One of the biggest challenges in teaching the Chinese language to English speakers is that we do not have a system that allows us to better understand and more accurately assess the development of our student’s literacy. The field of English language learning or even ESL has decades of research from multiple countries and multiple linguistic backgrounds about the development of English literacy. There are well established systems such as Fountas & Pinnell and Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) that helps instructors assess students reading level, accuracy, fluency and comprehension.
But for Chinese, we do not have these types of systems or research and data to support the way we work with our students. In order to make Chinese literacy more achievable for our students and enable them to become proficient readers, we need a system that allows teachers to better understand and accurately assess the student’s development of literacy in Chinese.
Level Chinese curriculum leverages standard framework such as Common Core and ACTFL Can Do statements and provides twenty (20) levels of objectives and mastery-based assessment with detailed analytics, helps teachers accurately assess the literary competency of each student. This along with access to properly leveled books enable teachers to develop targeted lessons and promote students to be successful.