Field of Study
In the Chinese III course, students continue to develop and refine their proficiency in all four language skills – listening, speaking, reading, and writing – with an emphasis on their ability to interact orally and in writing.
Students will communicate using more complex language structures on a variety of topics, moving from concrete to more abstract concepts. At this level, students comprehend the main ideas of the authentic materials that they read and hear, and they are able to identify significant details when the topics are familiar. Students gain a deeper understanding of the world around them while studying Rights and Responsibilities, Future Plans and Choices, Teen Culture, Environment, and Humanities while some familiar themes and topics from Chinese I and Chinese II 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: Meiyun’s Family, Module 2: Leisure Time, Module 3: Two Generations, Module 4: Different Cultures, Module 5: Diet and Health, Module 6: Transportation and Geography
Students will complete a variety of homework assignments including vocabulary and required readings 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
Course Texts and Materials
- Learn Chinese with Me 3: Student’s Book with 2 CD’s by Chen Fu
People’s Education Press