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Grade 4/5 Mandarin Chinese ES1

Grade 4/5 Mandarin Chinese ES1 students are learning different Chinese words related to transportation. They started to write Chinese characters of different vehicles. This week, they learned to write sentences in the pattern of pronoun, time, transportation and activity (我+ 每天早上七点+ 坐汽车+ 上学). Students also practice their speaking skill through describing pictures related with vehicle. Games such as Chinese Whispers (pass the message) and Ball Toss were incorporated in the learning in order to practice students’ speaking and listening skills.


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五个学生说想养狗 。

没有学生想养猫 。







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Youth Chinese Test

YCT is an international standardized Chinese language test which is directed at examining non-native primary and secondary school students’ ability to apply Chinese language in their studies and daily lives. It consists of two independent parts: written test and oral test. The written test is made up of four levels from YCT Level 1 to YCT Level 4. The oral test includes YCT-Speaking Basic and YCT-Speaking Intermediate, and the test taker’s on-site performance will be recorded.

The YCT is for non-native, primary and secondary school students up to age 15.

  • YCT Level 1: can understand and use some of the most common Chinese phrases and sentences and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies.
  • YCT Level 2: can understand and use some simple Chinese phrases and sentences and cope with basic level communications.
  • YCT Level 3: having reached an excellent level in basic Chinese, can communicate on familiar daily topics in a simple manner.
  • YCT Level 4: can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. When travelling in China, they can manage most forms of communication in Chinese.

This coming March 18, grade 3-5 students will take their YCT exams.


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CISM Celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival!

The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) also known as Chinese Moon Festival is one of the special annual festivals for Chinese people. It is celebrated during the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar, which normally falls on the last week of September or the first week of October in the Gregorian calendar.

During this festivity, families get together to express their love to one another and celebrate this festival with a family dinner. This is also the time where Chinese families reunite with their love ones and appreciates the moon and eat moon cakes. In Chinese culture, the round and bright moon during that day symbolizes togetherness and reunion.

This year, CISM would like to spread the love to students by giving them the wonderful experience of playing the “Dice game” just like many Chinese families play it during this special day. Students from Nursery to Grade 12 were divided into groups and were given a chance to roll the dice and win exciting prizes prepared by the CISM Chinese department.

Students were so thrilled and filled the room with excitement as they wish to bring home great prizes. Below are pictures of students during the game.

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Also during this week, Chinese teachers in Lower school were able to introduce some of the important cultures and traditions of Chinese people when celebrating this day. Teachers has shown different videos narrating the story behind this festivity, such as the story of Hou Yi and Chang ‘e.