Classroom resources - Chinese

ebooks - The Happy Emperor and other stories

Produced by CISS, these ebooks aim to support Chinese language learning at all levels. Access these ebooks and related classroom resources through the links on the left-hand side of this page.

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Teaching Chinese through Chinese culture

Chinese festivals
Find out why the Chinese people love the colour red and explore the Spring Festival celebrations.
Introduction to China
A series of beautiful photographs depicting Chinese culture and everyday life.
Chinese food
Discover China's regional delicacies and the cultural and medicinal importance of food.

Ideas for S1-S3

People and Verbs Flashcards
Use these flashcards to learn the vocabulary related to people and verbs.
Household items Flashcards
Use these flashcards to help learn vocabulary related to the home and household items.
Illness Flashcards
Use these flashcards to learn words related to illnesses.
Supermarket Flashcards
Use this powerpoint to help learn the Chinese characters for things you might buy in the supermarket.
Colours Flashcards
Use this powerpoint to help learn the Chinese characters for different colours.
Animal Flashcards
Use this powerpoint to help learn the Chinese characters for different animals.
Weather Flashcards
Use this powerpoint to help learn the Chinese characters for different types of weather.
Occupations Flashcards
Use this powerpoint to help learn the Chinese characters for different kinds of occupations.
Food Flashcards
Use this powerpoint to help learn the Chinese characters for different kinds of food.
Family Flashcards
Use this powerpoint to help learn the Chinese characters for different members of the family. 
Clothes Flashcards
Use this powerpoint to help learn the Chinese characters for different kinds of clothes.
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Cross-curricular resources

What a Confucius Classroom can do!
One teacher of Chinese shares her experience of interdisciplinary working in a secondary school.
Cross-curricular projects: Mandarin

This powerpoint can be used to support teachers who want to introduce Chinese to learners at any stage of their learning, through cross-curricular projects.

This powerpoint was used at the CISS CPD session for teachers of Chinese in Scotland on 9th November 2012. The theme of the CPD was 'Culture into Language and Language into Culture: using interdisciplinary learning to embed Chinese across the curriculum'.

COERLL is funded by the US Department of Education to improve the teaching and learning of foreign languages by producing resources. These resources have been produced to support the teaching of Chinese.

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Video and audio teaching resources for primary (second level) and secondary school teachers.

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Cultural and language resources for teachers and learners of Chinese.

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World Stories: One in eight children in the UK speaks a language other than English as their first language. This website is a growing collection of short stories, both new and traditional, from all around the world. The stories are available in English,

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'Mandarin Explorer' is a platform for learners of Mandarin that is created & owned by Gabriella Belcher, an experienced Mandarin teacher based in Hong Kong. These visual tools are designed for Mandarin teachers & learners at all levels.

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CISS website containing information and resources for teaching Chinese

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Creative Chinese is an Australian website with the goal to nurture a community of Chinese teachers. It explorse new ideas, shares best practices, and supports active and engaged learning. With stimulating ideas for language and cultural activities for use

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Focuses on creating web-based or computer assisted programmes to improve Chinese language teaching and learning.

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A lively introduction to Mandarin Chinese in 10 short parts with video clips from the Real Chinese TV series.

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Chinese keyboard.

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