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The series surrounds the life of two good friends named Da Chuan and Li Le.  They live in ChatterCity, the setting of our interpersonal oral game.  Much of the story line uses the same setting as our Quests in the interpersonal oral game!  We hope students would enjoy “speaking” and “reading” the same context.  Come check out all the mischievous things that Da Chuan and Li Le do!

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Video on 优酷 for Mainland China users

Level Chinese is a comprehensive language platform aims to support K-12 students from all different countries and of all types of language background.  Our curriculum aligns with Common Core, Chinese National Curriculum (中国语文课程标准), IB and ACTFL.

We are now offering a 30 day free trial of all our components so you can experience how Level Chinese could help you achieve your goals.

 

 

How is this special free trial different than our typical 30 day evaluation?

 

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Teachers can see student activities within the game, hear audio recording of students speaking their target language during the game.  Clicking on the Speaking Module on your teacher’s dashboard!  To learn more about the game, login to www.levelchinese.com and select Getting Started
Click on the checkbox(es) to configure target language, hint language and quest language for a group or group(s)
  • Audio Quest description (for intermediate levels) can be configured to be given in target language (Mandarin) or English
  • Audio to provide hints to help students along games of all levels.  Hint language can be configured in target language (Mandarin) or English
See what your students are doing NOW in the game!
The “Current” TAB gives you a quick summary view of what your students are doing in the game NOW!  The green light means the student is in the game.  Each row shows you if a student is paired up with another student, how many games have been played etc.  Click into each row to see more details.
Listen to recording of students speaking their target language in the game
Once students are done with the game, their audio is processed.  The processing could take a few minutes.  Once processing is done, you can listen to what your students are saying in the game!
Anhui Children’s Publishing House 安徽少年儿童出版社《寄小读者》系列
This week, we added the《寄小读者》series by famous Chinese author, Bing Xin, to our leveled library.  She was one of the most prolific Chinese women writers of the 20th century.  This series is available in both Simplified and Traditional.

Titles and levels of the 寄小读者 series
Title 书名 Level 等级
寄小读者通讯一 Q
寄小读者通讯二 P
寄小读者通讯三 R
寄小读者通讯四 R
寄小读者通讯五 Q
寄小读者通讯六 R
寄小读者通讯七(上) R
寄小读者通讯七(下) R
寄小读者通讯八 R
寄小读者通讯九 T
寄小读者通讯十 R
寄小读者通讯十一 S
寄小读者通讯十二 Q
寄小读者通讯十三 S
寄小读者通讯十四 S
寄小读者通讯十五 R
寄小读者通讯十六 T
寄小读者通讯十七 R
寄小读者通讯十八 R
寄小读者通讯十九 S
寄小读者通讯二十 S
寄小读者通讯二十一 S
寄小读者通讯二十二 T
寄小读者通讯二十三 U
寄小读者通讯二十四 U
寄小读者通讯二十五 T
寄小读者通讯二十六 U
寄小读者通讯二十七 U
山中杂记(一)我怯弱的心灵(二)埋存与发掘 M
山中杂记(三)古国的音乐(四)雨雪时候的辰星(五)她得刑罚了 L
山中杂记(六)Eskimo L
山中杂记(七)说几句爱海的孩子气的话 N
山中杂记(八)他们说我幸运 N
山中杂记(九)机器与人类幸福 N
山中杂记(十)鸟兽不可与同群 P
寄小读者通讯二十八 S
寄小读者通讯二十九 S
再寄小读者(之一)通讯一 P
再寄小读者(之一)通讯二 Q
再寄小读者(之一)通讯三 Q
再寄小读者(之一)通讯四 P
再寄小读者(之二)通讯一 O
再寄小读者(之二)通讯二 P
再寄小读者(之二)通讯三 P
再寄小读者(之二)通讯四 P
再寄小读者(之二)通讯五 Q
再寄小读者(之二)通讯六 P
再寄小读者(之二)通讯七 R
再寄小读者(之二)通讯八 S
再寄小读者(之二)通讯九 Q
再寄小读者(之二)通讯十 S

Level Chinese Every language 日常用语系列

This week, we added level C,D and E books in this series.  Topics include experience at the pet store, science museum and many other fun everyday activities!

