Chinese 4

  • Course Description:

    Suggested Prerequisite: Chinese 3 with a grade of "C" or better or teacher approval Chinese 4 continues to build on the language competencies established in Chinese 1 , 2, and 3. Students will continue an in-depth development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The class will be conducted entirely in Chinese. The course will include relevant dialogues, monologues, and plays that allow students to express their opinions in such areas as school life, gender equality, business, education and other events of both international and domestic importance. Students will gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture, including the subtleties of cultural perspective. Chinese history continues to be embedded in the curriculum, with a new focus on the geography of China. At this level it is expected that students will be able to compare and contrast their world with the world of their Chinese-speaking counterparts, supporting a further goal of analyzing international situations based on that comparison. The course content and structure will be aligned with the state's World Language Content Standards for California Public Schools and American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Students who successfully complete this course will develop their Chinese proficiencies at the Intermediate Low to Intermediate Mid range of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.

    Mode of Communication

    Interpersonal Communication, Intermediate Low:
    I can participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics using simple sentences. I can handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering simple questions.

    Interpersonal Communication, Intermediate Mid:
    I can participate in conversations on familiar topics using sentences and series of sentences. I can handle short social interactions in everyday situations by asking and answering a variety of questions. I can usually say what I want to say about myself and my everyday life.


    Presentational Speaking, Intermediate Low:
    I can present information on most familiar topics using a series of simple sentences.

    Presentational Speaking, Intermediate Mid:
    I can make presentations on a wide variety of familiar topics using connected sentences.


    Presentational Writing, Intermediate Low:
    I can write briefly about most familiar topics and present information using a series of simple sentences.

    Presentational Writing, Intermediate Mid:
    I can write on a wide variety of familiar topics using connected sentences.


    Interpretive Listening, Intermediate Low:
    I can understand the main idea in short, simple messages and presentations on familiar topics. I can understand the main idea of simple conversations that I overhear.

    Interpretive Listening, Intermediate Mid:
    I can understand the main idea in messages and presentations on a variety of topics related to everyday life and personal interests and studies. I can understand the main idea in conversations that I overhear.


    Interpretive Reading, Intermediate Low:
    I can understand the main idea of short and simple texts when the topic is familiar.

    Interpretive Reading, Intermediate Mid:
    I can understand the main idea of texts related to everyday life and personal interests or studies.


    Major Units:

    1. Dorm
    2. At Restaurant
    3. Shopping
    4. Boyfriend/Girlfriend
    5. Computer & Media
    6. Education
    7. China geography

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    Grading

    Grading categories and percentage breakdowns for the course are as follows: Interpersonal 2-way Communication such as conversations and text chats (15%), Presentational 1-way Output such as speeches and writing (15%), Interpretive 1-way Input such as listening and reading (15%), Tests and Quizzes (25%), Final Exam (20%), Homework (10%).