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Mandarin Chinese II Chinese II is the continuation of Chinese I. Practice to enhance students’ ability in identifying sound combinations and in mastering the four tones will still be an important part of Chinese II. Coursework will center around vocabulary and dialogues in different content areas such as shopping, weather, dining, transportation, location, directions, entertainments, etc. Bellringers, worksheets and daily homework will create language situations for students to use the words and structures that they are learning.

Prerequisites: Chinese I 1 credit _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Mandarin Chinese III

Chinese III can be considered an intermediate language course. The lessons are still arranged around vocabulary, dialogues, grammar and pattern drills. However, Chinese III expects students to demonstrate greater ability in recognizing Chinese characters, as the Pinyin versions of the dialogues are no longer provided to assist reading. In Chinese III, students will encounter more advanced sentence structures and usages. Efforts will be made to enhance their ability to use what they have learned in communication. Homework will include more cognitive exercises such as composing sentences, dialogues and writing letters.

Prerequisites: C average or better in Chinese II 1 credit _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Mandarin Chinese IV

Chinese IV is an advanced Mandarin Chinese language course. Vocabulary will be learned in the contexts of sports, travel, public services, etc. Students will learn advanced sentence structures and usages, and accordingly the course will push for greater abilities on the part of the students in writing and speaking. Paragraph and passage writing will be expected of the students instead of sentence writing, though there will still be a certain amount of the latter. Conversational Chinese practice will become a routine part of class activities in Chinese IV, and the course aims at increasing students’ abilities not only in constructing Chinese sentences, but also in delivering these sentences with ease and fluency. Students are encouraged to do research on Chinese history and culture for

their course projects.

Prerequisites: C average in Chinese III 1 credit _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

AP Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture

AP Chinese is the most advanced Chinese language course we offer. The course will adopt Level II of Integrated Chinese as its basic textbook. (This set of textbooks is meant for college students.) The course will emphasize the mastery of Mandarin Chinese in reading, speaking, listening and writing (in Chinese characters), so classes will be mostly studentcentered and assignments will be speaking, reading and writing intensive. The course will step up listening comprehension practices and some real world Chinese materials will be used for reading and listening training. Real world topics and situations will be given to students for note, letter, and message writing and oral production in the forms of description, narration and speeches. Class sessions will also be devoted to readings and lectures on Chinese culture. To prepare students for the AP Chinese Test, the course will align its exercises with the test in format and content and will also train students in test taking skills.

All students take the AP Test for possible college credit; the cost of the test per student/family is $87. Fee reductions apply for

students who qualify for the federal free/reduced lunch program.

Prerequisites: Chinese III and/or IV 1 credit _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Spanish I

Spanish I presents the Spanish language and the cultures of the Spanish speaking countries. Effective communication and confidence using the language is emphasized. The course objectives are for students to be able to converse utilizing the present and future tenses, to possess a broad basic vocabulary, and to interact with some fundamental components of the Hispanic culture. Students speak Spanish in every class, take regular written and oral examinations, develop projects on local and international Spanishspeaking communities, and put on short presentations. There is a website associated with this course so access to the internet is preferred.

Prerequisites: None

1 credit

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