Virtual Virginia

5830 Chinese III

Field of Study

In Chinese III, students continue to develop and refine their proficiency in all four Mandarin Chinese language skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—with an emphasis on the ability to interact orally and in writing. 

Material Covered

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 II may recur. 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: 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

Student Expectations

Students will complete a variety of homework assignments, including vocabulary and required readings for each module. Students will participate in discussion boards and will have 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.

Additional Information

The local school ensures 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 facilitates student use, outside of 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 and Chinese II

Course Texts and Materials

  • Learn Chinese with Me 3: Student’s Book with 2 CDs
    Author: Chen Fu
    ISBN: 7107177192
    Publisher: People’s Education Press
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