Titles and levels of the Everyday Language Series 日常用语系列

Title书名 Level 等级
宠物店 C
我们去看电影 C
做什么护理 D
我包饺子 D
科学博物馆里有什么? D
你要午餐! D
乐乐有只狗 E
我需要很多东西 E
在体育用品店 E
坐飞机去旅行 E
家庭电影日 E
烘焙班的课程表 E
爸爸不吃披萨饼 E

Teacher Reference for Interpersonal Oral Game

 

Since the launch of our innovative Interpersonal Oral Game, we have received tremendous feedback. Students are enjoying the socialization in the game and solving everyday life problems speaking their target language. In order to give teachers context of what students are learning and practicing in each building and each level, we are providing a teacher guide which describes game design and also vocabulary, sentences/questions and scenarios students experience in the game.

If you are new to the game, click here to learn more about it!

 

Interpersonal Oral Game Teacher Reference  :

1. In this guide, we explain game design for different levels.

2. For each building, we show the vocabulary, sentences/question and scenarios students are exposed to.   Please click here to see a full example : Park Teacher reference.

To access the full teacher reference, login to https://www.levelchinese.com/ and click on Getting Started to access the Interpersonal Oral TAB.

During Fall 2020, we launched our Opinion and Narrative Writing Mini-Lesson Video Series.  In response to great feedback from teachers, we are now launching our Informative Writing Mini-Lesson Video Series.  Level Chinese Reading and Writing offering follows the best practice described in the Reading and Writing Workshop Framework.  These mini-lesson video series were developed in collaboration with Instructional Coach, Pearl You, MI Middle School Chinese teacher, Doris Qu and MI/IB coordinator, Jie Ni.  Just like previous series, we have prepared two Informative Writing Mini-Lesson Video series – one targeting level G and another one targeting level K to address the needs of our learners in age and levels.

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Higher Education Press 高等教育出版社 iSuper 中文小博士系列图书 (levels E-H,L-P)

Higher Education Press 高等教育出版社 Cool Panda (levels D-I)

Mandarin Companion 系列图书 (level K)


Higher Education Press 高等教育出版社 iSuper Series 中文小博士系列图书


Complete book list 详细书单

Higher Education Press 高等教育出版社 Cool Panda Series

Complete book list 详细书单

Mandarin Companion 系列图书 (level K)


Complete book list 详细书单

We want to better serve our native speaker students.  We worked on two important pieces:

  • With consultation from teachers who have been teaching Chinese National Curriculum (CNC)  (中国语文课程标准)for many years, we explored how we could better serve teachers and students.
  • Working with our partner publishers, we are adding books focus on the needs of native speakers.

Level Chinese Standards and CNC (中国语文课程标准)

Chinese National Curriculum identifies standards for character recognition, reading, writing and speaking. These standards are expected to be instructed along with the textbooks designated for each grade. We unpacked the reading standards and found that they correlate with the Common Core Reading Framework. Since Level Chinese standards are designed based on Common Core Framework, Level Chinese standards also correlate with Chinese National Curriculum (中国语文课程标准).

Using Level Chinese Text Complexity Standards, we identified the level of most texts in the G1-6 textbooks using 部编版语文课本 as a reference. The table below shows the key range of text levels in each textbook. These levels were further cross-referenced with the grade level performance targets and validated by a leading bilingual school in Beijing, China. The grade level performance targets were set based on multiple years of collected student data using the Level Chinese assessments. Given CNC and Level Chinese standards are based on similar framework, teachers can plan instruction of a text in the textbook using standards in the matching level within Level Chinese. In addition, teachers can obtain data on student learning based on assessment results in Level Chinese system.

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Books focus on the needs of native speakers

We are preparing books such as 冰心《寄小读者》合集、杨红樱童话合集、叶圣陶作品集、格林童话 to be released in the next few months.  At the same time, we are working with publishers to add more content from the CNC supplemental reading list.  Check out our publisher partners.  If your school would like to order hard copy books, please contact the publishers directly.

