Open to: Grades 7 - 12
Course Length: 12 weeks (Fall, Winter, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Recommended School Credit: One-half academic year
Course Code: CH34
This course is the final class in our secondary Chinese program. It is the continuation of Chinese Language, Advanced, Part III, which is ideal for study abroad preparation as well as SAT II Subject Test - Chinese and Chinese AP test preparation. In the third year of studying Chinese, students will develop the skills necessary to carry on conversations in Chinese, expressing their opinions in issues related to current events, Chinese society, politics, economics, education, and aspects of Chinese culture such as food, holidays, and traditions. Lesson topics include Government and Politics and Environmental Protection. The main focus here is the ability to read and write Chinese characters and expressions freely, answer questions in Chinese, compose short answers and paragraphs, and translating texts from Chinese to English and vice versa.
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.
Students will need a headset and microphone. A textbook purchase is also required for this course:
Chinese Odyssey, Vol. 6 Textbook (Simplified & Traditional) Innovative Chinese Courseware by Xueying Wang, Lichuang Chi, Liping Feng
No workbook is needed for this course.
Although a Chinese-English dictionary is not required, it may be useful as a personal reference for the duration of this course.
Lesson 49 – Government and Politics – 政治
Lesson 50 – Environmental Protection – 环境保护
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!