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.
Students begin to explore and study the themes of Personal and Family Life, School Life, Social Life, and Community Life. Module I: Pinyin; Module II: Greetings; Module III: Family; Module IV: Dates and Time; Module V: Pets, Colors and Body Parts; Module VI: Festivals and Weather; Module VII: Hobbies; Module VIII: Visiting Friends.
Students will complete a variety of assignments including vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking 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 10-15 minutes, and students can expect to work 4-6 hours per week on the course including work outside the school day.
- Students need access to a microphone and a headset in order to complete required listening and speaking activities 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 their work each week. Work at home is allowed and encouraged. If home internet is not available, libraries or alternate locations are needed for work not completed at school.
The Chinese I course satisfies the graduation requirements for an Advanced Studies diploma.
- Successful completion of Survey of World Language and Culture (recommended, not required)
Course Texts and Materials
- Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 1,Textbook
- Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 1, Audio CDs