Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL

HOW DO I BECOME A USER ON THE MANDARIN CENTER?
WHY SHOULD I CONTRIBUTE TO THE MANDARIN CENTER?

SUBMITTING RESOURCES

WHAT KIND OF RESOURCES SHOULD I UPLOAD?
HOW DO I UPLOAD A RESOURCE?

WRITING REVIEWS

HOW DO I REVIEW A RESOURCE ON THE MANDARIN CENTER?
WHAT KIND OF REVIEW ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
I AM NOT AN EXPERT. CAN I STILL WRITE REVIEWS OR POST ON THE FORUMS?

FEEDBACK

DO YOU NEED FEEDBACK? WHY?
WHAT KIND OF FEEDBACK DO YOU NEED?
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY FEEDBACK?

MISCELLANEOUS

I FOUND SOME INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT ON THE SITE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
ONE OF THE RESOURCES IS MISCATEGORIZED. HOW DO I LET YOU KNOW?
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO USE THE ACTFL PROFICIENCY STANDARDS?



GENERAL

HOW DO I BECOME A USER ON THE MANDARIN CENTER?

1) Go to http://www.themandarincenter.org/
2) Find the login section in the left hand column
3) Click the “Create new account” link
4) Fill in your information
5) You are ready to begin!

WHY SHOULD I CONTRIBUTE TO THE MANDARIN CENTER?
We welcome you to join us in achieving our mission of a connected, giving network of educators and community members, preparing the next generation of students to participate in the global economy. By sharing your knowledge, opinions, and experiences, we can work together to strengthen our community. Our goal is to create an environment of reciprocity, where you as a user can volunteer information, and find the stuff you’ll actually use, uploaded by other users.

SUBMITTING RESOURCES

WHAT KIND OF RESOURCES SHOULD I UPLOAD?
The site is designed to accommodate any resource that pertains to Chinese language education. You can upload as many resources as you like.

Text Books and Supplements: Textbooks, workbooks, teacher guides, flashcards, posters, and dictionaries.
Books for Enjoyment: Story books, graphic novels, comics, novels.
Website: Any type of online resource.
Multimedia: CDs, DVDs, Podcasts, Videos, and Audio files.
CD: Tell us about a CD that you use in the classroom.
DVD: Tell us about a DVD that you use in the classroom.
Audio: Embed or link to the audio file of a song or another sound file.
Video: Embed or link to a video hosted on the web.
Podcasts: Enter the URL of the podcast.
Software: Tell us about the software you use in the classroom.
Curriculum Resource: publications, websites, or files relevant to curriculum development.
Lesson Plan: Self-created lesson plans.
Assessment Tool: Books on standardized testing or files on assessment in the classroom.
Advocacy: Resources regarding program startup and community outreach.
Organization: Community organizations, educational organizations, or non-profits.
School: Any type of Chinese language program or credentialing program.
Event: Professional development and networking opportunities, local or national.

HOW DO I UPLOAD A RESOURCE?
Please note that Organizations, Events, and Schools cannot be reviewed.
The items with a * are mandatory
Resource upload forms vary, depending on the category.

1) Click on “Submit a Resource” on the main navigation tab.
2) Choose the main content category under which the resource falls. (if you click on “Multimedia,” you will be redirected to another page, where you can choose the type of multimedia resource you want to submit)
3) *Enter the title.
4) *Tell us if the resource can be found on Amazon.com or not.
a) If the resource can be found on Amazon.com, enter the Amazon ISBN10/ASIN number. If the Amazon ISBN or ASIN number is available, the product image will feed directly from the Amazon website. Click here for more details on where to find the Amazon ISBN10/ASIN number.
b) If the resource cannot be found on Amazon.com, enter the website where the resource can be found (if possible).
c) Upload an image file of the resource, if possible.
5) Enter a short description of the resource. Please leave personal opinions for the “review” section.
6) Select the character type: Traditional, Simplified, Pinyin, or N/A (for resources in English).
8) *Choose the content categories under which the resource falls. Click on the + signs to expand the selection.
9) Choose the program type that the resource would be best suited for.
10) *Choose the ACTFL proficiency level that best applies. Click here for more information on ACTFL proficiency levels.
11) *Choose the development level of the target user for the resource.
12) *Click “Submit.”

