Chinese I is designed for students with little or no experience in learning Chinese. Students develop the basic language skills in a cultural context by understanding and responding to structured social conversations. Starting with the introduction of the Chinese language system including Pinyin, tones, radicals and characters, this course focuses on students' performance of producing simple sentences and brief paragraphs related to the topics of greeting, sharing personal information and preferences, introducing others, making plans about and discussing school life. The corresponding cultural knowledge is introduced at appropriate intervals to enrich students' understanding of Chinese culture. Care is taken to create an authentic learning experience in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the online environment. Students improve their overall language proficiency through weekly interactions with their teacher and classmates, a variety of internet resources, audio and video materials, and engaging activities of playing games, performing songs and tongue twisters, writing stories, collaborating for projects, taking virtual field trips and acting out roles in movies – we really do have a lot of fun! This course aligns with Cheng and Tsui’s Integrated Chinese Level I lessons zero through six. By the end of Chinese I, students will be able to handle the basic functions with structured grammatical patterns in daily communication and gain a solid foundation for future learning.
Approved by: the NCAA
Course Year: September 2018 - May 2019
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