Phoenix Class

                                                         2017-2018 Phoenix Class (4th Grade)

 Welcome to a new school year! My name is Yue Cui, the instructor of the Mandarin class in Blacklick Elementary School. I am so happy that I can work and learn with your kids in my class this year.

In this class, we attempt to integrate fun, Mandarin learning, and Chinese cultural authenticity together, to maintain students’ interest and engage them in the classroom activities. Rewarding and encouragement would be the main classroom management strategies to motivate your kids to be the one whom they want to be by working hard. However, we also would make the consequences clear to our kids so they are aware of their own responsibilities in class - being a nice friend, good learner and respectful student.

For the 4th grade “Phoenix” Chinese class, we have several highlights that I believe your kids are will be excited about. Every class, we will have a 中国通(zhong guo tong /Chinese Master)tag that they are voluntary to wear. In this class, wearing that tag means that our kids have to speak Chinese or as much as they can. However, if they keep speaking English without trying to use the target language(they can ask me how to say a certain word in Chinese), or they have some inappropriate behavior to their class when they have the tag on, then I have to take the tag away.  If they do a great job in their Chinese Master, they can get a sticker that day on their passport. Then we also have a section of the class called “ Word of the Day”. Each word we learn every day is quite frequently-used or funny in the Chinese speaking context. So our kids can use their target language as often as they can.

You will receive emails one or two weeks ahead of some “big” class projects/days, so you and your kids could be more prepared. We also are happy to see your passionate support to your kids behind their project presentation.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me via I am more than willing to help your kids and you.


Yue Cui

Chinese Instructor

Blacklick Elementary School 

Zhong  qiu    jie

中   秋  节

Tradition of Mid-Autumn Festival

Learning resources:


Objectives for September:
  • Introduce yourself and family/friend's names, age, nationalities.
  • Identify countries and languages.


Yue Cui,
Oct 5, 2017, 6:09 PM
Yue Cui,
Oct 5, 2017, 6:11 PM