Fifth Grade: This is a beginning level course. The class will focus on developing the fundamentals to communicate in Mandarin. Students will get familiar with the Chinese phonetic system of Pinyin and acquire the basic knowledge about strokes, stroke order, and common radicals for writing Chinese characters, along with basic conversational skills for daily life, including greetings, self-introduction and introducing friends, classmates and family members, telling time, expressing dates, countries, nationalities, colors, animals, and one’s favorite things. Students will also learn about Chinese culture through activities and projects. Reading and writing will be addressed, but listening and speaking will be emphasized.
Trimester grades (beginning in the second trimester) will be based on class participation, homework, quizzes, tests, and projects.
Sixth Grade: This intermediate-beginning Mandarin course continues to build a strong foundation in the basic Chinese language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The class will cover a variety of topics related to daily life and cultural activities including clothes, the weather, hobbies, holidays, learning Mandarin, visiting friends, etc. Students will learn how to describe simple situations, people, places, and things. They will build their vocabulary and strengthen their communication in Mandarin using various sentence patterns. In addition, typing Chinese characters on computers is introduced. Listening and speaking skills continue to be emphasized.
Trimester grades will be based on class participation, homework, quizzes, tests, and projects.
Seventh Grade: This advanced-beginning level course emphasizes the development of communication skills in Mandarin. Students will learn to express themselves, orally and in writing, through applying more complex sentence structures, various tenses, and broadened vocabulary related to situations in the home, school, and other social settings. Class activities include listening comprehension, daily conversations, role plays, skits, reading authentic texts, and watching videos. Students will communicate with their peers about real world information, and are expected to read and write in Chinese characters. The class is conducted mainly in Mandarin, with clarification in English when needed.
Trimester grades will be based on class participation, quizzes, tests, homework, and projects.
Eighth Grade: This intermediate-level Mandarin Chinese course emphasizes expanding listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and improving language fluency. Students will learn more advanced vocabulary and sentence patterns in different contexts and more complex grammar. The class will cover a variety of topics related to food, making appointments, dining out, traveling, shopping, asking for directions, etc. Students are expected to express their ideas in paragraphs, and writing essays in Chinese. The class is conducted mainly in Mandarin, with clarification in English only when needed.
Trimester grades will be based on quizzes, tests, homework, and projects.