Field of Study
In the Chinese II course, students continue to develop their ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures. Students will refine the four language skills in Mandarin Chinese– listening, speaking, reading and writing– with an emphasis on the ability to communicate orally and in writing.
Working at the Intermediate-Low proficiency level, students will expand their study to include new themes of Personal and Family Life, School Life, Social Life, and Community Life while some familiar themes and topics from Level I may reoccur at the same time. However, the spiral character of the theme-based instruction (focusing on helping students understand general meaning) requires students to demonstrate their communicative skills with increasing sophistication at a new developmental level. Student work will be required outside of class time.
There are six Modules in the course along with projects to advance students’ learning: Module 1: Module 1: Jack and His Classmates, Module 2: Hobbies, Module 3: A Caring Family, Module 4: Diet and Health, Module 5: Diet and Health 6: Treasure Our Environment.
Students will complete a variety of assignments including listening, speaking, reading and writing for each module. They will participate in written discussion boards and will have at least one graded, spoken/written assignment or quiz each week. We are a deadline-driven course and students are expected to complete assignments by the due dates posted in the course. There are late penalties on all late work.
Students should study vocabulary on a daily basis for 30 minutes and can expect to work 10 hours per week on the course, including work outside the school day. All students must complete the final exam at the end of the course. Vacation weeks like Spring Break may not necessarily correspond to individual school calendars, and students need to plan accordingly to complete their work on time.
The school should ensure that each student has a copy of the texts utilized in the course for use in-and-outside of the classroom, and has access to an in-school computer capable of inputting and displaying Chinese characters.
The school facilitates student use, outside of instructional time, of in-school or public library computers capable of inputting and displaying Chinese characters.
Please refer to the following requirements: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/graduation/approved_courses.pdf
- Successful completion of Chinese I (required).
Course Texts and Materials
- Learn Chinese With Me 2: Student’s Book with 2 CD’s by Chen Fu
People’s Education Press