Curriculum

High School Chinese

High School Chinese I Competency

A Premium World Language Course
1 credit
Available to Grades 9-12

Students begin their introduction to Chinese by focusing on the four key areas of world language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course represents an ideal blend of language learning pedagogy and online learning. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices that reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit. Both Chinese characters and pinyin are presented together throughout the course, and specific character practices are introduced after the first quarter. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns, participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts, analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Chinese-speaking cultures.

High School Chinese II Competency

A Premium World Language Course
1 credit
Available to Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: High School Chinese I Competency

Students continue their study of Chinese by further expanding their knowledge of key vocabulary topics and grammar concepts. Students not only begin to comprehend listening and reading passages more fully, but they also start to express themselves more meaningfully in both speaking and writing. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices that reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit. Character recognition and practice are a key focus of the course and students are expected to learn several characters in each unit. However, pinyin is still presented with characters throughout the course to aid in listening and reading comprehension. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning; understand common vocabulary terms and phrases; use a wide range of grammar patterns in their speaking and writing; participate in conversations and respond appropriately to conversational prompts; analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Chinese-speaking regions; and take frequent assessments by which their language progression can be monitored.

High School Chinese I Fluency

A Premium World Language Course
1 credit
Available to Grades 9-12

Students begin their introduction to Mandarin Chinese with fundamental building blocks in four key areas of world-language study: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and character study. The extensive use of authentic materials (video, audio, images, or texts) allows for a contextualized and interactive presentation of the vocabulary and the linguistic structures. Students are actively engaged in completing task-based activities individually and collaboratively while formulating and testing hypotheses about different aspects of the target language. The materials and the activities engage students in such a way that they learn to develop the necessary metacognitive strategies to be successful in the processing of the authentic input and in negotiating meaning to reach mutual understanding with other speakers. Cultural information relevant to China and Chinese communities around the world permeate the materials from beginning to end.

High School Chinese II Fluency

A Premium World Language Course
1 credit
Available to Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: High School Chinese I Fluency

Students continue their study of Chinese by further expanding their knowledge of key vocabulary topics and grammar concepts. Students not only begin to comprehend listening and reading passages more fully, but they also are able to express themselves more meaningfully in speaking and writing. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices that reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit. Character recognition and practice are a key focus of the course, and students are expected to learn several characters in each unit. However, pinyin is still presented with characters throughout the course to aid in listening and reading comprehension.

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    The Premium World Languages Competency courses take a traditional approach to language learning by focusing on the four key language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students are introduced to vocabulary themes, grammar concepts, sentence structure, and culture through explicit instruction and guided, self-paced learning.

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