Virtual Virginia

5840 Chinese IV

Field of Study

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

Material Covered

Students gain a deeper understanding of the world around them while studying Beijing, facets of China’s traditional culture, social life, hobbies, the environment, work, and college. Some familiar themes and topics from Chinese I, II, and III may recur at the same time.

Student Expectations

Students will learn to communicate using more complex language structures on a variety of topics, focusing on abstract concepts. Students will complete a variety of assessments, including self-checks, multiple-choice and short answer questions, Chinese-to-English translation, Chinese writing assignments, projects, interviews, oral assessments, and discussions. Students are expected to study vocabulary on a daily basis for 30 minutes, and students can expect to work 6–10 hours per week on the course, including work outside the school day.

Related Requirements

  • Students need access to a scanner or a camera and must 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 the 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.

Additional Information

The Chinese IV course satisfies the graduation requirements for an Advanced Studies diploma.


  • Required: Successful completion of Chinese I, Chinese II, and Chinese III
  • Strongly recommended: Course grade of “B” or above in Chinese III; strong knowledge of grammar and vocabulary; good listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills

Course Texts and Materials


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