Chinese (中文)

  • Chinese I
    In this course the student will develop basic skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. At this level, emphasis is on building a strong vocabulary base and the introduction of grammar and structure. Cultural aspects are presented through videos, reading, and class presentations. Students will also connect to other academic subjects, such as math, science, and language arts using their knowledge of Chinese to access new information.
  • Chinese III*, IV*, V*
    These are introductory courses to the Mandarin dialect of Chinese, the national language of both the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan. Emphasis is placed on spoken Mandarin and on using the Pinyin system of Romanization. Both traditional and simplified characters are also studied. Chinese II, III*, IV*, V* and VI* continue to emphasize and refine those skills learned in Chinese I.

    *weighted class
  • Chinese II
    In this course a constant review of the skills acquired in Chinese I is maintained. New vocabulary and grammatical structures are added widening the areas of comprehension. Students will continue to develop the fourth skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as developing more cultural awareness. Students will also connect to other academic subjects such as math, science, and language arts using their knowledge of Chinese to access new information.

*Chinese IBSL I, II
The goal of these courses is to be able to understand and converse in Chinese. Chinese I and II should demonstrate a mastery of Pin Yin. Chinese III, IV, and V should develop a working knowledge of Chinese characters. Chinese IV and V will consist of a rigorous preparation for the IBSL test. Reading characters is an imperative for the IB test. Each semester all classes will be required to read a non-fiction or historical fiction novel in which the story takes place in China. Students are required to produce a 20 minute video project in Chinese. Levels III and above will also have four IB oral speeches during the school year. The class will be taught using Total Physical Response Story-telling. These courses are for the highly motivated student who wishes to participate in the International Baccalaureate program. Students may earn college credit for successful scoring on the International Baccalaureate Examination.
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