Mandarin Curriculum

The tone of Piedmont Language School’s classes is having fun with the language, and the goal is to instill a love of learning Mandarin, an accent and an ear. 

Early Mandarin

This is introduction to Mandarin class for beginners and our youngest students (TK-1st Grade). This class lays a fun foundation for learning at the higher levels. A textbook is not used at this level; the teacher teaches in themes primarily using crafts, rhymes, storytelling and games to engage students. Some of the themes explored in this class are Myself, My Family and My Friends. The idea is for students to get a feel for the language, and to immerse in the spoken language, without being conscious of the fact that they are learning.

There is no formal homework though videos and worksheets are at times used as homework.

Conversational Mandarin – Lower & Upper Schools

Join PLS online via Zoom to further develop and practice your conversational Chinese skills. Classes will be small to ensure abundant opportunity for each student to work on their conversational skills. Each week will have a theme to guide conversations, and we will use online support from Chinese Wonderland as well as a combination of PowerPoint (PPT) + YouTube in teaching.

At this point, we are offering a “Lower School” and “Upper School” Conversational Mandarin class. If we have enough students, we would love to offer additional conversational Mandarin classes that reflect the students’ abilities.

Advanced Mandarin

Advanced Mandarin class for our 6th grade students that reflects their many years of study with Piedmont Language School yet prepares them for middle school Mandarin. Conversation will be a focus while using the Zoom platform but reading, writing and characters will continue to be taught. There will be homework at this level.