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Grade 4-5 ES2 – Learning Body Parts

Grade 4-5 ES2 students continued with lessons on 身体部位 Body Parts.

Every Mandarin class, students learned new words, identify them in Chinese characters and pronounce the words correctly. They were also guided to write sentences by using the sentence pattern.


  • 眼睛、耳朵、鼻子、嘴巴、手、脚、腿、头、头发、脸、牙齿、舌头、皮肤、手指头
  • 长得、大、小、长、短、高、矮
  • 用、看、听、说、闻、写字、唱歌、怎么样


Questions  to review

  • 你怎么去学校?
  • 你每天几点上学?
  • 你喜欢什么颜色?
  • 你喜欢穿什么衣服?
  • 你爸爸/妈妈长什么样?

Review material:

1. Easy steps to Chinese textbook 1

2. Youtube video -

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Grade 4-5 ES2 – It’s fun to learn Mandarin!

Grade 4-5 ES2 students focused on the topics – Daily Routine, Transportation, Colors and Clothing this month. For this week, we focus on “Clothing”. We are now learning different words such as穿、衣服、衬衫、牛仔裤、裙子、长裤、短裤、外套、校服、汗衫、毛衣、帽子、手套、围巾、袜子、西装。Every Mandarin class, students learned new words, identify them in Chinese characters and pronounce the words correctly. They were also guided to write sentences by using the sentence pattern.




Sentence pattern:

1. 我喜欢红色、黄色和黑色。

2. 我喜欢穿紫色的毛衣。

3. 我妈妈买了三件衬衫。

Review material:

1. Easy steps to Chinese textbook 1

2. Youtube video -



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CISM celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival

CISM Celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival!

Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) also known as Chinese Moon Festival is one of the important annual festivals for Chinese people. It is celebrated during the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar, this year it falls on September 24 in the Gregorian calendar.

During this festivity, families get together to 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.

In CISM, the festival is marked by having the traditional dice game, also known as Bo Bing 博饼. This traditional game involves six dice and a China bowl with 63 different prizes for the players. In Chinese Filipino community, the dice game is known as Pua Tiong Chiu. Students from Nursery to Grade 12 were divided into groups and were given a chance to roll the dice and win exciting prizes.107170557-mid-autumn-festival-or-zhong-qiu-jie-illustration-with-happy-family-with-traditional-food-caption-15


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Welcome Grades 4 and 5 Parents ES2!


Course Overview                   

The Chinese curriculum in Grades 4 and 5 continues to develop student acquisition of the Chinese language and nurture awareness and understanding of Chinese traditions and customs. Students will be introduced to the building blocks of learning the language and continue to develop their communication skills in preparation for the Youth Chinese Test (YCT). All three levels are designed to develop in students a working competency in reading, writing, and communicating orally in Chinese.

Course Objectives

The Grades 4 and 5 Chinese program in Chinese International School Manila is designed to develop in students the following competencies in the Chinese language:

  1. Communicate effectively in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes using Chinese language
  2. Interact with cultural competence and understanding
  3. Connect with other disciplines and acquire information and diverse perspectives in order to use the language to function in academic and career-related situations
  4. Develop insight into the nature of language and culture in order to interact with cultural competence
  5. Communicate and interact with cultural competence in order to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world

For Mandarin Chinese, student performance in each component will be assessed using rubrics that will be discussed with students prior to the assignment of tasks. These rubrics will provide feedback to students in the four areas of communication focused on in the course: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Course Content

The following content outline may change, depending on needs:

ES 2 Level

Countries, Languages

Subjects of Study

Making Phone Calls




Hobbies (1) Music

Hobbies (2) Sports

Hobbies (3) Dance

Vegetables and Fruits

Assessment Framework (For Grade 5 students only)

Chinese International School Manila employs the following breakdown of assessment components:

20%     Formative assessment (quizzes, classroom drills and activities)

50%     Summative assessment (unit-end tasks)

30%     Final assessment         (semester-end cumulative assessment tasks)

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ES1 YCT1&2 vocabulary words

YCT is an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency to assesses young students’ Chinese abilities. The test is consist of listening and writing test.

