• COURSE TITLE: Mandarin Chinese III

    PREREQUISITE: Mandarin Chinese II

    DESCRIPTION: Students will increase proficiency in the basics of Chinese in this course. The objectives of this course are to review and amplify structures previously taught and introduce more advanced vocabulary and structures through the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and to present the language within the context of the contemporary Chinese culture. Chinese characters will be reviewed and more characters introduced systematically as they relate to the listening/speaking activities conducted throughout the course.

    MAIN TOPICS:

    Greetings and Introductions

    Physical Descriptions and Personality Characteristics, Feelings, and Emotions

    Family Members

    Clothing and Colors

    Formal vs. Informal situations

    Restaurants, Food and

    Culture

    Mathematics

    Numbers and Time

    Days, Months, and Calendar

    Natural Resources

    Geographic Features

    Classes, Schedules, and Supplies

    Interests and Leisure Activities

    Weather and Seasons

    Cities, Places, Activities, and Transportation

    Travel, Money and

    Shopping

     

     

    Listening

    Students will further refine listening skills through teacher presentations, peer conversations, presentations and multimedia. Students will improve the skill of differentiation between formal and informal exchanges and demonstrate comprehension via various classroom activities of the topics covered in the curriculum. Students will listen carefully to the various tonalities in sound and intonation patterns in order to process reproduction of sounds, words, and phrases correctly.

    Speaking

    Students will sustain dialog on selected topics, communication ideas in extemporaneous presentations, classroom discussions and role-playing. Students will continue to refine pronunciation, rhythm and intonation while exhibiting the use of Chinese in classroom communication. Students will demonstrate attention to accuracy of register in introducing self and expressing greetings, ask and answer questions, and perform in rehearsed and spontaneous situations with the topics at hand. Accurate pronunciation and tonality is a definite component of this skill.

    Reading

    Students will learn to recognize written Chinese characters and their various sounds, pictorial and cultural connections, and relationships to words/phrases previously acquired through listening and speaking. Students will be expected to master Chinese characters as they are introduced in a variety of realistic situations in classroom activities so that they are comfortable with reading at a pace similar to that of conversation discourse learned at the speaking level.

    Writing

    Students will learn to reproduce in correct stroke order all Chinese characters related to the topics of study in individual, word, and phrase form. It is important for students to master each character as it is introduced since they shall be components necessary to connect to future words/phrases in topics of study.

    Culture

    Students will acquire increased knowledge of daily life, customs, and current events and become aware of verbal and non-verbal cultural differences. They will learn basic geographic features of China and become cognizant of the contributions of the Chinese to other world cultures.

     

    CREDIT INFO: This course provides one credit toward fulfilling the foreign language requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma (three years of one language or two years of two languages). .

Last Modified on September 2, 2010