Chinese 2

Credit Hours: 1

Course Length: 2 Semesters

Course Description

Students continue their study of Chinese by further expanding their knowledge of key vocabulary topics and grammar concepts. Students not only begin to comprehend listening and reading passages more fully, but they also are able to express themselves more meaningfully in both speaking and writing. 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. Character recognition and practice are a key focus of the course and students are expected to learn several characters each unit. However, pinyin is still presented with characters throughout the course to aid in listening and reading comprehension. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, understand common vocabulary terms and phrases, use a wide range of grammar patterns in their speaking and writing, participate in conversations and respond appropriately to conversational prompts, analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Chinese- speaking countries, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored. By semester 2, the course is conducted almost entirely in Chinese. The course has been carefully aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).

Course Prerequisites

Chinese I, or equivalent

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

None

Major Concepts

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Engage in language learning
  • Review and expand their study of common vocabulary topics
  • Gain a deeper understanding of a wide range of grammar patterns
  • Participate in expanded conversations and respond appropriately to a variety of conversational prompts
  • Communicate more meaningfully using correct vocabulary and grammatical structures
  • Read, write, speak, and listen for meaning in basic Chinese
  • Analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Chinese-speaking countries
  • Regularly assess progress in proficiency through quizzes, tests, and speaking/writing submissions