Curriculum

SFUSD includes immersion under its offerings of language pathways. These pathways, including the dual language immersion pathway, are described here. These notes discuss the Mandarin curriculum in a bit more detail.

Mandarin Curriculum
For Kindergarten and Grade 1, Mandarin language classroom time is 80%. For Grades 2 and 3 it is 70% and for Grades 4 and 5 it is 50%. In middle school, students will have two class periods (out of six) in Mandarin, one focusing on Chinese language and culture and one based on a core curriculum subject (Social Studies). Students learn both the Simplified Chinese character set and the Pinyin romanization (input method).

The Mandarin textbooks for the SFUSD 2012-2013 school year are:

The Better Chinese publisher also sells teacher materials, supplementary products and software through their website and Amazon.com. An excellent dictionary for Chinese learners is the Cheng and Tsui Chinese Character Dictionary.

Core Curriculum
SFUSD uses the Common Core curriculum standard which has been adopted by 45 states including California. For much of the curriculum, especially in the early grades, classroom instruction is in Mandarin while the supporting textbooks are in English. It is a goal of JMEC to have this material translated into Chinese.

The standard textbooks for the SFUSD 2012-2013 school year are: