Developing Chinese Language Teachers


Rock that Movie

Rock that Movie video competition was started in 2014 by Chinese teachers Bing Qiu of Bronx High School of Science and Xuan Wang, then of Suffern Schools and now of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. They were looking for ways to inspire their students and themselves. The first year, only a few schools participated. In the 2018 competition, more than 10 schools and 150 students submitted more than 30 videos. Participants include students from elementary through high school. 

The theme for Rock that Movie 2017 was Our Friendly Wish to the World.

Rock that Movie 2016 received 26 video entries from schools across the country.

Bayside High School won the Rock that Movie 2015 competition with their video, Time.  

Videos from the 2014 Rock that Movie competition came from 8 schools.

Stories for Teaching Chinese

In summers of 2012-15, the NYU StarTalk Immersion Training Program for Teachers of Chinese (K-6) for pre- and in-service teachers of Chinese welcomed teachers to NYU for training leading to certification in Teaching Chinese (grades K-6). The teachers participated in the graduate-level summer course “Teaching Foreign Language to Elementary School Children” (FLES), which leads to NY state certification extension in foreign language to grades 1-6. Follow-up training sessions concentrated on immersion education.

A series of pattern stories based on culturally important stories from the Chinese-speaking world were developed by participants in the StarTalk project. The stories were professionally illustrated by renowned illustrator Denis Bellocq, narrated, and published in iBook format using Book Creator software.

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Curriculum and Lesson Planning offers a series of online videos of teaching Chinese in action, as well as other languages.

CLASS has many resources for teachers.

Nanduti is a project of the Center for Applied Linguistics, dedicated to Foreign Language Teaching in K-8.

AP Chinese Language and Culture Course Home Page

Chinese Teaching & Learning Tools

I. DIctionaries is a light-weight English to Chinese online dictionary. You can search for words by Chinese, Pinyin, or English definition. Very comprehensive. Search for words by pronunciation, radical, stroke count or English definition. There are also many interesting FAQs about characters on this site.

II. Pinyin

A GREAT site for listening to pinyin and tones.

Chinese Tone Game

Pinyinput: Software on your PC or Mac to type pinyin

III. Chinese Characters

Gridded Paper


Character worksheets

Chinese Input Method Editor

ACCESS (Advanced Chinese Character Electronic Search System)

Correct Stroke Order

Sougou: the most popular and easiest Chinese character input software

Chinese Character Writing Game

Yellow Bridge: Chinese dictionary with animated character stroke order