Chinese I

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Essential Questions

  • Why study another language?
  • How does one study and learn another language?
  • What are the building blocks of the Chinese language?
  • What is the relationship between language and culture?
  • How is language used to communicate about one’s life and learn about others?
  • How can technology be used to find out about another culture and language?

Semester I

Declarative Knowledge: Content 

  • Introduction of the Mandarin phonetic system “pinyin” and tones
  • Vocabulary and language used in greetings, introductions and in simple interactions communicating about oneself, time, daily life, family, school, and in communicating about recent events
  • Communication strategies with a limited range of vocabulary and grammatical structures
  • Basic Chinese sentence construction: verb, adjective and noun predicate sentences
  • The rules of writing Chinese characters including the strokes, the sequence of the strokes, the radicals. To learn about 100 characters
  • Current happenings in China
  • Fall & Winter holidays
  • Study techniques to learn and practice both oral and written language
Declarative Knowledge: Content Procedural Knowledge: Skills & Processes 
  • Greet others using language appropriate to the situation and participants involved
  • Communicate orally about basic events in one's life using short sentences and contextual cues
  • Recognize and write basic Chinese characters
  •  Describe current events in China (English)
  • Identify and describe main Fall and Winter holidays and related customs (English)
  • Describe Chinese geography. Sketch a freehand map of China and label major province, cities, bodies of water and surrounding countries

Assessment

  • Daily use of oral language in class
  • Quizzes and tests which include writing, listening and recognition tasks
  • Oral tests: oral tasks, interviews and skits
  • Writing tests: short dialogs and stories
  • Participation in current event discussions (English)
  • Short written answers to questions about Chinese customs and holidays
    (English)
Multicultural Dimension
  • Basic cultural differences in interactions
  • Students use the internet to access information from a variety of sources and perspectives
  • Awareness of the relationship between language and culture begins to develop
  • Knowledge and understanding of traditional ideas and perspectives of Chinese culture
 
Resources
  • Text: Learn Chinese With Me Textbook and Workbook 1
  • Teacher-created materials

Semester 2

Declarative Knowledge: Content 
·        Communication strategies with a limited range of vocabulary and grammatical structures
·        Basic Chinese sentence construction: verb, adjective and noun predicate sentences
·        Vocabulary and language used in simple interactions when shopping, traveling, seeing a doctor, extending and responding to invitations, and requesting assistance
·        To learn about 200 Chinese characters
·        Current happenings in China
·        Spring and summer holidays
·        One aspect of Chinese culture or society(each student chooses one topic of personal interest)
·        Study techniques to learn and practice both oral and written language
 
Procedural Knowledge: Skills & Processes 
·        Communicate orally in shopping situations, to extend invitations, and to request assistance
·        Read short descriptive paragraph and extrapolate key information
·        Write a diary about one's weekend  or one day at school and use as many as Chinese characters that have been learned
·        Describe current events and trends in China (English)
·        Identify and describe main spring holidays and related customs (English)
·        Describe one aspect of Chinese culture or society in detail (English)
Assessment
·        Daily use of oral language in class
·        Quizzes and tests which include writing, listening and recognition tasks
·        Oral tests: oral tasks, interviews and skits
·        Writing tests: short stories and essays
·        Participation in current event discussions (English)
·        Short written answers to questions about Chinese customs and holidays (English)
·        Written report and oral presentation of Chinese cultural topic (English)
 
Multicultural Dimension 
·        Basic cultural differences in interactions
·        Students use the internet to access information from a variety of sources and perspectives
·        Awareness of the relationship between language and culture begins to develop
·        Knowledge and understanding of traditional ideas and perspectives of Chinese culture
·        Students begin to develop an awareness of sociolinguistics and adjusting language use depending on the situation and participants
 
Resources
  • Text: Learn Chinese With Me Textbook and Workbook 1
  • Teacher created materials