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Chinese 7-8


Streamwood High School
World Languages and International Studies Academy
Mandarin Chinese 7-8/AP Syllabus  
中文 7 - 8

Mrs. Li  李老师
Phone: 630-213-5500 Ex. 8637
Email: linali@u-46.org


Course Overview

Mandarin Chinese 7-8/AP Chinese Language and Culture is a course equal to the difficulty range of the fourth semester of college level Chinese course.

Mandarin Chinese 7-8/AP Chinese Language and Culture course will bring the students an opportunity to further develop their four language proficiency skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing in the intermediate range across the three communicative modes (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) and the five Cs (communication, culture, connections, comparisons and communities) as defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century.

Mandarin Chinese 7-8/AP Chinese Language and Culture course provides the students an opportunity to totally immerse in the richness of Chinese Language and Culture by introducing varied aspects of both contemporary Chinese society and Chinese history. The content includes 8 thematic units:  

• Geography, Climate and Travel  
• Cultural celebrations   
• Teenage life/self and global community  
• Interests and careers”
• Famous people “   
• Art and music appreciation  
• Literature and poetry  
• Social issues and current events.

The course is taught completely in Chinese by the teacher and the students are required to sign a “language immersion pledge” and are encouraged to make all possible efforts to speak Chinese in class.
Course Standards

This course is aligned with the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning. Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities (five Cs) in the Standards are the common practice in the teaching and learning Mandarin Chinese.

Textbook and Supplementary Materials
• The Discovering Chinese iPad application Vol. 4, Better Chinese LLC, 2014
• “Barron’s AP Chinese Language and Culture,” 2014
• “Jia You” Volume I, CENGAGE Learning 2008
• “Learn Chinese with me” Volume III &IV, People’s Education Press 2003

The course also uses many other handouts and applies great amount of authentic materials from the Internet, newspapers, magazines, broad casting and other media and publications like CD, DVD etc.   

Course objectives/learning outcomes

This course will enable students continue to:

• Learn thematic vocabulary and the grammatical fundamentals of the language;
• Use the thematic vocabulary in their appropriate contexts;
• Learn to read and write Chinese in meaningful passages
• Build more Mandarin language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing;
• Learn cultural topics through everyday routines, family, cuisine, school, and celebrations;
• Increase their language proficiency and cultural awareness by viewing videos, films, and audio clips.
• Conduct meaningful conversations in Chinese.
• Students will communicate in class mainly in Mandarin Chinese.

Course organization

The course is organization in 8 thematic unites. Each unit will be completed in 20 school days - 4 weeks. Each week students will have an opportunity to further develop their four language proficiency skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing in the intermediate range across the three communicative modes (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) and the five Cs (communication, culture, connections, comparisons and communities) as defined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century.

Course policies:

Regular attendance and being on time to class are expected for all students. Absence from school is the greatest single cause of poor achievement in school.  Successful students are seldom absent or tardy.  The High School Attendance Program will be followed as outlined in your student handbook.

Class participation
Students are expected to participate in class by taking lecture notes, engaging in class discussions, and taking part in all reading, writing, listening and speaking activities which will be conducted in Chinese.  

Missed tests/ Exams or major assignments


You can expect to complete daily homework assignments from your iPad or worksheets provided by the teacher.  Homework must be completed by the start of class the day it is due.  Use your textbook/handouts as a reference guide if you do not understand the homework. Late work is accepted through the end of the current quarter. Grades may be lowered based on the quality of work.  


All assessment activities such as presentations, tests, and projects are designed to show the progress made by students.  It is essential that you be present on summative assessment days in order to keep up with the pace of the course.  Quizzes are assigned throughout the thematic units and serve as a benchmark for vocabulary or grammar in the unit.  These serve as a benchmark for students before larger assessments are given.  Large tests occur approximately after each thematic unit.  Retakes on summative assessments are permitted through the end of the current quarter. Each retake must be done within 5 days after the students get the feedback.

Electronic devices

Electronic Devices:  Electronic devices are defined as cell phones, I-pods or other MP3 player, and gaming platforms (DS/DSI, PSP/PSP go, game boys).  Students are responsible for the safe keep of their electronic devices.  Students are allowed to use electronic devices in the green zone before and after school and anytime during periods 1-8.  The green zone is Cafeterias A, B, & C.  The green zone is marked with green tape.   The rest of the building is a red zone. Students who use their electronic device in the red zone will have their device taken away and cannot get it back until a PM is served.   You may not use your cell phone or mp3 player at anytime in the classroom.  Any use will result in confiscation and property will be returned after detention is served.  SHS is not responsible for lost or stolen electronic devices.

Academic dishonesty

Academic dishonesty:  Academic Dishonesty refers to cheating, copying, plagiarizing, or otherwise representing the work of others as one’s own through verbal, written, graphic,
electronic, or other means. Students determined to have been academically dishonest are subject to disciplinary action. Consequences will depend on the severity of the offense, the number of offenses, the impact on other students and teachers, and/or the curriculum. Academic dishonesty undermines the learning process and will not be condoned.

Grading policy

Students will be asked to show evidence of learning through homework, projects, writing assignments, quizzes, and tests.  In some instances, students will be asked to re-do work and resubmit it.  All graded work will be marked in the following fashion:

4 = MASTERY (A): Tasks or the target of instruction allow students to apply their knowledge and skills to new or related situations or scenarios. A mark of 4 indicates not only
evidence of application and analysis but also includes synthesis and evaluation.

3 = PROFICIENT (B): Tasks or the target of instruction consist of complex knowledge, skills,
application, and analysis.

2 = BASIC (C): Tasks are basic recall and simple skills which include knowledge and

1 = BELOW BASIC (D): There is some evidence of emerging simple skills, gaps in knowledge and unreliable comprehension skills.

0 = NO EVIDENCE (E): There is no evidence of learning including missing work and incomplete work.

Students will be graded on MARKS in this course.

Infinite Campus Plus calculates grades according to the following grading scale

4.00-3.2 = A
3.19-2.4 = B
2.39-1.6 = C
1.59-.8 = D
.79 and below = E

Coursework (20%) + Assessment (80%) + Final Exam (10%) = Semester 1/ Semester 2 Grade

*Coursework is any assignment given as practice before a quiz, test, presentation or culminating project.  Examples would be worksheets, practice writing, listening and reading comprehension check, in class activities, etc.

*Summative Assessment is work given as quizzes, tests, presentations or written assignments in the target language, or culminating project.

Materials Required

• A three-ring binder with 6 dividers labeled as: 1. Handouts  2. New words practice  3. Worksheets  4.Projects  5.Tests/Quizzes  6. Syllabus/Pledge  
• a note book
• a couple of pencils and pens
• 2 dry erase markers to start with and an old sock or washcloth along with a ziplock bag.

Classroom Behavior/Expectations  

• Come to class on time and prepared.
• Speak Chinese in class session all the time (Speak Chinese outside of the classroom is also encouraged).
• Ask questions in Chinese all the time.
• Respect others.
• Students are to be in their seats and ready to begin when the bell rings.
• Remain seated till the teacher dismisses you at the end of the class.
• No food, drinks or gum are allowed in the classroom at any time.


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