I'd like to start tutoring Mandarin through software I am writing. What are US domestic curriculum standards that I can base my teachings off of, starting at the middle- high-school level?

Please provide links and an explanation for why you selected a particular one. I'm looking for a curriculum example, learning objectives, exercise samples, and evidence of learning examples.

For example, I'm thinking US AP (Advanced Placement) language curriculum would be a good starting point.

If not, should I be using China's HSK?

I'm thinking AP because I'd eventually like to bring on more languages into my software and AP offers many language choices.

  • Any comments on this?
    – user3871
    Oct 27, 2016 at 17:08
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    I think it depends on who are your target customers.
    – EXL
    Oct 29, 2016 at 10:51
  • @emmaxl Ages 14 to 18 male and female students.
    – user3871
    Oct 29, 2016 at 17:00
  • HSK is a graded set of exams, not a curriculum. HanBan provides vocabulary lists for each of the levels, but no information on required grammar etc. You might try sets of course books based on HSK, but I don't know how good they are.
    – Tsundoku
    Dec 29, 2016 at 21:20
  • Why limit yourself to domestic standards? Why not use international ones? The IB curriculum comes to mind. Feb 6, 2017 at 12:05

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I am not familiar with AP Chinese curriculum but I would recommend go by China's HSK.


  1. HSK is designed for non-native speakers and is administered by an agency of Ministry of Education.

  2. If you adapted the HSK, you might lower your cost of authorisation. Even though I don't have the actual number, you could tell from the exam fees.

  3. HSK is harder than AP Chinese. It's not easy to get 'A' in HSK.

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