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Chinese Track

Chinesischer Zweig 中文部

The GIS Chinese track incorporates select proven Chinese-based methods with the renowned whole-child approach of the International Baccalaureate program to offer a truly immersive and well-rounded education for age 2 through grade 5 (middle school coming in Fall 2023).

Truly immersive education

Students spend most of their day hearing, speaking, reading, and writing in Chinese in most subjects, including in art for grade school and in music for early learning. Teachers and assistants in language-based classes, including math, are native or near-native Chinese speakers. You can read our teacher bios and educational backgrounds here.

As an international, language-immersion school, GIS families are a multicultural, diverse community and students experience cross-cultural learning throughout the year with holiday celebrations, special events, combined track activities, and more.

GIS is an IB PYP World School, so teachers actively resource and customize, in Chinese, lessons and curriculum that align with the IB themes of the year, cross-referenced with Common Core Standards, Chinese national curriculum standards, and ACTFL standards. Instruction is differentiated for students in each grade level. 

More on the curriculum and sources used

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We reference China National Curriculum Standards and ACTFL standards. 

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Big Workbook for Little Hands, individually resourced materials and teacher created resources that align with IB themes 

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Big Workbook for Little Hands, Level Learning Early Literacy Resources (ACTFL Novice Low-Mid), individually resourced materials and teacher created resources that align with IB themes.

Math resources include math textbook for Kindergarten students for Mainland China, Singapore Math in Chinese workbooks.

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Level Learning Early Literacy, Levels C-E (ACTFL Novice Low-High), individually resourced materials and teacher created resources that align with IB themes, selected texts and exercises from the Grade 1 People’s Education Press Chinese Language Arts textbook.

Math:
We follow the Chinese National Curriculum, People's Education Press Math textbook. Also:
Workbooks that align with the above textbooks published in China
Khan Academy Math (Chinese language version)
IXL.com Math exercises

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Level Learning Levels D-G (ACTFL Novice Mid-Intermediate Low), individually resourced materials and teacher created resources that align with IB themes, selected texts and exercises from the Grade 2 People’s Education Press Chinese Language Arts textbook.

Math:
We follow the Chinese National Curriculum, People's Education Press Math textbook. Also:
Workbooks that align with the above textbooks published in China
Khan Academy Math (Chinese language version)
IXL.com Math exercises

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Level Learning Levels F-J (ACTFL Novice High-Intermediate Low), individually resourced materials and teacher created resources that align with IB themes, selected texts and exercises from the Grade 3 People’s Education Press Chinese Language Arts textbook.

Math:
We follow the Chinese National Curriculum, People's Education Press Math textbook. Also:
Workbooks that align with the above textbooks published in China
Khan Academy Math (Chinese language version)
IXL.com Math exercises

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Level Learning Levels G-J (ACTFL Intermediate Low-Intermediate Mid), individually resourced materials and teacher created resources that align with IB themes, selected texts and exercises from the Grade 4 People’s Education Press Chinese Language Arts textbook.

Math:
We follow the Chinese National Curriculum, People's Education Press Math textbook. Also:
Workbooks that align with the above textbooks published in China
Khan Academy Math (Chinese language version)
IXL.com Math exercises

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Level Learning Levels K-O (ACTFL Intermediate Mid-Intermediate High), individually resourced materials and teacher created resources that align with IB themes, selected texts and exercises from the Grade 5 People’s Education Press Chinese Language Arts textbook.

Math:
We follow the Chinese National Curriculum, People's Education Press Math textbook. Also:
Workbooks that align with the above textbooks published in China
Khan Academy Math (Chinese language version)
IXL.com Math exercises

GIS Chinese Track in the News!

For more information on the origin of the Chinese Track at GIS, see this link from the Mandarin Immersion Parents' Council blog: https://miparentscouncil.org/2021/09/16/how-a-portland-area-mandarin-immersion-school-almost-closed-but-was-reborn-with-a-german-accent/

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