In Chinese I, students will learn the basics of spoken and written Mandarin Chinese. By stressing proper tones and pronunciation, this beginning class introduces Mandarin Chinese to those who are curious about the most widely spoken language in the world. Students will engage in communicative skills such as introducing themselves, meeting, greeting and describing others, ordering at a restaurant, and asking for directions, all performed in a culturally appropriate and linguistically accurate manner. Speaking and listening skills are the main focus of Chinese I; however, students will also be introduced to the character-based writing system. Students will leave the class with confidence and a desire to continue Chinese language studies. As a Chinese student, opportunities for cultural events and travel could take place. Additionally, classrooms and students will have several opportunities throughout each year to join in local and regional Chinese culture events as part of the extended classroom experience. Chinese I is offered through Interactive Video Distance Learning, and will also incorporate the use of Google Classrooms or Schoology (online support). Additionally, daily recorded lessons of the interactive instruction as part of the classroom support structure. Through grants and investment in the video conferencing delivery method, we are able to provide each individual period of instruction with its own classroom recording of live instruction daily, this is then accessible via a web browser, and username and password.
The Curriculum is a blend of a self-developed text and Integrated Chinese.
A laptop or Chromebook, microphone, and camera.