Hello! We are a group of moms (and dads) who are fluent in at least two languages. For many of us, Mandarin is our native tongue so we want to pass our legacy and heritage to our kids, even if we no longer live in a country where Mandarin is the primary-spoken language.
As we started this journey, more and more families reached out to us. Some of them had access to a native Mandarin teacher; most did not. After a year of research, we began designing our own curriculum. We wanted to cover all four tenets of learning Mandarin – speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Yet we wanted it to make it fun. We wanted our learners to LOVE learning Mandarin. For most of them, we are where they begin their lifelong journey of learning this language and it was important that we give them the best first impression possible.
That’s why we planned our lessons using the guidance set out by the internationally acclaimed ACTFL 5C standards for language learning. Their objectives resonated with us – communications, culture, connections, comparisons, and communities. After all, learning a language is not just about acquiring the words; it’s about expanding one’s vision and connecting with the world.
And the ability to open different doors anywhere…. well, that’s our hope for Little Chinese Learners.