A great, free resource to help kids learn and practice Chinese is available this summer — perfect for immersion students.
The website features online Chinese learning study materials for first grade through fourth grade, and is made free to the public by the Utah Chinese Dual Language Immersion STARTALK 2013 Summer website. Shout out to miparentscouncil.org for helping spread the word.
The site features “authentic Chinese literature,” which consists of specially selected Chinese stories that are used to teach kids in China. As children read and investigate the stories, they will concurrently enhance their Chinese reading skills and improve their Chinese cultural understanding.
Open to anyone to use for free, the site is aimed at students who have spent anywhere from one to four years in Chinese immersion classes.
According to the site, there’s a lot more than merely reading drills:
WHAT WILL YOU FIND?
STORYTELLING – Watch videos of our Chinese Dual Language immersion teachers tell the stories.
READ ALONG – Students can test their reading ability by looking at the text from the story and try it on their own OR they can use the audio helps and have the story read to them, line by line. This is a great practice tool that will help students learn to read and practice their tones.
PRINT BOOK – Print out copies of the stories for students to read and color. Create activities with the printouts by “whiting out” characters that can be filled in as a writing practice.
ENGLISH TRANSLATION FOR PARENTS – Need help understanding the stories? Use these translations to help you discuss the stories with your Chinese immersion student.
ONLINE ACTIVITIES – This is the most interactive and dynamic page of the website. Thanks to Quizlet.com, we have created a series of learning tools designed for each story and the characters students should focus on learning.
PRINTABLE ACTIVITIES – Mostly for writing practice, this page provides printable writing activities for the focus characters. A few of the stories include printable assessment pages.
Major kudos to the Utah Dual Language Immersion Program and STARTALK for providing such a robust free resource for everyone to use!