Chinese Courses

In an effort to help our students meet the needs, demands and opportunities associated with globalization, the department is offering Chinese. This course will be geared to those students who wish to begin their study of Chinese. Please consult with the department chairperson if you have questions.

A “C-“ average at the end of the year in a World Language course indicates, unless otherwise stated, that the student may advance to the next year of language study, however, teachers in the World Language Department will make their level recommendations based on departmental grade average guidelines as well as demonstrated skill development.


Chinese I 546 (non-leveled)

Grouping: Heterogeneous

Elementary Chinese: This course is for students who wish to begin the study of Mandarin Chinese. It is an introduction to spoken Chinese using the Pinyin system of Roman letters. Students learn to converse simply and are introduced to the writing of Chinese in simplified characters. Considerable oral practice and frequent written exercises lead students to a mastery of the grammar and the tones of Chinese. Through student-centered activities students will develop the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The focus will be on the development of the conversational skill. In addition, students will begin to develop an appreciation of Chinese culture that will better prepare them to interact in a global society.



Chinese II AE 547

Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: C- or higher in Chinese 1

This course begins with a brief review of the basic communicative structures and basic vocabulary of the Chinese 1 course. The goals of Chinese 2 are to increase oral proficiency in conversation while continuing to reinforce listening skills, and to introduce more complex grammar patterns, broader vocabulary and expressions. Reading and simplified character writing skills will continue to be developed through textbook, authentic multimedia sources, interaction with native speakers as well as in- and outside classrooms and language labs. Students will continue to explore diverse cultures of the Chinese-speaking world and changing trends of ancient traditions in modern societies.



Chinese III AE 548

Grades 10-12 Grouping: Homogeneous

Prerequisite: C- or higher in Chinese II AE or at the discretion of the department head in consultation with the teacher of Chinese. In addition, any student who has not studied Chinese in AB must take a placement test which will be administered in early March.

This course continues the third year study of the Chinese language at a moderate pace.



Chinese III H 549

Grades 10-12 Grouping: Homogeneous

Prerequisite: C or higher in Chinese II or permission of the department head in consultation with the teacher of Chinese. In addition, any student who has not studied Chinese in AB must take a placement test for entry to this level. This will be administered in early March.

This course offers students the opportunity to continue their study of Chinese and/or to enter the Chinese program as a Heritage-speaker of Chinese. This third year accelerated course in Chinese is for students of proven linguistic ability who want to continue developing proficiency as they expand vocabulary and grammatical structures. Communication skills in speaking and writing will be developed through authentic materials, group activities, projects, and presentations.  Language laboratory listening, dialoguing, and Chinese typing are integral parts of this course. Expanded knowledge of Chinese culture, literature, history, and modern development of the country will be acquired through readings, discussions, interaction with invited guest speakers, and field trips.