Learning Catalog

Mandarin Chinese 2

Mandarin Chinese 2

Credits 1

Competency Group Overview

Meets elective credit

Competencies

  • Schedules and Conjunctive Adverbs
    Student will demonstrate an understanding of the use of conjunctive adverbs to connect events and ideas by comprehending and communicating, in both written and spoken Chinese, on topics such as typical school days in China and the U.S.
  • Capability and Placement of Time Adverbs
    Student will demonstrate an understanding of time adverb placement and expression of capability by comprehending and communicating, in both written and spoken Chinese, on topics such as occupations and career skills.
  • Expressing Opinions and Time Frequency
    Student will demonstrate an understanding of how to express opinions and the proper use of time frequency expressions by comprehending and communicating, in both written and spoken Chinese, on topics such as sports, health and fitness.
  • Making plans and directions
    Student will demonstrate an understanding of direction prepositional phrases using 向 or 往 (i.e. general motion towards) and how express intention and suggestion by comprehending and communicating, in both written and spoken Chinese, on topics such as travel in China and Chinese geography.
  • Creating Metaphor using å如, 像。。。一样, 仿佛 and Modal Particles
    Student will demonstrate an understanding of Chinese metaphor formation using 如, 像。。。一样, 仿佛 ("like", "as") and the use of use modal particles to express agreement, doubt, and mood by comprehending and communicating, in both written and spoken Chinese, on topics such as modern and traditional Chinese architecture and gardens.
  • Sequencing and Qualifiers
    Student will demonstrate and understanding of sequencing of events in Chinese and the use of Qualifiers (太 (extremely), 可 (so), 够(quite), 非常(very), 十分(very), 很 (very),真 (really))to express degree by comprehending and communicating in both written and spoken Chinese, on topics such as Chinese and Western holidays and celebrations.
  • Size, Quantity, Preference, and Choice
    Student will demonstrate an understanding of how to express size, quantity, preference and choice by comprehending and communicating, in both written and spoken Chinese, on topics such as ordering in a restaurant and buying items in a market.
  • Comparison, Degree and use of 了 express simple past
    Student will demonstrate an understanding of comparisons and degree and use of 了 to express the simple past by comprehending and communicating, in both written and spoken Chinese, on topics such as Chinese arts and music.

Pre-Requisites

Mandarin Chinese 1

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

2 segments/32-36 weeks

Overview

Mandarin Chinese 2 enables the students to further develop the communicative skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing of Mandarin Chinese at a more advanced level. Students are immersed in Chinese culture as virtual exchange students in China. Virtual excursions from one Chinese city to another expand their vocabulary helping them learn to interact with others and use appropriate terms to communicate in various everyday situations.

Course Requirements

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, VLACS guides students to reflect on their learning and to evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of self-checks and practice problems, worksheets, assignments, discussion based assessments, collaborative assessments, pre-tests and practice tests, quizzes, discussions, hands-on activities, and module and semester exams. Instructors evaluate progress and provide interventions through the variety of assessments built into a course, as well as through contact with the student in other venues.

Major Topics and Concepts

 

Module 1:

  • School Life
  • Introductions and Greetings
  • School Subjects and Supplies
  • Time Telling
  • Interrogative Phrases
  • Comparatives and Superlatives
  • Conjunctive Adverbs
  • School Systems in China
  • Tiananmen Square
  • The Ming Tomb
  • The Temple of Heaven
  • The Summer Palace

Module 2:

  • Sports and Leisure Activities
  • Sporting Events
  • Leisure Activities
  • Health and Fitness
  • Locations and Directions
  • Invitations
  • Expressing feelings and opinions
  • Character Writing
  • Shaolin Monk

Module 3:

  • Occupations
  • Occupations and Skills
  • Job Fairs
  • Indicators of Time
  • Chinese Business Culture
  • Chinese Character Writing
  • Foreign Languages in China

Module 4:

  • Travel
  • Making Travel Arrangements
  • Provinces in China
  • Transportation
  • Weather
  • Chinese Character Writing

Status:

Open

The Experiences Pathway allows students to demonstrate mastery of competencies and earn credit through experiences, such as internships, travel, service learning, entrepreneurship, or independent study. Students may elect to meet all competencies in a particular competency group (i.e., English 1 or Economics) or they can master  competencies in multiple discipline areas. Once a student enrolls, a VLACS instructor will work with the student to refine the Experience, identify the competencies that will be met, and determine products that will demonstrate mastery of each competency.

In Experiences students will:

  1. Use google drive.
  2. Meet weekly or every two weeks with their instructor.
  3. Secure an outside expert.
  4. Plan the experience prior to completing it. (Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.)

Here is how to enroll in an Experience.

  1. Identify the course(s) that matches most closely with your Experience.
  2. Click “Enroll Now” from www.vlacs.org or from our learning catalog.
  3. From the enrollment page, navigate to the course that matches your Experience.
  4. Select all competencies that you hope to meet through your Experience. Do not worry if you are unsure of the exact competencies, they can be adjusted.
  5. Select the Experience bubble.
  6. If there are additional competencies from other discipline areas you hope to meet, enroll in these in the same manner.
  7. Your parent/guardian will receive an email asking for approval of your enrollment. This must be completed before we can assign you an instructor.
  8. You will receive a welcome email from your instructor within five days, given that space is available.

Independent Study

By signing up for an independent study, you will be able to direct your own learning, identifying what you want to learn and how you will demonstrate that you mastered your learning objectives.

Internship

Internships allow you to gain professional experience, make connections, and become familiar with a career, while working on site with mentors and professionals in a career of your interest.

Travel

While travel can be a great experience for learning life lessons, it is also an excellent way to acquire the knowledge and skills that allow you to demonstrate mastery in a variety of competencies.  The world is a classroom and travel experiences will connect your real world experiences to the learning that you seek.

Service Learning

In Service Learning, you collaborate with members of your community to address issues to improve your community. You will connect your service with discipline specific content so that learning can takes place through problem solving and collaboration.

Entrepreneurship

Starting your own business is a great way to learn. This type of experience allows you to engage in an entrepreneurial experience and receive credit for competencies you master through this experience.

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