Open to: Grades 7 - 12
Course Length: 12 weeks (Fall, Winter, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Recommended School Credit: One-half academic year
Course Code: CH31
This course is a continuation of Chinese Language, Intermediate, Part IV, and is ideal preparation for study abroad as well as the SAT II Subject Test: Chinese and the Chinese AP test. In this advanced level Chinese language course, students will develop the skills necessary to carry on conversations in Chinese, expressing their opinions on issues related to current events, Chinese society, politics, economics, education, and Chinese culture. Lesson topics include Chinese food, Chinese holiday celebration, and leisure and entertainment. The focus is on enhancing the student's ability to read and write Chinese characters and expressions, answer questions in Chinese, compose short answers and paragraphs, and translate texts, both from Chinese to English and from English to Chinese.
Online courses are held twice per week. Students interact with the instructors and other students using Internet-based software. Interactive virtual online sessions are held in the evenings (both EST and PST). A school's need to hold daytime sessions for its students will be honored whenever possible.
Separate conversation sessions between each student and the instructor or teaching assistant are arranged individually.
A textbook purchase is required for this course:
Chinese Odyssey, Vol. 5 Textbook (Simplified & Traditional) By Xueying Wang, Li-chuang Chi, Liping Feng
Students will also need a headset with microphone.
No workbook is needed for this course.
Chinese Holidays Celebration
Leisure and Entertainment
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.
Most course lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but in some cases assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.
"My son is really enjoying the course. He's been trying to teach his sister, my wife, and me Chinese words and phrases. Yesterday, he was telling all of us how to have entire conversations. I'm impressed by how much he's learned over a short period of time and plan for him to continue studying Chinese through Johns Hopkins. He also likes the interaction with the instructor and the other students over the computer."
"At breakfast this morning, my daughter was using Chinese to tell me about banks and banking, this week's lesson. She got very excited at the realization that she was for the first time thinking in Chinese, not English. It was just for an instant, but nevertheless a happy development. Thank you for helping my child learn so much."
“I enjoy the course very much. The individual attention during class makes it a very enjoyable hour, and the friendliness and relaxed atmosphere make class something to look forward to each week. I can’t wait to continue with the next level!