CAL Resources

Resources for Chinese Teaching and Learning


Pinyin Practice

Interactive online pinyin exercise, includes tests on initials, finals and tones. Please click on tabs at the top of the page for free practice.

Quick Mandarin

Provides interactive pinyin games such as tic-tac-toe, lightening quiz, etc. Please click on tabs on the left for links to games.

Chinese Pronunciation Tool

Translates characters into pinyin.


UBC CJK Dictionary

Multimedia online dictionary for Chinese, Korean and Japanese. This website provides character animation, sample sentences, and self-study tools.


Yellow Bridge

Provides online flashcards and vocabulary games designed for popular Chinese textbooks.


Conversational Mandarin Chinese Online

Online materials for learning Chinese conversation. It includes 15 units with patterns and practice drills.

Chinese Multimedia

Multimedia learning materials including 22 lessons, vocabulary and exercises. Video clips accompany the texts. Vocabulary, character lists are available. Supplementary materials for elementary-intermediate learners who have already learned Chinese for at least 3 months.

Working with Spoken Chinese

Developed by CALPER, offers online units that focus on conversational features of spoken Chinese, suits advanced learners of Chinese.


Chinese Story Platform

This websites has a good collection of Chinese stories, news, and articles from all over the world. The reading materials are categorized and reformatted according to their level of grammar and vocabulary, all according to the HSK standard. It also offers vocabulary glossary and audio narrative files.


U.S.-funded Web site developed by the University of Maryland National Foreign Language Center. It helps teach high school students to read Chinese and to provide essential classroom support for teachers.

Chinese Language Curriculums & Programs; Teacher Development

Chinese Provincial and Territorial Curriculum Guides

This website provides Chinese curriculum guides for Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

B.C. Additional Languages Curriculum Final Draft 2010

Final draft of the B.C. Additional Languages Curriculum, which contains prescribed learning outcomes, suggested instructional & assessment strategies, resource lists.

Chinese Language Education in Australian Schools 2008

Report on the Chinese language education program in Australian schools in 2008. Prepared by Dr. Jane Orton.


National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC), contains resources on Chinese curriculum development from 2006-2010 in the U.S.

ACTFL K-12 Performance Guidelines

Developed by American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, contains resources for the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction throughout the U.S.

NFLC Guide for Basic Chinese Language Programs

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, aims to assist the creation of new Chinese Language Programs.

Languages and children : making the match

Authored by Helena Curtain and Carol Dahlberg, this book focuses on communicative language teaching and provides a wealth of strategies and activities ready to use in the K-8 foreign language classroom.

General Resources

Confucius Institute Online

Its resource centre contains material designed for Chinese learners of different age and proficiency levels.


Information on teaching and learning Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. This website provides information on implementing programs as well as to share resources on curriculum design, instructional materials, assessment tools, and useful links.

Better Chinese

K-12 Chinese learning material, including Podcasts and games.


Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools website, contains resources and links for elementary and secondary school teachers.

Chinese Language Initiatives

Chinese Language Initiatives from Asia Society, which supports and networks Chinese language and culture programs in American schools. This site contains resources for both Chinese educators and school administrators.

Teaching Approaches

This website contains presentations given by various scholars on SLA.

Local Communities

VSB Early Mandarin Bilingual Program

Vancouver School Board’s website for information on the Early Mandarin Bilingual Program

Mandarin for B.C. Schools

A blog established by parents in the Lower Mainland who have been working independently with the School Boards in Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, Tri-Cities and Richmond to bring early Mandarin language learning at the elementary school level.

B.C. Additional Languages Curriculum Final Draft 2010

Final draft of the B.C. Additional Languages Curriculum, which contains prescribed learning outcomes, suggested instructional & assessment strategies, resource lists.

Conferences Related to Chinese Language Education/Learning/Research

June 8-10, 2012, San Francisco

The 24th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics

August 17-19, 2012, Taipei

The 2nd International Conference on Chinese as a Second Language Research

July 16-17, 2012, Taipei

International Conference on Chinese for Specific Purposes and Teaching Chinese Culture

April 20-21, 2012, Iowa

3rd International Symposium on Chinese Applied Linguistics