This class is an introduction to the basic Mandarin language within the context of Chinese culture, with an emphasis on overall communication proficiency, including reading and some writing. Students will practice specific themes/topics balancing listening, speaking and reading skills through authentic situations in the target language. Students will learn “Pin-Yin”(Phonetic symbols), tones and other basic concepts of Chinese characters.
The objective of this class is to foster intermediate level communication with native Chinese speakers and a heightened level of appreciation of Chinese cultures. The students will continue learning specific but amplified themes/topics balancing speaking, listening and reading through contextualized conversation and text.
Students will start fine-tuning their previously acquired intercultural awareness and language skills through more specific themes involving specific vocabulary, literature and grammar. They will demonstrate their proficiency by involving themselves in situations where Chinese is the medium of communication.
Level I, Level II
Introduction—tones, phonetic symbols, pronunciation, the origin and configuration of characters
Things related with numbers—number one to one thousand, dates, time, age, grade, phone number
Self-Introduction—name, age, birthday, grade, school
Family—terms of family members, cultural content on Chinese family value
School—school subjects, daily schedule, about school work (homework, tests)
Describe a Person—physical traits, personality
Level III, Level IV
My House—places in the house
Hobby, Entertainment—activities, hobby, reasons for enjoying what you do
Shopping—price, payment,key items you will buy, bargain
Goals and Objectives
Level I-Novice Low
Students will be able to communicate information on a limited variety
of aspects within common/everyday topics. Given adequate time and
familiar cues, they will be able to exchange greetings, introduce themselves
andgive information about school subjects. Students will be able to recognize
a limited number of characters. They will be able to identify a number of
high-frequency words, phrases and short sentences.
Level II-Novice High
Students will be able to manage a number of uncomplicated communicative
tasks in straightforward social situations. They may respond to simple, direct
questions or requests for information within familiar topics. Students will be
able to understand key words and cognates as well as formulaic phrases
across a range of highly contextualized texts.
Level III-Intermediate Low
Students will be able to communicate to native Chinese speakers with
relatively ease on familiar topics using proper syntax. These topics relate to
the daily activities, personal preferences, ordering food and asking direction.
A 3-ring binder-- We have a lot of worksheets and materials on paper. It is very important to keep the paper hole punched and organized.
College ruled paper-- There are note-taking in class.
Index card- Students will need them to make flash card to review vocabulary.
Pencils and eraser-- Students need to bring pencils to class for note-taking.
Respect each other
Bring class materials
Have homework ready before class
Participate in-class activities
Unit Test: 15%
Oral Test: 15%
Homework: All homework must be completed by the beginning of the due date.
Make-up Work: When you are absent, it is your responsibility to make-up the work you missed. It is important to check with the teacher for what you’ve missed. If it is a pre-arranged absence, you need to talk to me and setup a date for make-up.
Retakes: If you didn’t do well on a test, you can retake it only once. And you need to schedule with the teacher for the retake date.