Author Archive | Em Casalena

7 Awesome Tips for Teaching Basic Chinese Phrases


Knowing basic Chinese phrases isn’t just a necessity for Mandarin learners. It can also be a literal lifesaver.

Maybe we’re being a bit dramatic here, but think of it this way. Many of your students probably plan on traveling to …

10 Ways to Kickstart Your Career Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language


Are you a brand new Mandarin language teacher or tutor?

First off, good for you! You’ve chosen to give the gift of a new language to students who could vitally use it for career and school opportunities. Mandarin is the

8 Free Chinese Teaching Resources for Taking Your Students to the Next Level


It’s okay to admit that after a while, your classroom can get a bit dry.

The day-in, day-out almost boring routine of learning a language may seem inevitable. Doesn’t there need to be consistency and stability involved in a Chinese …

10 Awesome Resources for Chinese Worksheets


Being a Chinese teacher can be a bit rough, especially when you hit that dreaded mid-semester funk.

The students are getting a little overwhelmed with the subject matter. You’re tired because you are a fiercely dedicated (and overworked) …

The 10 Best Mandarin Teaching Resources for Taking Your Class From Drab to Incredible


Teaching Mandarin is a very particular mix of thrilling, rewarding and downright difficult.

If you’re teaching this language to people who aren’t used to tonal languages or the Chinese writing system, it can be hard helping learners get over the …

8 Chinese New Year Printable Resources to Kick off the Year of the Pig


It’s not easy being a teacher, is it?

This rings especially true as a Chinese language instructor, where challenges like tone and the complex writing system make teaching even more complicated.

You’re responsible for so much! Making sure your students …