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FLC3010T: Chinese1 (2014-2015)

CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Virtual School Program
COURSE TITLE: Chinese I (Mandarin)
CALENDAR YEAR: 2014-2015

Major Concepts/Content:

In this course students will learn listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through activities that are based on pedagogically proven methods of foreign language instruction. Students will learn to express themselves in simplified Mandarin Chinese using an ever increasing vocabulary, present-tense verbs, articles, and adjectives. Grammar is introduced and practiced in innovative and interesting ways with a variety of learning styles in mind. Culture is interspersed throughout the course in an attempt to help the learner focus on the francophone world and their culture, people, geographical locations and histories.

Students will understand and present short, simple conversations and narratives within highly predictable and familiar contexts. They will be exposed to visual cues to enhance and read short texts with comprehension. Students will comprehend and produce vocabulary related to everyday objects and actions on familiar topics. They will interactively use short sentences, learned words, phrases, simple questions, and commands when speaking and writing, relying on visuals to enhance oral and written comprehension. When speaking, students will also imitate the use of culturally appropriate vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and nonverbal behaviors modeled by the teacher or other authentic role models such as found through authentic video, TV programs, guest speakers, simple literature, and the internet.

DoDEA Foreign Language Standards
Secondary Foreign Language FL Course Level I (Novice Proficiency Range, Novice – Low / Mid / Level)

Course Objectives:

As a result of successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Be able to greet others in Mandarin Chinese as well as talk about him/herself
  • Become familiar with the Chinese phonological system
  • Talk about days, months, and seasons
  • Talk about the weather and how to dress for it
  • Tell time and identify colors
  • Express simple actions in the present tense
  • Conjugation of irregular verbs in the present tense
  • Talk about their town and places in a town and things they do in those places
  • Talk about their family members
  • Talk about foods and mealtimes
  • To talk about their routine and activities they are involved in as well as review some school vocabulary and expand upon what they know in these areas
  • Write and type words in Chinese
  • Pronounce words appropriately

Course Outline

(1st Semester)
  • Module 1: Introduction to China, Chinese characters, and Chinese language and culture
  • Module 2: Greetings, composing short conversations, and basic translation
  • Module 3: Calendars, days, months and seasons
  • Speaking, reading and writing will be infused throughout these module

(2nd Semester)
  • Module 4: Talking about the weather, temperatures and other basic environmental conditions
  • Module 5: Telling time using hours and minutes, and understanding/translating numbers by characters
  • Module 6: People, places and things; identifying places and basic directions
  • Speaking, reading and writing will be infused throughout these module

Essential Software:


There is no textbook required for this course. All instructional content is available online within the course.

For reference purposes:

  • Integrated Chinese, Level 1 Part 1 Textbook, 3rd Edition (Simplified) Hardcover 中文听说读写
  • Yuehua Liu, Tao-chung Yao, Nyan-Ping Bi, Liangyan Ge, Yaohua
  • ISBN: 9780887276446


Required Materials:

Recording software provided through local school, Internet Access, Headset, Microphone, Chinese-English Dictionary,