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Note to Parents:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

During the last semester, several instances of students losing their printed text have occurred.  Each of these texts was gathered from various sources, printed, compiled, stabled and distributed to students in 9 different grades (K-8) by the teacher.  The only master copies are online and are readily available. Henceforth all students will be responsible for print out their own text pages if they lose them. See the following steps for printing text pages.

Students who do not bring their printed text to class will find their class participation grade significantly lowered.  Starting with January 2017, classroom participation points will be entered in the grade book weekly instead of twice every Quarter.

Textbooks 汉语 HanYu: 
If your child misplaces their copy of the HanYu text book, they may download and print it out at home. Click here to go to Ms. Aquino's Dropbox to locate the book for your child's grade.  See below for which book your child should have with them in class and at home.  Audio files are also located in each book's download folder.
  • Third Grade:  Book 1 Lesson 7
  • Fourth Grade:  Book 3 Lesson 2
  • Fifth Grade:  Book 2 Lesson 6
  • Sixth Grade:  Book 3 Lesson 10
  • Seventh and Eighth Grade:  Book 4 Lesson 7
Students will know which lesson to study by either listening in class or checking Ms. Wang's page below.

For extra practice students can go to the Hanyu site at  This page has links to extra resources for each book.  Each book has two links.  

Expectation Notes to parents:

1.  Students 3rd grade and up all know that one of our expectations is to listen to audio file and review corresponding lessons at home EACH DAY for 5 to 10 minutes at least. It is evident to me that many students fail to meet this expectation and consequently come nowhere close to achieving their potential.  Students continuing to ignore this expectation should expect lower grades as the semester progresses.  

2. All students K-8th have audio files available on CDs, flash drives or online.  I realize many students do not take advantage of this valuable resource.  Consequently their pronunciation and tones are very poor. These deficiencies have an adverse effect on their grades.                            

                                                                           YCT & HSK Testing Information

 This is the fifth year LaSalle II Chinese language students will be taking YCT tests (level 1 through 4) and the first year students will be taking HSK 4 test.  This year,  fifty- two students have registered for these tests and will take the test in May.  Three students who have passed YCT 4 test will take the HSK 4 test; seventeen students will take YCT 4 test; twelve students will take YCT 3 test; eleven students will take YCT 2 test and nine students will take YCT 1 test.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The YCT tests  have motivated many of our students to reach for ever higher learning levels.  Taking and passing these tests have given our students a sense of achievement, built their confidence and helped to develop their characters.  We hope this year more students will be able to achieve special milestones by passing whichever level test they are taking.                                    


                                         Material being covered during the period of May 1st - 19th  

      7th - 8th            Lesson 8, Lesson 9 and Lesson 10, Hanyu IV


       6th grade          Lesson 4 and Lesson 5, Hanyu III


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5th grade          Lesson 7, Hanyu II

       4th grade          Lesson 8 & Lesson 9, Hanyu II


         3rd grade          Lesson 8, Lesson 9 & Lesson  10, Hanyu I

        2nd grade         Lesson 13 & Lesson 14, Chinese for Children


        1st grade  









General Goals:  As a teacher of Chinese language, I have devoted myself to designing and creating an effective and enjoyable language and culture learning environment. My goal is to maximize students’ Chinese language skills as well as their interest in and enjoyment of Chinese culture.  I have developed a learner-centered Immersion (or near-immersion) approach that encourages students to learn the language through interpersonal /interpretive activities and master newly covered language patterns utilizing language context.   

As a language teacher, my role is to guide and help students not only to acquire the language skills in the process of learning but, more importantly, to develop a deep understanding of how to learn so that they can profit most from their current and future learning opportunities. 

Recognizing students’ potential and respecting individual differences:  Students come to Chinese class from different backgrounds, with different learning skill and with different learning habits.  Each year     we have new students who join other students having learned Chinese for one or more years.  I believe that all students have the potential to learn Chinese well including who begin their study later than their peers.  I respect my students’ individual differences and do my best to respond to their individual needs.  My goal is to help all my students develop good learning habits, learn to use the resources available to them, and grow into effective learners.    

Language and Culture: To learn a language, it is necessary to understand aspects of the culture in which it is spoken.  My goal is to help students raise awareness of the cultures related to the language they learn as well as of their own cultures so that they become more tolerant of the cultural differences in our society, have a better understanding of themselves and others and acquire a broader perspective   of the people around the world. 

Parents’ role in their children’s language learning:  I believe parents’ role is important to their children’s success in learning a language.  My personal teaching experience as well as success stories from many of my students and their parents strongly supports the idea that a parent’s knowledge of the language is far less important to the child’s success than the parent’s focus on their child’s habits related to learning.  The key of parents’ success in helping their child is to instill in their child a strong sense of  ownership of their own learning.   

