Foreign language study allows students to access and understand another language and culture, and use those talents to create bonds and bridges to other peoples and communities. The aim is for students to develop proficiency so they will be able to serve and fulfill their life mission when called upon.
This course is designed for first year students who are non-native speakers of Chinese with no background in Mandarin Chinese. Students will master pinyin, pronunciation tones, vocabulary , grammar, idiomatic express, and culture in each thematic unit. Students’ family, school, and daily life activities will be introduced to learners. Culture and authentic material such as, emails, notes, advertisements, labels, video clips, and announcement also will be introduced to students.
In this course, students will master the basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. This year, over a span of six units, we will focus on school activities; hobbies; family; health; clothing and environment. Students are assessed frequently in listening, speaking, reading and writing throughout the entire year. Students will be assessed in character-handwriting skill, vocabulary usage, expressive abilities, listening and comprehension skills.
Mandarin II Honors
This course will help the student develop his or her ability to communicate using Chinese through the study of language structure, language function and related cultural knowledge. Along with this students are trained in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Attention will be paid to the instruction of pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary with gradual increase in difficulty. At the end of the course, students will be able to use these skills in most authentic environments.
This course is designed to follow and improve on the skills of conducting daily communication in Chinese. The sentence patterns and grammar are designed in an order that emphasizes functional usage. The language materials are arranged within situational topics. At this level, students will be engage in realistic daily conversations in a growing variety of contexts. Along with this students are trained in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. At the end of the course, students will be able to use these skills in most authentic environments. Meanwhile students will appreciate the Chinese culture and tradition through actively participation in group discussions and projects.
This course is designed for students who are interested in taking college level Chinese language courses. This course continues to develop the student’s language skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Students will be able to use these skills in authentic functional environments with ease. In addition, students will explicitly study Chinese culture, its tradition, people, morality, and philosophy. Students should be prepared to take the AP Chinese Language and Culture course in the following year.
Mandarin IV is designed for students whose proficiency in Chinese is at an intermediate level. This course continues to develop the student’s skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. This course prepares students who are interested in college level Chinese language courses.
AP Chinese Language and Culture is designed for students who are interested in advance studies of China. Through the course, students will master the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. At the end of the course, students will be able to use these skills in authentic environments and appreciated the Chinese culture, its tradition, its people, its morality, and its philosophy. Moreover, students will be well prepared to take the AP Chinese Language and Culture examination.
In this course students will be introduced to the Spanish language and culture and learn the elements of basic conversational Spanish. Emphasis will be on developing proficiency using the present tense in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The course will be conducted as much as possible in Spanish so that students will become comfortable hearing and using basic forms of the language. Since interaction using the language is an important element of learning, students will often work with classmates and get to know them better by sharing information in Spanish. Students will also learn about traditions, families, and schools in Spanish-speaking countries.
This course will address more complex grammatical structures and verb tenses, including the preterite, imperfect, conditional, future, and subjunctive tenses. This course will focus equally on grammar, vocabulary building, listening comprehension, speaking ability, and reading and writing skills in Spanish. By the end of each chapter, the student will be able to communicate effectively in Spanish in a common, real-life situation, as well as feel comfortable writing short compositions about the topics covered. In addition, each unit will include a cultural focus to provide students with a broader knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world and its diverse cultures.
This course will begin with a review of the concepts learned in Spanish II and then progress into more complex grammatical structures and verb tenses, including further focus on imperfect, conditional, future and subjunctive verb forms. This course will focus equally on grammar, vocabulary building, listening comprehension, speaking ability, and reading and writing skills in Spanish. Students will be exposed, in a more in-depth way, to the geography, history, and rich cultures of the vast Spanish-speaking world. We will be reading newspaper and magazine articles from Spain and Latin America as well as studying portions of works of some of the major writers of the Spanish speaking world. We will consider art, literature, holidays and food, special projects, and field trips to reinforce the cultural portion of our class.