Higher Education Press Cool Panda Series (Simplified) is categorized by topic and provides a wealth of choices for teachers and students. Simple and interesting stories with colorful illustrations meet students’ needs. More books from this series will be launched in the near future.

Complete book list for this week’s update

Sinolingua’s Abridged Chinese series Level S (Simplified)  “Home”, “Spring”, and “Autumn” made up the the Torrents Trilogy written by Mr. Ba Jin. The series is about the experience of three brothers in a feudal autocracy. This week’s new “Home” and “Spring” were adapted from Mr. Ba Jin’s novels.
Complete book list for this week’s update

Sinolingua’s Wisdom series Level M (Simplified & Traditional) : this week we published 4 stories from this series.  These short stories are full of wisdom and hope to bring happiness to everyone.

Complete book list for this week’s update

Sinolingua Reading Tree Series (Simplified & Traditional) The new content this week is about everyday life.  The text is mainly simple and easy to understand daily language.

Complete book list for this week’s update

Sinolingua’s Rainbow series Level O/P(Simplified & Traditional) : there are many legendary characters in ancient China. The new books published this week tell stories of four of these characters.

Complete book list for this week’s update

This week, we introduced 15 news articles (Level GHIJKMN) in the Level Chinese Multi-Level News Series (Simplified and Traditional)  : Due to COVID-19, many aspects of our lives have been affected greatly.  Read these articles to find out how lives around the world have been impacted.

Complete book list for this week’s update

Narrative Writing Mini-Lesson Videos Now Available

In August, we launched our Opinion Writing Mini-Lesson videos as well a hundreds of ready-to-use writing prompts paired with books in our online library. We have received much positive feedback from teachers. Now, we have launched our Narrative Writing Mini-Lesson Videos. This video series is based on the same design as the Opinion series. We want to address students of different age and writing level so we have again chosen to create two series of videos – one for level G and another one for level K. We welcome your feedback. With your help, we want to continue to improve Level Chinese to benefit all teachers and students.

Level Chinese Everyday language series (Simplified & Traditional) has been popular with our students since its launch. The series mainly focuses on basic and practical vocabulary in our students’ daily life.  It makes learning Chinese that much more fun when students can relate learning to their real life.  This week, the new level C and D books covers topics such as activities which take place at a science museum, an airport, a park and a kitchen.  Many more topics will be covered in the upcoming weeks!

Complete book list for this week’s update

Last year, Level Chinese introduced some of the books from Sinolingua’s My First Chinese Stories series (Simplified & Traditional) .  These books were very popular with teachers and students.  Now, Sinolingua and Level Chinese have added more exciting content from this series in Levels G/H/I.  The new books include idiom and animal based stories which are carefully adapted from classic Chinese stories.


Complete book list for this week’s update

This week, we introduced 9 news articles (Level H/J/L) in the Level Chinese Multi-Level News Series (Simplified and Traditional)


Complete book list for this week’s update

Everyday language series (Simplified & Traditional) published by Level Chinese has been popular with our students since its launch. The series mainly focuses on basic and practical vocabulary in our students’ daily life.  It makes learning Chinese that much more fun when students can relate learning to their real life.  This week, the new level A and B books covers topics such as clothes shopping, visiting museum and drama class.  Many more topics will be covered in the upcoming weeks!

Complete book list for this week’s update of Everyday Language Series

Brand New Level Chinese Little Backpack Non Fiction Series Level I introduces 8 books (Simplified and Traditional).  These 8 books focus on the 4 great inventions of Ancient China as well as the famous TerraCotta Army etc.


Complete book list for this week’s update of the Little Backpack series


This week, we also continue to add to Level Chinese Literature Series levels U/V/W/X (Simplified & Traditional).  Hope you enjoy reading these interesting stories!

Complete book list for this week’s update of Literature Series

Everyday Language Series Level A/B

Everyday language series published by Level Chinese has been popular with our students since its launch. The series mainly focuses on basic and practical vocabulary in our students’ daily life.  It makes learning Chinese that much more fun when students can relate learning to their real life.  This week, the new level A and B books covers topics such as cooking and pets.  Many more topics will be covered in the upcoming weeks!

