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Chinese Language for Primary Schools

Huanle Huoban (Happy Pals) for Grade 1-5

This new series is pedagogically-sound and the game-changer your school needs.

Infusing context from everyday life, this new series enables students to learn Chinese in a conducive and relatable environment. Using an innovative and comprehensive suite of educational materials, teachers can build students’ interest and help scaffold the development of the four essential language skills through ample practices and activities:

Listening            Speaking            Reading            Writing

Happy Pals is specifically designed for English speaking students who are learning Chinese as a second language and Immersion Programs. Since 2015, this series has been implemented in all of Singapore’s schools and widely adopted by institutions worldwide.  The Huanle Huoban (Happy Pals) series embodies innovative teaching of the highest quality for second language acquisition. At Marshall Cavendish Education, we truly believe that this series nurtures students to learn Chinese in a fun and natural learning environment, develop life-long skills and be strong, confident learners.


Thematic Learning, Scaffolded Approach Promotes Greater Success

Happy Pals adopts a thematic learning approach, with lessons structured around relatable themes (e.g. personal, family and school life) to improve      students’ language proficiency and cultivate them to be strategic language learners. Vocabulary and reading passages selected for each chapter are closely aligned to the themes, ensuring students can expand their vocabulary knowledge more effectively and foster strong connections to real-world situations.

Happy Pals uses an approach that scaffolds learning in a step-by-step manner, emphasizing the development of the four essential language skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Each section in the lesson revolves around the same theme and are all closely related to one another.

Each lesson in our Textbook consists of the following components:

Oracy Theatre focuses on developing students’ oral communication skills and vocabulary. *Pinyin Castle teaches students the Hanyu Pinyin (Chinese phonics) of some of the vocabulary words they learned in Oracy Theatre.

★ Literacy Playground focuses on reading, writing and more importantly, the recognition of Chinese characters. In this section, students proceed to learn the form of the Chinese characters and pick up reading skills.

To develop students’ reading skills, each lesson provides three reading modules that progress to increasing levels of difficulty: Introduction (强化), Core (核心) and Enrichment (深广). This is essential for teachers who wish to engage in differentiated instruction in classroom teaching to cater to their students with varying learning abilities.

Activity Book

Students consolidate learning with practices written based on the learning objectives.

Writing Exercise Book (1-3)

The Writing Exercise Book allows students to practice writing the characters learned in lessons in the correct stroke order.

Big Books

Our oversize Big Books are used for teaching, listening and speaking skills.

Small Readers

With small readers, students are able to extend their independent learning.


The Teaching Toolkit includes a PDF Teachers Guide and Digital Resources with video lessons.

Conforms to ACTFL 5Cs Goal Areas


This series aims to develop students’ abilities to communicate effectively, emphasizing on listening and speaking skills. In each lesson, students build their listening skills through animated stories and songs presented in ‘Oracy Theatre’, which is supplemented by thematic maps that illustrate the scenario. This allows students to learn vocabulary and sentence patterns in context while providing them with ample opportunities to practice interacting and communicating in Chinese.

Cultures & Comparisons

Happy Pals introduces learners to Chinese literature, important characters of the Chinese culture, traditions and festivities through real-life contexts. As students compare and acknowledge cultural differences, it shapes their worldview and encourages them to appreciate the uniqueness between different cultures.

Connections & Communities

With Happy Pals, students are actively encouraged to make connections and expand their knowledge of other disciplines while using the language. Themes related to geographical, historical and scientific content are also explored within the series. At the end of each chapter, the ‘Real-Life Application’ section focuses on activities and tasks for students to apply what they have learned to real-world situations and encourages the exchange of ideas with the family and friends.

Boosts Students’ Confidence in International Curriculum and Benchmarks 

Offering world-class print and digital resources, Happy Pals is available for grades 1-6. In each level, students learn to recognize about 300 Chinese characters and write 200 Chinese characters. These words are mainly selected from the frequently-used characters, which are commonly found in newspapers, magazines and children’s publications. At the end of the series, students will be equipped with the knowledge of around 1800 Chinese characters, meeting international benchmarks HSK Level 4 and comparable to ACTFL Guidelines Advanced Low Level and IB Chinese B Standard Level. This further propels students to be confident and eloquent Chinese learners.

Teacher Resource Package

The teacher resource package includes a Teacher’s Guide (PDF), and access to comprehensive digital resources complementing the print textbook.

Comprehensive Tools to Develop Your Digital Classroom

Happy Pals includes a dedicated digital resource portal developed by the Ministry of Education Singapore, which plays a crucial role in pupils’ language learning. Corresponding to the main sections of the print books (Oracy Theatre, Pinyin Castle and Literacy Playground), the rich audio-visual resources can be used during classroom teaching to enhance students learning experience. Digital tools targeted at listening, speaking, reading and writing skills enable students to conduct self-directed learning and consolidate their understanding after class.