Ohio’s K-4 Content-Related Mandarin Curriculum was funded through a U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) grant with matching funds from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

The goals for the K-4 Content-Enriched Mandarin Curriculum Project are:

  1. To develop an age-appropriate Chinese language program that reinforces content and skills from the regular curriculum and spirals vocabulary, sentence patterns and cultural content so that all children can be successful learning Chinese;
  2. To build the capacity of teachers to use the curriculum and to adapt it for their particular teaching settings through Web-based professional development modules;
  3. To pilot the curriculum in 10 Ohio sites to garner feedback to revise the curriculum for wider distribution; and
  4. To establish a network of elementary Chinese language teachers to support professional growth and the exchange of ideas.

All of the units “begin with the end in mind.” The unit assessments allow students to demonstrate what they know and can do in Chinese in relation to unit performance outcomes. Scoring guidelines accompany each task. There are approximately 9-12 units posted for each grade level. The program was developed for a program that offers Mandarin instruction 30 minutes a lesson, three times a week.

To view the curriculum units and teacher professional development modules, visit:


To view how the Ohio Curriculum is being adapted for us in Seattle Public Schools Elementary Chinese programs, visit: