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.
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:
- Communicate effectively in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes using Chinese language
- Interact with cultural competence and understanding
- Connect with other disciplines and acquire information and diverse perspectives in order to use the language to function in academic and career-related situations
- Develop insight into the nature of language and culture in order to interact with cultural competence
- 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.
The following content outline may change, depending on needs:
ES 2 Level
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)
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
Pre-K Mandarin – Mr. Maverick Arenas
Pre-Kindergarten students focused on the topic “FAMILY” this month. We learned different words about family such as, 爸爸，妈妈，哥哥，姐姐，弟弟，妹妹，家，我. Every Mandarin class, students were tasked to identify Chinese characters, and read aloud words presented in class. They were also given opportunity to introduce their family in class by using sentence patterns discussed in class.
Please find below, the summary of lessons we’ve taken up this month. You are welcome to use this as a reference for reviewing Chinese lessons in preparation for future lessons and for upcoming assessments:
|Topic for the week||Family and strokes|
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.
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.