Montessori Mandarin (MM) is a education system that supports the children (0-8 years) to learn Mandarin in Montessori ways. It encourages non-Chinese young students to learn Mandarin and improve their Mandarin language proficiency. It includes the Toddler Mandarin (TM) Level 1-3 for 0 to 3 years old children and Montessori Mandarin (MM) Level 1--4 for 3 to 8 years old children:
TM® Curriculum (Level 1--3 ), TM® Didactic Materials, TM® Chinese Phonics, and TM® Teacher Training
MM® Curriculum (Level 1--4 ), MM® Didactic Materials, MM® Chinese Phonics, and MM® Teacher Training.
It helps to assesses non-Chinese young students' abilities to use Mandarin in their daily and academic lives. The different levels of the TM/MM are similar to to some of the levels in the Youth Chinese Test (YCT) and the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK); details are as follows:
*The Youth Chinese Test (YCT) is an international standardized Chinese language test which is directed at examining non-native primary and secondary school students' ability to apply Mandarin language in their studies and daily lives.
**The Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) is an international standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Mandarin language in their daily, academic and professional lives.
***The students with Montessori Mandarin Level 4 have the equal Mandarin language proficiency level as Year 1 students in primary school in China.