program.

Confucius Institute
Learn about events and programs and find resources from this valuable academic and cultural organization.

Learning and Practicing Mandarin Online

BBC – Languages: Chinese
Employ these useful online resources for learning Chinese.

Conversational Mandarin Practice Online
This page has audio examples for pronouncing pinyin.

Fluent Future
Students can connect with other language learners to extend their language learning and expand their cultural understanding. Additional resources such as video lessons are also available.

Learning Chinese Online
This Web site provides numerous links to other resources for learning Chinese.

Mandarin Chinese Tones
Read a solid description of the tones in Mandarin Chinese with audio clips and visual aids.

Mandarin Lessons
Access an extensive set of lessons, which include audio clips of relevant vocabulary.

Pinyin Practice

Online listening and reading activities are provided to apply learning about pinyin.

Free online Chinese lessons
Free online Chinese language lessons originally developed by the US State Department in 1974.

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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