Chinese I Online

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Students begin their introduction to Chinese by focusing on the four key areas of world language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course represents an ideal blend of language learning pedagogy and online learning. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices which reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit. Both Chinese characters and pinyin are presented together throughout the course and specific character practices are introduced after the first quarter. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns, participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts, analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Chinese-speaking regions, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored. The course has been carefully aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). 
System and Software Requirements: • Microsoft® Windows 7® or higher, or Mac® OS 10.3 Mavericks® or over operating system; 400 MHz or faster processor; 512 MB of memory (RAM); at least 2 GB of hard drive space; Adobe® Reader®; Microsoft Office or equivalent document, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Access to a microphone to complete speaking assignments.
Dictionary, Microphone and audio recording software required for completing oral assignments. If computer does not come with sound recording software, free software is available online.
Week 1
Greetings/Would you like to eat?
Introduction to Pinyin
Introduction to China
Week 2
Numbers/Where are you from?
Pinyin tone marks
Introduction to China II
Week 3
How much?/additional numbers
Measure words
Week 4
Moon Festival
Asking questions
Poem: Thoughts on a Quiet Night
Week 5
Broken window
There be...
Chinese tea
Week 6
Broken window 2
China CulturGram
Week 7
Broken window 3
That's mine...(possessions)
Dragon's Descendents
Week 8
Adjectives and opposites/Princess and Monkey
Create your own story
Food differences
Week 9
Midterm review and test
Week 10
Rooms and household items
Where things are
Chinese home culture
Week 11
Body parts/young love
Describing differences
Concept of beauty
Week 12
Months and days
Placing time/ writing sample sentences
Calendar Culture
Week 13
Singing songs
Write your own song or poem
Poem: Spring Dawn
Week 14
Colors in China
Week 15
Chinese characters I
Writing characters (radicals, strokes etc.)
Character Culture
Week 16
The temple/Three Monks
More and more...
Chinese philosophy
Week 17
Getting sick/ illnesses
In the state of doing something
Chinese medicine
Week 18
Final review and test
Week 1
Names, numbers and addresses/bank account
Changing tones
Numbers in culture
Week 2
Family/Three Bears
Repeating words
CultureGram: Hong Kong
Week 3
Going to school
When (unprepared grammar points)
Week 4
Chinese New Year/ Spring Festival
Spring Festival phrases
Spring Festival culture
Week 5
Week 6
Describing things
Chinese paper cutting
Week 7
Utensils/at a restaurant
Bring this
Chopsticks culture
Week 8
Measure words (shopping grammar points)
Money Culture
Week 9
Midterm review and test
Week 10
Chinese characters II
Inputting Chinese/differentiating characters
Calligraphy culture
Week 11
Telling time/going to a movie
Time placement
CultureGram: Taiwan
Week 12
And then... (Zodiac grammar points)
The Chinese Zodiac
Week 13
Drawing words
Drawing practice (prepositions)
Plants in paintings
Week 14
Nature/treasure in the forest
Near and far
CultureGram: China
Week 15
Getting around a city/directions
Week 16
Using Ba
Cooking Chinese food
Week 17
Going on a trip
Chinese gardens
Week 18
Final review and test

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