ES1 students will be taking either YCT 1 or YCT 2.

Attached files are the vocabulary words for YCT 1 and YCT 2.



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Grade 9/10 HS2

Grade 9/10 HS2 students continue with the topic Food and Drinks. The students prepared power point presentation on a Chinese dish and presented in class. The presentation includes food ingredients, procedure and picture of the Chinese dish.










In this task, they practiced their productive skills. Productive skills includes the pronunciation and intonation used to communicate and the grammatical structure of the sentences.




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Grade 4-5 ES1

Grade 4 and 5 ES1 students learned to write simple sentences. Following the pattern below, students shared his/her favorite subject/s in essay writing.

我 + 喜欢 + 上 ____________  课。I like to attend _______ class.

我 + 不喜欢 + 上 ____________  课。I don’t like to attend _______ class.

Grade 4.5 works

They also shared their favorite colors, nationalities of their classmates and basic information about themselves.







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Grade 2 students are learning clothes: 校服school uniform, 衬衫shirt, 裙子dress, 裤子pants,鞋子shoes,毛衣,袜子,牛仔裤 and so on. We write Chinese characters, and need them know meanings, then they can try to introduce their clothes they are wearing. Besides, we are learning 喜欢 and 不喜欢, 有 and 没有,students can add some others thing they have learned to this structure.
Chinese characters: 校服 衬衫 裙子 短裙 裤子 短裤 皮鞋 (不)喜欢 (没)有

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Mandarin ES1 School Subjects

The timetable lists below are the subjects students are learning. English, Chinese, Science, Music, Computer… but how to say them in Chinese?  Let’s learn together.


Let’s make a couple of sentences with these words:

  1. Today I had 4 subjects: English,Math, Chinese and Science.
    Jīntiān wǒ yǒu sì mén kè: Yīngyǔ, shùxué, zhōngwén hé kēxué.
  1. My favorite subjects are Art, Chinese and PE.
    Wǒ zuì xǐhuān de kēmù shì měishù, zhōngwén hé tǐyù.
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Grade 4/5 ES1 – Countries, Languages and Nationalities

Let’s review where you’re from, your nationality and the language you speak.


People always want to know what country (国家– guó jiā) are you from. The Chinese character 国 (guó) comes up again and again:

USA (美国 – měi guó)

England (英国 – yīng guó)

South Korea (韩国 – hán guó)

Thailand (泰国 – tài guó)

The Chinese character 国use as a short form of 国家 and other Chinese names for countries are more of a transliteration (sound like the actual name).

Canada (加拿大 – jiā ná dà)

Malaysia (马来西亚– mǎ lái xī yà)

Italy (意大利 – yì dà lì)

How can you ask/answer about where a person is from? Here are the question and the corresponding answer:

你是哪国人? (nǐ shì nǎ rén)

Which country are you from?

我是… 的 (wǒ shì… de)

I’m from…


It is easy to learn nationalities in Chinese language – simply add the character for person (人 – rén):

German (德国人 – dé guó rén)

Indian (印度人 – yìn dù rén)

To say your nationality, it’s quite simple: I’m… (我是…人 – wǒ shì… rén)


Talking about languages (语言 – yǔ yán), here are some terms -

Mandarin (普通话 – pǔ tōng huà/中文 – zhōng wén/汉语 – hàn yǔ)

Cantonese (广东话 – guǎng dōng huà)

English (英语 – yīng yǔ)

French (法语 – fǎ yǔ)

Spanish (西班牙语 – xī bān yá yǔ)

Here’s how you would ask/answer about what language you speak:

What languages can you speak?

你会说什么语言? (nǐ huì shuō shén me yǔ yán)

I can speak…

我会说… (wǒ huì shuō…)