Mandarin 1, 2, 3, 4 Honors, AP
All levels of Mandarin class will learn new vocabulary regularly. They will learn to use these words in dialogues, speaking practices, reading comprehension, as well as writing skills through contextualized activities over time. Chinese culture will be important part of the learning experience throughout all levels.
Students will learn classroom expressions and objects, simple greetings and polite expressions, numbers, family terms, animals, countries and nationalities, self-description (age, grade level, physical description, etc.), sports and hobbies, and words about food. Interesting and thought-provoking discussions about Chinese culture and how it is reflected in the language will be part of the class.
Students will add level 2 vocabulary to whatever they have already learned in Level 1, continue to improve their Mandarin ability (listening, speaking, reading and writing) through level 2 contextualized activities. In more depth, they will increase their ability to greet, introduce, provide names and family relations, nationalities and languages. As well as learn about schools, date and time, daily life, making plans and phone calls, shopping, birthday celebration, directions, and restaurants.
Students will learn how to communicate in Chinese about locations and directions, hobbies and sports, weather and seasons, travel and transportation, health and medicine, renting apartment, future plan, arts and culture. Emphasis will be on leading them to use the language in practical way. At the end of the year, they should be able to produce vocabulary, phrases, sentences and brief conversations in Chinese that are comprehensible to native speakers.
Mandarin 4 Honors
The emphasis of this year's course will be on mastering all aspects of the language; through level appropriate, contextualized learning. Students will develop strong language skills from quality, authentic, level-appropriate learning materials; including textbook, newspaper, magazines, literary texts, internet resources, television shows, movies and music, etc. Topics of study will go beyond the basics. Students will learn the similarities and differences between Chinese and other cultures. Cultural activities are interwoven into lessons to provide students with opportunities to enhance language and culture experiences. The course will be conducted almost exclusively in Chinese. Organizational and analytical strategies and skills will be incorporated in students’ required work.
Mandarin AP continues from Mandarin 4 Honors in a similar learning environment. Mandarin AP course is designed to further deepen students’ immersion into the language and culture of Chinese-speaking world. Students continue to develop strong language skills from quality, authentic, level-appropriate learning materials; including textbook, newspaper, magazines, literary texts, internet resources, television shows, movies and music, etc. Language and culture comparison is part of the class. The course will be conducted almost exclusively in Mandarin. The learning process will also prepare students to take Mandarin AP Exam in early May.