Field of Study
In Chinese II, students continue to develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures.
The course focuses on all four Mandarin Chinese language skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—with emphasis on the ability to communicate orally and in writing. Working at the intermediate–low proficiency level, students begin to expand their study on new themes of personal and family life, school life, social life, and community life while some familiar themes and topics from Chinese I may recur at the same time. However, the spiral character of the theme-based instruction requires students to demonstrate their communicative skills and sophistication at a new developmental level.
The course contains six content modules, with projects to advance students’ learning:
- Module 1: Jack and His Classmates
- Module 2: Hobbies
- Module 3: A Caring Family
- Modules 4 and 5: Diet and Health
- Module 6: Treasure Our Environment
Students will complete a variety of assignments, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing assignments. They will participate in written discussion boards. Students will complete at least one graded, spoken/written assignment or quiz each week. Students should study vocabulary on a daily basis for 30 minutes, and students can expect to work 10 hours per week on the course, including work outside the school day.
The local school should ensure that each student has a copy of the texts utilized in the course for use inside and outside of the classroom and has access to an in-school computer capable of inputting and displaying Chinese characters. The school should facilitate students’ use—outside instructional time—of in-school or public library computers capable of inputting and displaying Chinese characters.
The Chinese II course satisfies the graduation requirements for an Advanced Studies diploma.
- Required: Successful completion of Chinese I
Course Texts and Materials
- Learn Chinese with Me 2: Student’s Book with 2 CDs
Author: Chen Fu
Publisher: People’s Education Press