SY 2014-2015 ____________________________________________________________________________ COURSE TITLE: Mandarin Chinese III PREREQUISITE: Mandarin Chinese II DESCRIPTION: Students will increase proficiency in the basics of Chinese in this course. The objectives of this course are to review and amplify structures previously taught and introduce more advanced vocabulary and structures through the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and to present the language within the context of the contemporary Chinese culture. Chinese characters will be reviewed and more characters introduced systematically as they relate to the listening/speaking activities conducted throughout the course. MAIN TOPICS: Greetings and Introductions Physical Descriptions and Personality Characteristics, Feelings, and Emotions Family Members Clothing and Colors Formal vs. Informal situations Restaurants, Food and Culture Mathematics Numbers and Time Listening Days, Months, and Calendar Natural Resources Geographic Features Classes, Schedules, and Supplies Interests and Leisure Activities Weather and Seasons Medical Care Cities, Places, Activities, and Transportation Travel, Money and Shopping Students will further refine listening skills through teacher presentations, peer conversations, presentations and multimedia. differentiation between formal and Students will improve the skill of informal exchanges and demonstrate comprehension via various classroom activities of the topics covered in the curriculum. Students will listen carefully to the various tonalities in sound and intonation patterns in order to process reproduction of sounds, words, and phrases correctly. Speaking Students will sustain dialog on selected topics, communication ideas in extemporaneous presentations, classroom discussions and role-playing. Students will continue to refine pronunciation, rhythm and intonation while exhibiting the use of Chinese in classroom communication. Students will demonstrate attention to accuracy of register in introducing self and expressing greetings, ask and answer questions, and perform in rehearsed and spontaneous situations with the topics at hand. Accurate pronunciation and tonality is a definite component of this skill. Reading Students will learn to recognize written Chinese characters and their various sounds, pictorial and cultural connections, and relationships to words/phrases previously acquired through listening and speaking. Students will be expected to master Chinese characters as they are introduced in a variety of realistic situations in classroom activities so that they are comfortable with reading at a pace similar to that of conversation discourse learned at the speaking level. SY 2014-2015 Writing Students will learn to reproduce in correct stroke order all Chinese characters related to the topics of study in individual, word, and phrase form. It is important for students to master each character as it is introduced since they shall be components necessary to connect to future words/phrases in topics of study. Culture Students will acquire increased knowledge of daily life, customs, and current events and become aware of verbal and non-verbal cultural differences. They will learn basic geographic features of China and become cognizant of the contributions of the Chinese to other world cultures. CREDIT INFO: This course provides one credit toward fulfilling the foreign language requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma (three years of one language or two years of two languages).