Complete book list for this week’s update of Everyday Language Series

Literature Series Level N/O/Q/T

This week, we also continue to add to our literature series.  Hope you enjoy reading these interesting stories!


Complete book list for this week’s update of Literature Series

Brand New Ancient Myth Series

Chinese ancient mythology has been passed down in oral or recorded form for thousands of years.  Chinese mythology includes many varied myths from regional and cultural traditions.  Chinese mythology is encountered in the traditions of various classes of people, geographic regions, historical periods including the present, and from various ethnic groups.  In order to deepen the students’ cognition and understanding of these ancient myths and to experience the unique literary charm of the myths, the Level Chinese content team published the first books in our Ancient Myth Series.

More books added to our Literature Series

The Level Chinese Literature Series is based on works by authors or listed in the prescribed book lists specified by IB and the Chinese National Curriculum standards.  We hope this series can assist teachers to deliver reading instruction while using curriculum content. This week, we release titles in levels MPRS and more books will be launched soon.

Book List for First Release of Level Chinese Ancient Myth Series
 

Book List for this release of Level Chinese Literature Series

Responding to request from teachers, we now support these new search and filter functions.  We hope these new functions will save teacher’s time!!

1. Book title search 

You can enter keywords, partial or complete book title in English or Chinese and search for matching book titles in the system.

     

2. Multi-level and News Filters 

From the beginning of our online library offering, we introduced multi-level (ML) books on popular curriculum topics as well as news articles.  These multi-level resources allows teachers to easily provide the appropriate leveled resources to different students while allowing the whole class to still work on the same topic.  As the number of ML resource grow, this ML filter allows users to easily see all multi-level resources in our system.  We continue to receive feedback that students love reading our news articles.  As the number of our news articles grow, this news filter allows users to easily see all news articles in the system.

Level Chinese writing offering provides clear rubric for 8 levels of Narrative, Opinion and Informative writing.  Along with the rubric, we also provide multiple mentor text sets per level and per text type to support writing instruction.  Our systematic approach gives teachers a clear plan on how to tackle writing instruction.  We have received tremendous feedback from teachers all over the world.  In order to continue to improve our writing offering, we have launched a new set of Mentor Text this week.

This week’s new mentor text focuses on travel. It is written as a personal narrative. The mentor text describes in detail the struggle of climbing the Great Wall.  Each level of mentor text clearly demonstrates each standard in the narrative writing rubric.

In addition to this mentor text, the Level Chinese team will continue to add more writing resources on different topics and text types as well as mini-lessons during the summer.  We hope to provide an even more complete writing offering ready for the start of school in August, 2020.  Stay tuned!

24 New Level PQRST Non fiction Books by FLTRP
This is China: Essential Aspects of Chinese Culture (Simplified & Traditional)

Chinese culture has a long history and its unique charm. Want to know what is the daily culture of China? Take a look at this new book series

“This is China” series introduces Chinese people’s daily life and ways of thinking. It presents readers with contemporary aspects from 24 aspects such as family, clothing, food, customs, traditional symbols, etc.

1. FLTRP Rainbow Dragon (Level D & E Simplified & Traditional)

Rainbow Dragon is a comprehensive series of Chinese teaching and learning resources based on the concepts of module teaching and blended learning.  Colorful illustrations and simple language for K-6 Chinese language students. We have released 51 more books from this series.


The Rainbow dragon family of seven are the main characters of this series of books. There are cute and lovely water dragons and fire dragons, smart and witty dragons, and cool mountain dragons. Come and read their interesting stories!

2. More Level R&T books in Level Chinese Literature Series (Simplified + Traditional)

We added more level R & T books to the LC literature series. Level Chinese carefully selected books from the IB prescribed author and literature list. The topics are not only fun, but also contain life philosophy.

We released the first batch of Mini Lesson Videos by teachers at Shanghai American School a few weeks ago.  In just a short few weeks, there has been 21,000 views.  Total viewing time is 3 days, 14 hours, 2 minutes and 46 seconds.

The teachers at Shanghai American School have prepared another set of Mini Lesson videos.  Please see below for standards covered by these new videos.

Level ABCD Vocab & Speaking/Listening 词汇及听说

  • Level A Vocab for Transportation I 交通工具词汇(I)
  • Level A Vocab for Transportation II 交通工具词汇 (II)
  • Level D Family and Transportaion 家人与交通工具
  • Level D Transportation I 交通工具句子(I)
  • Level D Transportation II 交通工具句子(II)

Level CDEF Reading Standards 阅读标准

  • D.RL.5.2 Understand “what” and “who” and answer such questions 回答问题:什么,谁?
  • D.RL.5.2 Structure of questions : where? 回答问题:哪里哪里
  • E.RL.7.1  With the help of illustrations, identify characters 看图片认字

Level FGHI Reading Standards 阅读标准

  • G.RL.3.2 Viewpoint expressed through dialog 对话传达的观点
  • G.RL.4.3 What is dialog? 什么是对话?

Level JKLM Reading Standards 阅读标准

  • K.RL.4.2/L.RL.4.2 Use Personification to describe seasons (Reading) 用拟人的方法描写季节(阅读)
  • K.W.4.3.11 Use Personification to describe seasons (Writing)  用拟人的方法描写季节(写作)

You can login to https://www.levelchinese.com/mini-lessons-videos/ to watch/share all the Mini Lesson videos.  We will also share selected Mini-Lesson videos with everyone on our WeChat public accounts. Scan the QR code below to follow our WeChat public account: 中文读写insider

Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) Stories of Chinese People’s Lives II & Level Chinese Literature Series

  1. FLTRP Stories of Chinese People’s Lives II Level M/N/O/P/S Simplified & Traditional

Stories of Chinese People’s Lives II published by the Confucius Institute and FLTRP give students a glimpse into the diverse lives of Chinese people of different ages.

2. Level Chinese Literature Series  (Level PQS Simplified & Traditional )

     

Level Chinese recently launched two new series : Chinese literature and Translated literature. Drawing from the prescribed authors list and translated literature guide designated by IB Language A and Chinese National Curriculum standards, we have carefully selected books that can assist teachers and students to go in-depth into Chinese reading.  Level P / Q / S related books were released this week, and more levels will be launched soon. 

Early Look – NEW Reading Foundation Levels UVWX

  • We have always listened to the needs of our teachers.  We want to better fulfill the needs of our Chinese students in China and also the needs of IB DP Language A HL students.
  • After a year of planning and development, we are releasing levels UVWX language and reading comprehension standards, assessments and leveled books based on the standards defined by the Chinese National Curriculum and the IB DP Language A HL exam.
  • Official release of these levels is planned for Sept. 2020.  There will be many more leveled books and assessments.

       

  • Please do contact us with your feedback.

Little Backpack Non Fiction Series – companion to our Fiction Series

Multi-level news articles for Level M, N and R

Little Backpack Series Non Fiction Level G and H (Simplified and Traditional)

Each book in the Little Backpack Non Fiction series is paired with a fiction book in the same series.

In each non fiction book, you will see the related fiction book title.

Teachers and students can use this pair series to teach/learn the difference between fiction and non fiction.

11 Multi-level news articles for Level M, N, R (simplified and traditional)

Mini Lesson videos : Shared by teachers from around the world

As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, the need of online teaching/learning has increased tremendously in a very short amount of time.  We are thrilled that Level Chinese has been a key resource for many teachers and students to support online learning during this challenging time.

In the past weeks, we already shared a number of videos by school leaders on our home page (www.levelchinese.com) showing how teachers and admins integrate Level Chinese standards with all different types of curriculum. We have always provided webinars, example mini-lessons etc. to help teachers integrate our standards with the school’s main curriculum.  Now there’s more…..

A team of teachers from Shanghai American School have created Mini lesson videos (5-7 minutes each) to be shared with their students as part of online learning.  The teachers have generously offered to share these videos with all teachers using Level Chinese so everyone can benefit.

