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Better Chinese Teacher – First Six Weeks of School

August 27 2014


As the old saying goes:“ Well begun is half done. ” All great teachers always try to find a way to start their year strong. One useful tool many schools have adopted is called the Responsive Classroom. The goal of the Responsive Classroom is to help students grow both socially and academically and it believes that the first six weeks of school help lay a solid foundation for a safe and positive classroom environment. Here’s a quick summary of each weekly goal.  

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Storybook Club: Mom, let’s buy some mung beans! (妈妈,买绿豆!)

August 25 2014


Is Curious George a little bit challenging for you? Come and check out this week’s story: Mom, let’s buy some mung beans! (Chinese version).
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Pursuing Bilingualism: Immersion vs. Non-Immersion

August 21 2014

Many people believe that learning another language generates opportunities for successful cross-cultural communication and better employment. In the United States, additional language instruction is considered essential for students to be globally prepared. Chinese, as a language spoken by the world’s largest emerging economy, has been gaining popularity in the U.S.  A report by the Mandarin Immersion Parents Council revealed that by November 2013, 147 U.S. schools were offering Mandarin immersion programs to K-12 students. Learning Chinese has become a nationwide trend in the U.S.

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Storybook Club: 好奇的乔治—去海边 (Curious George Goes to the Beach)

August 18 2014

Story of the week: Curious George

DaDa! Welcome to our second blog post for the story of the week! This week’s story is Curious George – Goes to the Beach (Chinese version).

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Better Chinese Teacher – How to become a Chinese teacher in the U.S.?

August 14 2014

In order to teach Chinese in elementary and secondary public schools in the U.S., teachers must be certified by their State. Unlike China where Teaching Certification is regulated by the Ministry of Education and recognized nationwide. In the U.S., procedures for certification vary by state and are usually regulated by the state Department of Education. So what are the general steps to become a Chinese teacher in the U.S.?

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Homeschool Chinese: Art & Living History

August 12 2014

As it was the Year of the Horse (my daughter’s zodiac), we returned to San Francisco for the annual Chinese New Year Parade.  This time, we were accompanied by friends and we chose to visit the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum (CHSA).  Founded in 1963, CHSA is the oldest and largest organization in the country dedicated to the documentation, study, and presentation of Chinese American history. Through exhibitions, publications, education, and public programming, CHSA promotes the contributions and legacy of Chinese in America.

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Storybook Club: 棕色的熊、棕色的熊,你在看什么?

August 8 2014


At Better Chinese, our company tagline is “Learning Chinese Through Stories” because we LOVE books! Two years ago, we started carrying a select number of storybooks. Due to all the positive response, we are kicking off our Chinese Storybook Club focused on Children’s Storybooks in Chinese. Each Wednesday, we will feature a Story of the Week from China or an award-winning work translated into Chinese from various parts of the world spanning from the United States all the way to Europe.

Each post will include a read along audio version as well as a video for parents who haven’t mastered their four tones. We also have a handy pinyin guide in case you want to practice reading all those Chinese characters. Drumroll please…..

Today, we bring you Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See (Chinese version).
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Idiom of the Month: 如鱼得水(rú yú dé shuǐ)

August 7 2014

Chinese idiom ru yu de shui

How is everyone’s summer so far? I hope you are having a relaxing time.

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Becoming a Great Chinese Teacher: How to Improve Your Teaching Practices

August 6 2014


Reflection and cooperation are important qualities that enable teachers to identify their problems of teaching and improving their teaching practices in the classroom. As a Chinese teacher, whether novice or experienced, how do you identify and unearth problems in your own teaching? What strategies did you use to improve your practices and become a best-practices language educator in the classroom?

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Chinese Curriculum Design: Live and Learn – 学无止境

July 31 2014


As more and more Chinese teachers become homeroom teachers, our responsibility has shifted from just teaching the language to cultivating a well-rounded student in a second language. As a result, what kind of challenges do we teachers face in curriculum design? How do we overcome them?

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