Special Instructions:
For Textbooks and Supplements: Choose the type of material that you are uploading in the “Textbooks and Supplements Type” field (check all applicable).
For Audio: You must have permission to post an audio file from the creator/author/distributor of the file. To upload, click “Browse” and choose the file stored on your computer.
For Video: If your video is already hosted on the web at a video sharing site like YouTube or Google Video, choose “Video Sharing Site,” and copy and paste the embed code into the “Internet Video” field. If your video can be found elsewhere on the web, choose “Video on Demand Service,” and paste the URL into the “Weblink/URL” field. You can also upload a graphic for the video.
For Curriculum Resource: Choose the type of curriculum resource you are uploading in the “Curriculum Resource” field (Check all applicable).
For Advocacy: Choose the type of advocacy resource you are uploading in the “Curriculum Resource” field (Check all applicable).

WRITING REVIEWS

HOW DO I REVIEW A RESOURCE ON THE MANDARIN CENTER?
1) Search for the material on our website using the keyword search at the top of the page, or the faceted search on the “Browse Resources” page.
2) Click on the title of the resource, which will direct you to the resource page.
3) Scroll down to the “Post new Review” section.
4) Click on the number of stars you think the resource deserves, out of five, starting from the left.
5) Type your review.
6) Click “Save.”

WHAT KIND OF REVIEW ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
Please remember that reviews can be written in English OR Chinese.
A review should be an honest account of how you feel about a resource. It can be as long or as short as you like, but on average, reviews are 5-10 sentences long. Instead of thinking about what OTHER users would like to hear, think about what kind of information you would want to see if you were a visitor on this site. What kind of information is useful to YOU?

If you are having trouble getting started, here are some questions for you to consider:

1) Do you like this resource?
2) Why/why not?
3) What kind of classroom did you use this in?
4) In what context did you use this resource?
5) Did you use it in conjunction with another resource?
6) What sets this resource apart from the rest? What makes it special? Or, what makes it NOT special?
7) How did you come across this resource?
8) What special adjustments did you need to make to tailor this resource for your classroom?
9) Is there anything you wished you knew about this resource before you bought it/used it?

I AM NOT AN EXPERT. CAN I STILL WRITE REVIEWS OR POST ON THE FORUMS?
Absolutely! Our philosophy is that everyone’s opinion and experience is welcome, and everyone has something to contribute. Whether you have been teaching for 20 years, or 2 years, or aren’t a teacher at all, we want to hear what you have to say. All we ask is that you speak honestly, and try to give constructive comments.

FEEDBACK

DO YOU NEED FEEDBACK? WHY?
Yes. The Mandarin Center is constantly evolving, and we want to make sure that it continues to improve to give our users the best possible experience. Our goal is to make this website your top resource, a place you can find the stuff you’ll actually use.

WHAT KIND OF FEEDBACK DO YOU NEED?
We are looking for constructive criticism on ALL aspects of the website. Remember, we want to make this site as helpful and easy to use as possible. Here is a series of questions to get you started:

1) Do all the links work?
2) Are all the translations correct?
3) Did you have trouble uploading a material? What happened exactly, so we can fix it?
4) Did you have trouble submitting a review? What happened exactly, so we can fix it?
5) What did you think about the material categories? Do you feel like the categories were accurate and comprehensive?
6) Did you see anything that didn’t make any sense?
7) Did you see anything that you really didn’t like?
8) What features did you really enjoy?
9) Do you think this website has any great weaknesses?

HOW DO I SUBMIT MY FEEDBACK?
Click the “Contact Us” link, found at the bottom of each page. You can write your comments in the form, then click “submit.” A site administrator will receive the feedback, and our team will do our best to implement to improvements you suggest.

MISCELLANEOUS

I FOUND SOME INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT ON THE SITE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
On each material page, you will find a series of links underneath the description area. One of them is “Report Offensive Content”. Please click on this link, and a report will be sent to a site administrator who will assess the material.

ONE OF THE RESOURCES IS MISCATEGORIZED. HOW DO I LET YOU KNOW?
On each material page, you will find a series of links underneath the description area. One of them is “Flag as Miscategorized”. Please click on this link, and a report will be sent to an administrator who will assess the material.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO USE THE ACTFL PROFICIENCY STANDARDS?
In the early stages of planning the site, we did an extensive market research campaign, comprising of surveys and one-on-one interviews with representatives from our major user groups. Included were school administrators and teachers, individuals from different level programs, Pre-K to 12, and individuals from different program model types. When we asked what type of proficiency standards we should use, the overwhelming majority of people chose the ACTFL proficiency standards. Please click here for the reading standards, reproduced on our website, or visit the ACTFL website to read more about their writing and speaking standards.