We want to support this spirit of sharing.  We have now created this new area on our website so all teachers can easily contribute and share with the larger community.  Please first login to www.levelchinese.com.  Then you can access as follows.

TEACHERS : PLEASE CONTRIBUTE YOUR MINI-LESSON VIDEOS SO EVERYONE CAN BENEFIT.
Follow the “share” link below to share your mini-lesson videos.  We will update our site once a week with everyone’s contribution.

Once you select the levels and categories, you can see teaching videos shared by other teachers.  You can see how teachers explain a specific standard to students.

You can “Share” the link with students so they can watch on their own time.  You can also click on the shared link and download the video if you would like to add/modify the video.

For Mainland China users, we have hosted these videos on Youku to ensure access.  Please click on one of the two places to access the videos.

You can also share link of video from Youku.

Early Literacy – Character Recognition

We published the Early Literacy Simplified Series a few years ago and teachers have found the series to be an effective way for complete beginners to recognize characters.  As a result, we created the Early Literacy Traditional Series so teachers who teach Traditional script can also enjoy the same benefit.

 

The series consists of 12 books which spread across levels A,B,C and D.  Vocabulary and topics in level A and B books were taken from the curriculum of ten different pilot schools. These 10 schools represent a big range of different curriculum such as: IB, Common Core and different types of textbooks. The series serves as an effective extension to existing curriculum and focuses on the teaching of characters by explaining structure of Chinese characters using context, stories and games.

After students have a solid vocabulary foundation from A and B books, our C and D books can assist in teaching and guide students to read simple sentences composed of vocabulary from A and B books.  The new traditional version this time is not just a simple translation for the simplified version, but has been adjusted in many details and texts, which can better meet the needs of beginners in traditional Chinese.

New Tracking of Student Reading and Quiz Progress

          

With this improved screen, you can easily check student’s progress towards book and quiz assignments as well as student’s free reading and quiz progress.

  • Explanation of fields:

    • The system supports display books and quizzes completion data for the past 90 days, 30 days, 14 days, 7 days and 1 day.

    • Under Books Read ASSIGNED, X/Y means that the teacher assigned a total of Y books to the student, and the student has completed X assignments. In the above example, 2/4 means 4 books were assigned and the student completed 2 books.

    • Under Completed Quizzes ASSIGNED, X/Y means that the teacher assigned a total of Y quizzes to the student, and the student has completed X quizzes. In the above example, 2/4 means 4 quizzes were assigned and the student completed 2 quizzes.

    • Quiz Average shows the average score of all quizzes taken during the duration selected.  If a student takes one quiz multiple times, all the quiz takes will be calculated into this average.

  • We also support “Export Data” so you can export the same information into a spreadsheet and save it locally.

New Books 

8 new Multi-level News Articles : Read about a wide variety of interesting news happening around the world.

Introducing Level A and B books

Everyday Language Level A  Level B
Simplified and Traditional

This is our first time launching books in Level A and Level B.  This Everyday language series of books contain the most frequently used nouns and verbs in everyday life.  This series goes from Level A to D.  Level C and D books in this series build simple sentences from the vocabulary in Level A and B – perfect for beginning learners!

 

 

Our Early Literacy (Simplified) Series (Level A-D) is intended to be used by teachers to teach character recognition through pattern and context.    Traditional series will be introduced shortly.  

Assign multiple books to multiple students in just a few clicks

On the top of each book cover, there is a new check mark for you to select the book.  Once one or more books are selected, then a panel at the bottom of the screen will open up with the Assign button on the right.

If you use filters and the result has 30 books or less, then Select All is offered as a convenience.

 

Finally, clicking Assign takes you to the Create Assignment Screen.  Within Create Assignment, View All shows you all the books you have selected and you can change your selection.  Once you finalize your selection, select students and click “Create Assignment” just like before!

1.20 leveled news articles (Traditional and Simplified) by Level Chinese
We are introducing multi-level news articles (level G,I,K).  Now the same news topic is available across multi-levels so teachers can differentiate and discuss the same topic across the whole class.

