Beginner Chinese Language Lesson Plan for Kindergarten Students

Topic: Beginner Chinese language

Objectives & Outcomes:

  • By the end of this lesson, students will be able to vocally communicate basic questions and responses regarding their favorite foods.


  • Pictures of various types of food (such as fruit, vegetables, meats, and desserts)
  • Chinese language flashcards with the corresponding English translations (one for each type of food)
  • Chinese language practice worksheets (pre-made or customized)


  • Review basic Chinese pronunciation with the students. Use the flashcards to show the students the characters for each food, and have them repeat after you.

Start with simple characters and phrases, such as "hello," "goodbye," and "thank you."

  • Next, have the students act out a simple "food conversation" with you, using the flashcards to act out the various foods. For example, you could say "apple" and have one of the students act out the response "apple, please."

Direct Instruction

  • Introduce the Chinese characters for the food items on the flashcards.
  • Have the students repeat after you as you write the characters on the board.
  • Practice the basic phrases and sentence structure using the food items as examples. For example, you could say "Hello, my name is ________. What is your name?" using the names of the different food items as the fill-in-the-blank.

Guided Practice

  • Have the students work in pairs and take turns asking and answering the basic questions using the food items as examples.
  • Encourage the students to use the Chinese characters and basic phrases they learned.

Independent Practice

  • Have the students create their own booklet with illustrations of different food items.
  • Have them write the Chinese character and the English name of each food item in their booklet.
  • Have the students practice asking and answering basic questions using their booklet.


  • Review the different foods that were introduced in the lesson.
  • Have the students share something they learned about Chinese language and culture.


  • Observe the students during the guided and independent practice activities to assess their understanding of the Chinese words and phrases.
  • Collect and review the students' drawings and written sentences to assess their ability to -communicate in Chinese.

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