Virtual Virginia

5810 Chinese I

Field of Study

The Chinese I course helps students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures. Students will learn the four language skills in Mandarin Chinese—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—with an emphasis on the ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Material Covered

Students begin to explore and study the themes of personal and family life, school life, social life, and community life. Content modules cover the following broad topics: 

  • Introduction and Pinyin
  • Greetings
  • Family
  • Dates and Time
  • Hobbies
  • Visiting Friends
  • Making Appointments

Student Expectations

Students will complete a variety of assignments, including vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, and speaking assignments for each module. Students are expected to speak and write Chinese as much as possible. Students are expected to study vocabulary on a daily basis for 30 minutes, and students can expect to work 4–6 hours per week on the course, including work outside the school day.

Related Requirements

  • Students need access to a microphone and a headset in order to complete the listening and speaking activities that are required in the course.  
  • Students need access to a scanner or a camera and be able to upload images to the course website to complete writing assignments. 
  • Internet access outside of school is necessary for most students to complete the work each week. Work at home is allowed and encouraged. If home internet access is not available, libraries or alternate locations are needed for work not completed at school.

Additional Information

The Chinese I course satisfies the graduation requirements for an Advanced Studies diploma.


Course Texts and Materials


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