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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

2 segments/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

Credits 1

Competency Group Overview

Meets elective credit

Competencies

  • Conjunctive Adverbs to Connect Events and Ordinal Numbers
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of conjunctive adverbs to connect events and ordinal numbers by comprehending and communicating in written and spoken Chinese on topics such as the American and Chinese school days.
  • Suggestions, the Uses of 能 and 会 to Express Capability, and the Use of 正在 to Describe an Event in Progress
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of suggestions, the uses and differences between 能 and 会 to express capability, and the use of 正在 to describe an event in progress by comprehending and communicating in written and spoken Chinese on topics such as sports, health, fitness, and personal opinions.
  • Time Adverbs and the Verbs 懂,会,擅长,精通 to Express Ability and Skill
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of time adverbs and the verbs 懂,会,擅长,精通 to express ability and skill by comprehending and communicating in written and spoken Chinese on topics such as careers and personal interests.
  • Asking for and Giving Help and Directions
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of asking for and giving help and directions by comprehending and communicating in written and spoken Chinese on topics such as making plans, travel in China, and Chinese geography.
  • Modal Particles and Simile Formation
    Students will demonstrate an understanding modal particles (了, 嘛, 啦,啊) to express agreement, doubt, and mood, and simile formation using 如,像。。。一样,and 仿佛 by comprehending and communicating in written and spoken Chinese on topics such as modern and traditional Chinese architecture and gardens.
  • Sequencing of Events and Qualifiers to Express Degree
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of sequencing of events and qualifiers (太, 可, 够, 非常, 十分, 很 ,真)to express degree by comprehending and communicating in written and spoken Chinese on topics such as Chinese and Western holidays and celebrations.
  • Preference, Choice, Size and Quantity
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of preference, choice, size and quantity by comprehending and communicating in written and spoken Chinese on topics such as ordering at a restaurant, shopping at a market, and attending a banquet.
  • Comparison, Degree, and the Uses of 了 to Express Simple Past and Duration
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of comparison, degree and the uses of 了 to express simple past and duration by comprehending and communicating in written and spoken Chinese on topics such as extended family members and Chinese arts and music.

Pre-Requisites

Mandarin Chinese 1

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