2.Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) Rainbow Dragon Series Level C and D books.
This series contains everyday life topics.

3. Higher Education Press iSuper Science Books Level 2 and 3 (Traditional)
24 books (level F-J) topic-based, suited for practical use in the science classroom. Relevant, handpicked topics that students like to talk about most.  Highly educational, acquire Chinese language and gain academic knowledge simultaneously.

4. Higher Education PressYouth Schoolyard Chinese Readings (Traditional)
20 Level K fun and relatable comic book stories describing school lives of young teens.

1.Higher Education Press iSuper Science Books Level 2 and 3 (Simplified)

24 books (level F-J) topic-based, suited for practical use in the science classroom. Relevant, handpicked topics that students like to talk about most.  Highly educational, acquire Chinese language and gain academic knowledge simultaneously.

2. 17 leveled news articles (Traditional and Simplified) by Level Chinese

Keep up with news around the world and learn Chinese at the same time!

3. Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) Reading China 3A and 3B (Traditional)

50 fiction/non-fiction titles spread across level I-K covering interesting everyday stories in China

 

4. Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) Reading China 4A and 4B (Traditional) 

40 fiction/non-fiction titles spread across level J-P covering hot topics and social phenomena in China

1. 13 leveled news articles (Traditional and Simplified) by Level Chinese
Keep up with news around the world and learn Chinese at the same time!

2. Higher Education Press Youth Schoolyard Chinese Readings (Simplified)
20 Level K fun and relatable comic book stories describing school lives of young teens.

3. Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) Reading China Series (Traditional)
Many fiction and non-fiction titles spread across levels F-T provide fun stories with cultural background as well as hot topics and social phenomena in China

Fallen In Love with China 爱上中国(1A)
A Little Horse Cross the River 小马过河(1B)

   

Marvellous Chinese 奇妙的中文2A
Bicycle Kingdom 自行車王國 2B

Panda Diplomacy 熊猫外交5A
China’s “Spring Festival Migration” 中国的春运潮5B

 

  

1. Students can no longer change their first and last name in their user profile and teachers can modify students’ first and last names from Manage functionality.  This new functionality addresses the problem that some students change their names to emoji’s or some unrecognizable name such that teachers can no longer tell the students apart on teacher’s dashboard.

Student’s View

Teacher’s View

2. Access to Books on Activity Page

The book thumbnail on the activity page in Student’s View and also in “Per Student” activity in Teacher’s view now allow access to the actual book and book information.

Student’s View

Teacher’s View

1. Level Chinese Classic Story series (Simplified + Traditional) by author Chen Qi in levels MNO.  This series consists of fun and famous classic stories while sharing Chinese philosophy, values, and culture



2. Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) Reading China 2A and 2B (Simplified)
50 fiction/non-fiction titles spread across levels G-J provides fun stories with cultural background

 

 3. Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) Reading China 3A and 3B (Simplified)
50 fiction/non-fiction titles spread across level I-K covering interesting everyday stories in China

 4. Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) Reading China 4A and 4B (Simplified)
40 fiction/non-fiction titles spread across level J-P covering hot topics and social phenomena in China

5. Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) Stories of Chinese People’s Lives (Traditional)
64 fiction/non-fiction titles spread across level L-T

6.  Higher Education Press Youth Schoolyard Chinese Readings (Simplified)
20 Level K fun and relatable comic book stories describing school lives of young teens.

7. Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) Reading China 1A and 1B (Traditional)
50 fiction titles spread across levels F-I provides fun stories with cultural background

1. 9 news articles in Levels P-T (Traditional and Simplified) by Level Chinese
Keep up with news around the world and learn Chinese at the same time!

 

2.  Higher Education Press Cool Panda 2 (Traditional and Simplified)
20 fiction titles in Level E provides lively content to stimulate student’s curiosity
 


3. 
FLTRP Reading China 1A and 1B (Simplified)
50 fiction titles spread across levels F-I provides fun stories with cultural background
 

4. FLTRP Reading China 5A and 5B (Simplified)
36 fiction/non-fiction titles in level L-T on hot topics and social phenomena in China

Books Coming Soon : 

Other Reading China series will be ready soon as well as all traditional versions

1. Hide Assessment Group from Student’s view

Give teachers the ability to take away the “Assessment Group” box from students’ view.  The “eye” on each assessment group is a toggle to show or hide the “Assessment Group” from students’ view.  This feature does not impact teachers’ view.

