Chinese III is the ultimate level of Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) Chinese language course which prepares students for Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese Language and Culture course in their junior or senior year at Leland and Gray. This comprehensive curriculum will be implemented in an immersion environment in which students are encouraged speak pure Chinese in class to ensure and enhance their learning effectiveness. Approximately 90% of the instructional time of this course is in Chinese which includes language drills, class discussions, movie analysis, cultural discussions, surveys, learning team assignments, listening and reading comprehension assessments, and situational dialogues; and 10% of the instructional time is in English for clear description and explanation of grammar rules, assignment rubrics, sentence structures and new vocabulary.
This course is designed to help students who have successfully completed Chinese I and Chinese II to develop their skills in spoken and written Chinese. Besides emphasizing students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, this course also emphasizes students’ efficiency and accuracy in Chinese typing. Chinese cultural studies are included in the curriculum of this course so that students’ multicultural awareness is strengthened in the teaching and learning process.
By the end of the course, students are expected to:
1) master another 1,000 characters in addition to the 1,700 characters learned in
Chinese I and II;
2) master the concept and structure of formation of Chinese characters;
3) master the basic conversion between simplified and traditional Chinese
4) master 60 radicals in Chinese characters;
5) be able to interpret and recite 15 Chinese poems;
6) be able to make some connections between Chinese language and Chinese
culture through movies, music, cultural studies videos, visiting Chinese websites
and so forth;
7) be able to master 15 Chinese idioms;
8) be able to illustrate the stories about 10 traditional Chinese festivals;
9) be able to conduct conversations in Chinese with native Chinese independently.