Main Requirements for the students 3rd grade and up

1.       In class, be attentive, focused and actively participate in interactive language activities; do your best to understand and interpret spoken and written language on the topics being covered; frequently engage in conversations, respond to questions, provide and obtain information in Chinese.   

2.       At home, reinforce what currently has been covered on a daily basis by making use of the available resources including audio, written and online multi-median texts.  

New Strategies to be employed

                I.                At the beginning of each new lesson/unit, ensure each individual student builds a vocabulary so he/she is able to participate in class language                                       learning activities. Students are required to:  

            1) make an effort to preview the new vocabulary during the given time in class, then to use the vocabulary to form phrases and sentences,   

           2) review the newly covered vocabulary at home,   

           3) take a vocabulary quiz at the beginning of the subsequent class.

 II.       At the beginning of each class, provide students with opportunities to practice their presentation skills.  Students are required to give a                 short talk on a topic of their choice. Recorded weekly grades for oral presentations will be based on the students’ best talk  during the week.  

 III.     Each student will be provided a Journal to be filled out during class with the guidance of the teacher.  Students are required to legibly write a                 description of a topic of current interest.  A grade for the written work will be entered into the grade book every other week. 

                                                                           2016-2017 Expectations for Chinese Class

 Expectation in Class    

      1.       Be well-prepared for class:   Come to class with a though review of the previous lesson

     2.      Be independent and focused: Be attentive and make an effort to understand what’s being covered

     3.      Be respectful and be an active listener: Follow directions and always stay on task. Actively listen to the class communication in Chinese, and be ready to respond to any                   comprehension questions.

     4.      Use Chinese in class: Always actively participate in class activities using Chinese in oral or written forms. Give a prepared free talk on a daily basis, and be responsive to                     your peers’ free talks.

Expectations at Home

Students in 3rd grade and up are expected to complete their home audio/oral/written assignments AND review their lessons 5-15 minutes per day.  

* I have experienced problems with some students not studying their lessons at all at home; parents should be aware that failure to review lessons at home on a daily basis will invariably result in poor performance and therefore poor grades.


 As a reminder, grading in language classrooms, as in any other class, is based on achievement, rather than effort. Students are expected to be working toward mastery of the concepts covered in class and grades based on class work, quizzes, and projects reflect this expectation.

·         Class participation (see above):           30 %

·         Home assignments (oral/written)         5%

·         In-class work:                                      20%

·         Quizzes/Tests                                      20%   (Including vocabulary quiz at the beginning of each new lesson/unit)

·         Performance task:                               25%  (Including prepared free talk given in class, written compositions and other projects)

  First grader grades are based primarily on meeting certain milestones which are typically recognized by students’ earning teacher-created certificates.

  Note:  It is essential for students to meet Expectations In Class & At Home in order to learn at a rate consistent with their potential.  If students or parents ever feel unsatisfied about grades received, Always refer to Expectations described in the first two paragraphs above.


Textbooks and Other Learning Materials

Note:  Students in 3rd grade and up use Hanyu, a multimedia online textbook.  This can be accessed through the link provided on the Chinese Page of LaSalle II website.  Each student 3rd grade and up is required to have a flash drive for occasions when additional material is provided.  Also, students are encouraged to upload from the classroom computers the textbook they are using onto their flash drives.

Kindergarten: Teacher-compiled audio and written materials   

   Unit I: Getting to Know about China

1st grade: Chinese For Children & teacher compiled materials

  Unit I: Meet Children All Around the World

2nd grade: Chinese For Children & teacher compiled materials

   Unit I:  Things I use daily - Lesson 11, Chinese for Children  

3rd grade: Hanyu Book I, an online multimedia textbook

   Unit I: Get acquainted with the characters in the book, Lesson 1 – Lesson 5

4th grade: Hanyu Book I

   Unit I: My Learning Environment, Lesson 11 – Lesson 15

5th grade: Hanyu Book II

   Unit I: Describing My World, Lesson 1 – Lesson 5

6th grade: Hanyu Book III

  Unit I: School Days and Special Days, Lesson 1, 7, 8 & 10

7th & 8th grades: Hanyu Book IV

   Unit I: Fables, Lesson 4, 6, 14 & 15


Language Curriculum Maps
A curriculum map is a document explaining what we plan to teach. Please keep in mind that the process of curriculum mapping is always a work in progress. We will revisit, review and revise the maps based on the needs of our students. We hope that you will use these maps as an informative tool of your child’s language learning experience at LaSalle II. If you have any questions about the content, please contact your child’s teacherPlease click here to view our world language curriculum maps.  -nma

Language Packet

              In an effort to save paper, we are posting our language packet online. It contains more information about our program,                                     our languages, resources, and websites. Please click here to view/download it-nma


            Language Resources for Extra Practice