One example usage of this feature : when teachers want to assign assessment ahead of testing day and do not want the students to see the assessment released before the testing day.  Teachers can hide the assessment group from students until right before the class period when assessments should be taken.

2. Students’ Quiz results are now shown for leisure reading

Leisure reading means students read books which are not assigned by teachers. Our original design was to show teachers the books students read without worrying about quiz results.  Teachers have requested to see quiz results even when the books and quizzes are not assigned to students. We have updated our software to always show quiz results regardless if it was assigned by teacher or not.

Prior to Software Update, no quiz result for leisure reading entry

Now, quiz result is shown for leisure reading entry

3. Favorites – Coming Next Week

Each book hover now has a “star” on the upper right corner.  The star is a toggle to add/remove the book into your “Favorites”.  This feature is useful when you want to pre-select books to read with students or assign to students as homework.  Now you can put away the pre-selected books as “Favorites” and easily find them in your “Favorites” TAB at a later time.

1. A problem was reported where book and quiz assignments remained on the student’s dashboard even after the student completed the assignment.  The problem has been resolved.  New assignment will no longer be stuck on student’s dashboard.  For currently stuck assignment, students will need to click on the stuck assignments on the dashboard one more time to “Read Book” and/or “Take Quiz” to remove the stuck assignments from the dashboard.

2. Delete Assignment
The “Delete Assignment” function sometimes come up with 0 assignment to delete even though there are assignments selected to be deleted.  This problem has been resolved.

Workshop

Kevin Chang, Director of Chinese Program, CAIS, San Francisco, USA, shared his experience of implementing Level Chinese at CAIS.  He shared best practice of how to use Level Chinese as a tool to inform literacy instruction and the benefits of using Level Chinese.

Product Exhibit and Info Session

We had the opportunity to share product details and in-depth discussion with many teachers from all over Asia.

Our authors, Carol Chen and Victor Bao, with our team in Asia

Workshop at Stamford American International School, Hong Kong

Pearl You

Chinese Articulation Workshop, Beijing, China

In this two part series, leaders from 3 very different schools discussed how data driven culture and thoughtful instructional leadership greatly improved student literacy.

Presenters :
Maquita Alexander, Head of School, Washington Yu Ying PCS
Elizabeth Hardage, Head of School, Daystar Academy
Sue Park, Head of School, Yu Ming Charter School
Pauline Shuen, Founder, Level Chinese
Xinyi Xu, Director of Lower School, Yu Ming Charter School

Power of a Data Driven Literacy System and Thoughtful Instructional Leadership to Improve Student Literacy

In the 1st session, participants learned the details of the Level Chinese system and how it enabled teachers to improve student literacy.  But even with the availability of such system, student literacy would not improve greatly without the support of instructional leaders who created and fostered a data driven culture and defined clear roles and responsibilities.  Participants heard from leaders of three schools on the “blue print” needed to effectively implement the Level Chinese system.

Power of a Data Driven Literacy system and thoughtful Instructional Leadership

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Case Studies : Using Data to Inform Instructional Decisions About Chinese Literacy

In the 2nd session, participants learned how three schools with drastically different student populations, have used the power of big data to monitor and improve student learning. Participants learned how using clear standards, skills focused strategies, formative assessments, and a meaningful reflection cycle can have a huge impact on student learning outcomes. Participants learned the structures these three schools used to explain team members roles and responsibilities for ensuring data is used effectively by the administrators, teachers, students and parents. Participants also learned how the classroom should be set up and what students are doing while the teachers are working with students on the assessments. With the information gained, participants can create an instructional plan for their students that not only uses data to inform instruction, but also helps students understand how to read their own learning data to see improvements in their literacy skills.

Case Study of Data Driven Instruction To improve student literacy

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Recording of Session on May 18, 2018

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