Over the course of this year, this Chinese class will help students grow in five key areas: communication, connections, cultures, comparisons and communities. Students will be given ample opportunities to explore, develop and use communication strategies, learning strategies, critical thinking skills and skills in technology to build their e-portfolio.
This course will focus on these four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing using Pinyin phonetic and intonation system and simplified & traditional Chinese characters. The course will systematically introduce over 350 essential vocabulary words at the first year and help students build real‐life communicative skill and writing techniques. Chinese holidays, life style, and customs will be introduced through the lesson units in the textbooks, supplementary materials, and audio-video aids. This class offers the Chinese characters book with stroke for writing enhancement.
The Chinese class will provide a wide variety of topics for the level 1 appropriate. Students acquire information, recognize distinctive viewpoints and further their knowledge of other disciplines. Students are able to reflect topics fully in their real-life circumstances, including: greeting and introductions, family, home and neighborhood, jobs, numbers, time, calendar, leisure, hobbies, sports and activities, visit friends and appointment Chinese cultures and related Chinese value link to the topics . All topics follow guidelines from the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st century and World Language Content Standards for California Public Schools.
Each topic includes contexts, learning objectives and functions, forms and sentence patterns and culture highlights.
Textbooks & supplemental instructional materials
Yuehua Liu, Tao-Chung Yao; Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 1 Third Edition; Cheng & Tsui Company, 2008 Yuehua Liu, Tao-Chung Yao; Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 1 Workbook; Cheng & Tsui Company, 2008 Liu Xun, New Practical Chinese Reader 1 First edition, Beijing Language and Culture University Press, 2002 First Semester Week 1 : Introduction- Syllabic structure and Pronunciation of Modern Standard Chinese, The Chinese writing system, Chinese radical, Chinese history and geographical introduction.
Week 2- 4 : Classroom expression. Hanyu pinyin system, Chinese writing system, Chinese radical, assignment, pinyin listening assessment, pinyin recording. Chinese name painting.
Unit 1- Greeting : exchange basic greetings, request a person's last name, full name and nationality, and provide my own. Forms include verbs- xing 姓, jiao 叫, shi 是, ma 吗, ye 也, bu 不 and yes/no question . Culture notes include Chinese name and gestures of greeting.
Week 8-10 Unit 2 - Family, Country, Nationality, home and neighborhood: describe my family and ask about someone's family. Ask about someone's profession. Chinese kinship terms. Forms include you 有, de的, measurement words 个, dou 都. Culture notes include the concept of hometown, Chinese kinship terms and the family value in China. Culture- Confucius introduction (9/28)
Week 11-14 Unit 3- Numbers, dates & Time: Give times and dates, age and birthday, arrange a dinner date and describe my daily schedule. Forms include numbers (0-100), dates, time, alternative questions, etc. Culture notes include Chinese lucky numbers, Chinese lunar calendar, Chinese manner of counting age. Culture comparison : Halloween v.s. Chinese ghost month and Mask making- Chinese opera mask Culture : Thanksgiving song
Week 15 : Thanksgiving Karaoke content (*Thanksgiving holiday- short week) Week 16 : Student e-portfolio & Oral final exam Week 17 : Oral final exam, Final exam review Week 18 : Final exam