Mandarin Chinese Class Curriculum for Adults and Children

Nihaoma Houston Chinese curriculum is designed by experienced education professionals to meet the needs and interests of young learners who would like to explore a foreign language in a fun way.
Aside from learning language and practicing language skills, Nihaoma Houston Chinese curriculum at all levels will combine the Western and Eastern cultural elements, as well as use authentic and fun materials to motivate our young learners. A typical lesson plan includes games, role-play, music, video, story books, and hands-on Chinese cultural activities that appeal to the younger learners such as making handicrafts, kicking shuttlecocks, and making paper-cuts and kites.

Level I

Aims of level I children's Chinese classes are introducing Chinese phonetic alphabets – Pinyin and Chinese characters; using simple daily life expressions, singing children’s songs and reciting children’s rhymes; becoming familiarized with approximately 50 Chinese characters; and gaining a preliminary understanding of the Chinese culture.
Language objectives are greeting, self-introduction, counting, stating one’s age, describing physical features, family, common household terms, terms of reading and writing, classroom terms, drinks and food.

Level II

At level II children's Chinese classes, aside from continuing with our student-centered class activities, we will review previous materials, and begin new learning materials.I” Student’s listening and speaking skills will be reinforced; and their vocabulary will be expanded.
Goals of this course are encouraging students to use their basic language skills to communicate with each other; reading and writing approximately 50 more Chinese characters, and gaining a deeper understanding of Chinese culture.
Learning objectives are nationality, cities, time, date, locations, occupations, animals, nature, colors and clothing.

Level III

Aims of level III children's Chinese classes are understanding and conversing at a more advanced level; encouraging students to talk about simple topics like “today’s weather” and “traveling to China.” At the completion of level III students will recognize a total of 150 Chinese characters, and have a good understanding of Chinese culture. Another goal of this level is to encourage students to start reading simple phrases and short paragraphs.
Learning objectives are discussing the four seasons, time, temperature, weather, sports, hobby, locations, occupations, animals, nature, colors, clothing, shopping and restaurants.

Level IV

We strive to help young learners improve their fluency and communication skills, and encourage them to use their language skills in various practical situations.
Level IV children's Chinese classes focus on the reinforcement of conversational skills, building vocabulary, and reading short stories.
Teaching materials for level IV are carefully selected and competently compromised by experienced professionals. All handouts for learning and practicing will be collected in the “Chinese folder”.
We cover objectives such as appearance and character, feelings, daily routines, education, food and drink, weather, relationships, health, sport, etc...

Level V

Aside from language acquisition, we will gain awareness of China-Western cultural differences; and motivate our students to use their language and cultural knowledge for further study and leisure.
Our goals are to help students further improve their communication skills at a higher level, build a larger vocabulary, enhance reading skills, and begin to write on various topics.
Teaching materials for level V are carefully selected and competently compromised by experienced professionals. All handouts for learning and practicing will be collected in the “Chinese folder”.
In addition to topics from previous levels, new objectives include shopping, entertainment, holidays, transport, travel, emergencies, neighborhood, the town and services etc...