Utter Fluency

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Unit 1: First Steps in Chinese

Curriculum Level: 1-2

In the first topic the students will meet the main Character, Wiremu, and start learning the basics of Chinese.

Roughly 20 hours (book work only - the other associated activities in the package could easily double the time).

15 Kahoots


Concepts covered include:

• Reading and writing pinyin

• Typing in characters

• Identifying and producing the four tones

• Classroom phrases

• Greetings and introductions

• Chinese New Year story and traditions

• Numbers 0-100

• Talking about someone's age

• Talking about birthdays

• Chinese birthday traditions

• Identifying and listing family members

• Basic character components

• Stating where you live and your nationality
• Writing and recognising the characters: 一,二,三,四,五,六,七,八,九,十,百,岁,月,几,号,爸,妈,哥,姐,弟,妹,口,人,国,住

Unit 2: Animals and the Chinese Zodiac

Curriculum Level: 1-2
Wiremu learns about the Chinese zodiac and starts discussing his pets back home in New Zealand with his new-found friends.
Roughly 15 hours (book work only - the other associated activities in the package could easily double the time).
9 Kahoots

Concepts covered include:
• Rules for tone placement in pinyin
• Names of zodiac animals & common pets
• The Chinese Zodiac story
• Traditions & beliefs around zodiac animals
• Using correct measure words for animals
• Counting animals - the use of 两
• Information about giant pandas
• Yes/No questions - Verb不Verb or 吗
• Adjectives & colours to describe pets
• 他 / 她 / 它
• Listing and describing pets
• Writing and recognising the characters: 牛,羊,鸡,猪,马,鱼,只,匹,两,可,爱,他,她,它,白,红

Unit 3: What is Your Occupation?

Curriculum Level: 3-4

Wiremu learns to describe his family members' jobs and gets curious about what his host family and classmates' families do.

Roughly 20 hours (book work only - the other associated activities in the package could easily double the time).

13 Kahoots


Concepts covered include:

• Revision of numbers and family members
• A Chinese tongue twister
• More Chinese pronouns

• Character radicals and their meanings

• Talking about people's occupations and where they work

• History and details of the Terracotta Army

• Stating what occupations one wants (or does not want) to do
• Presentation project for students to introduce and give details on their family
• Yes/No questions
• Writing and recognising the characters:
我,你,他,她,们,小,中,大,学,生,是,做,什,么,工,作,公,司,饭,馆,校

Unit 4: My Spare Time

Curriculum Level: 3-4
Wiremu has sports try outs at school and learns how to talk about what hobbies he likes so that he can go out with Měilì.
Roughly 20 hours (book work only - the other associated activities in the package could easily double the time).
6 Kahoots

Concepts covered include:

• Names of common sports and hobbies
• Popular sports and hobbies in China
• Traditional Chinese sports
• Researching a Chinese sports person
• Beijing Olympics sporting venues
• 打/踢
• Talking about what sports people play
• 会/不会
• Correct pronunciation of 不
• Talking about likes and dislikes
• 有一点儿,挺,很,非常,最
• Days of the week and times of day
• Telling the time
• Discussing people's schedules
• Writing and recognising the characters: 板,足,网,球,题,打,不,会,喜,欢,上,画,看,书,挺,很,最,早,午,中,下,点,分,半,几

Unit 5: Describing People and Feelings

Curriculum Level: 3-4
Wiremu's friends help him to deal with the sudden death of his grandfather by listening to his descriptions of him.
Roughly 15 hours (book work only - the other associated activities in the package could easily double the time).
10 Kahoots

Concepts covered include:
• Revision of colours
• Parts of the face and body
• Classifiers for body parts
• Adjectives to describe body parts
• Describing people in detail
• Colours in Chinese opera masks
• 有 / 没有
• Researching funeral traditions in Chinese and Maori culture
• Tomb Sweeping Day
• Comparing things using 比, 一样 and 都
• Saying how you feel and why
• Expressing thanks and dealing with compliments with cultural sensitivity
• Writing and recognising the characters:
头,发,毛,子,有,的,大,小,胖,个,只,条,身,体,手,高,长,好,都,这,那,谁,兴,生,气,心,累

Unit 6: Shopping
for Food

Curriculum Level: 3-4
Wiremu learns how to shop for fruit, vegetables and other food in China. He also learns how to haggle.
Roughly 25 hours (book work only - the other associated activities in the package could easily double the time).
11 Kahoots

Concepts covered include:
• Names of fruit and vegetables
• Revision of likes and dislikes
• A range of conjunctions
• Making compound sentences
• Weights and measures
• Expressing what one wants to buy
• Fruits of Asia and the Pacific
• Revision of 有一点儿,挺,很,非常,最
• 还是 / 或者
• Street food and Wangfujing Food Market
• Names of other food items
• Money and expressing prices
• Haggling / bargaining
• Food schedules
• Writing and recognising the characters:市,水,果,西,公斤,克,升,要,买,但,是,菜,请,问,没,吗,只,也,饭,面,包,奶,肉,多,少,钱,元,块,分,共,卖,太,便,宜,贵,晚

Unit 7: Eating Out

Curriculum Level: 3-4
Wiremu's best friend comes to visit Beijing. Wiremu shows her around and tries to smooth the way with Měilì.
Roughly 25 hours (book work only - the other associated activities in the package could easily double the time).
17 Kahoots

Concepts covered include:

• Taking taxis in China
• Etiquette around gift giving
• Coming from A to B
• Revision of describing people and giving details about them
• Phrases for talking on the phone and making phone calls
•  Using today, yesterday, tomorrow etc. to indicate when things happen & make plans
• Researching the Forbidden City
• Making a restaurant reservation
• Objects in the restaurant
• Table manners and dining etiquette
• Chinese dishes and regional cuisine
• Using 过 to indicate things that one has (not) done before
• Drinks, 瓶 / 杯
• Ordering in a restaurant
• Describing how things taste
• Western food
• Designing a menu
• Writing and recognising the characters: 飞, 机, 场, 车, 新, 西, 兰, 从, 来, 到, 北, 京, 打, 电, 话, 今, 昨, 明, 天, 空, 忙, 客, 人, 吃, 喝, 过, 瓶, 杯, 酒, 茶, 和, 饿, 死, 炒, 觉, 得, 没, 女, 男, 朋, 友, 再, 见

Further units coming in the future:

• Daily Routines and School Life

• Getting Around Town

• I Love Shopping!

• Travel and Weather

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