Chinese Department


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Welcome Back!

Dear Parents,

Welcome! I am Maverick Arenas (Yàlǎoshī), Mandarin teacher in Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten and Grade 2 class. It is my pleasure to have your child in my Mandarin class this year and I look forward to a wonderful and fun-filled learning experience with your children.

I believe that the students should be the center of learning, so it is my job to facilitate, guide and lead each of them as they enjoy every learning opportunity in and out of the classroom. I assure you that I will work efficiently in meeting every child’s learning need in any way I can.

I know that both teachers and parents share a common goal: for the children to have a fruitful and successful learning experience all throughout the year. In this note, I believe that an open communication will greatly help your child’s learning development. Please feel free to contact me via my school email marenas@cismanila.organd/or set an appointment with Ms. Kitin Conchu at Tel. No. (632) 798-0011 Local 103 or 106.

Thank you so much for your support.



Maverick Arenas

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Welcome to a year of joyful learning!

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to SY18/19! I am Ms. Khloie Tan (Chen Lao Shi), and I am the Chinese teacher for Grade 3, ES1/Grade 4 and MS1/ES1. It is my pleasure to be part of the CISM faculty this year and I look forward to a wonderful and fun-filled learning experience in CISM.

I believe that students should be the center of learning and my job is to facilitate, guide and lead each and every one of them as they go through every learning opportunity within and outside of the classroom.

I believe that teachers and parents share a common goal here in school: for children to have a fruitful and successful learning experience all throughout the year. In this note, an open communication will greatly help your child’s Chinese learning development. Please feel free to contact me through my email and/or set an appointment with Ms. Kitin Conchu at Tel. No. (632) 798-0011 Local 103 or 116.

Here’s a quick peek on our first week in Mandarin class:

CheersES1 students drawing pictures to recap what they learnt in the previous school year


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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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YCT coming Gr.4-5 ES2

YCT的考试就快到了, 最近我们正在复习, ES2四五年级的学生今年是参加YCT的二级考试,希望他们今年都能有好的表现.

YCT的考试是在二零一八年五月十二日, 早上八点半报到. 九点开始正式考试.


以下是YCT 2级 生字的复习,同学们好好利用取得好成绩


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We are learning facilities about classroom.

Chinese characters: 教室   电视机   电脑   书架   桌子   椅子  小学生   老师  很多  前后左右

pinyin: ai  ei  ui  ao  ou  iu  ie  üe  er  in  un   ün  ang  eng  ing  ong

sentences:教室里有电视机。 教室里有很多小学生。



measure words:张    把     台    个

practice: We play game to practice these things. We will listen to instructions and do the action. For example, raise your left hands, use your right hands handshake with your partner. This is a way to practice, and can  let class become more interesting , enhance their friendship.

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Grade 1: I like to eat cake. (我喜欢吃蛋糕。)

For Grade 1, we are studying the topic about “My favorite food”. In this class, we are studying words about snacks and fruit. For example, cake, chocolate, donut and so on. And meanwhile, we also will study these new sentences:

我喜欢吃蛋糕。(I like to eat cake.)

我喜欢喝牛奶。(I like to drink milk.)

我不喜欢吃香蕉。(I don’t like to eat banana.)

我爱吃巧克力。(I love eating chocolate.)

我不爱喝苹果汁。(I don’t love drinking apple juice.)

我最喜欢吃糖果。(I like to eat candy most.)

We play game to practice these sentences. We will passing one sentence and the last one students will choice the character from whiteboard and draw the foods or animals. In this class, every one students can say sentences and practice their listening about the topic. Students are interested in the topic, so they study new words very fast.


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Nursery Mandarin



Nursery Mandarin – Mr. Maverick Arenas


Nursery students focused on the topic “Colors” this month. We learned different words about colors such as, 红色、橙色、黄色、绿色、蓝色、紫色、黑色、白色. Every Mandarin class, students were tasked to identify Chinese characters, and read aloud words presented in class. They were also given opportunity to say their favorite color 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 Colors
Learning outcomes
  • Pronounce the words correctly
  • Identify Chinese characters
  • Identify colors
  • Answer the questions correctly
  • Recite sentences related to the topic
  • Sing songs and rhymes
Vocabulary Vocabulary:




Sentence pattern:

1. 我喜欢红色、橙色、黄色、绿色、蓝色、紫色、黑色、白色

Review material



Teacher Mavi



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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.