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Open to: Grades 2 - 6
Prerequisites: Qualifying verbal or math score and successful completion of Chinese for Elementary Students, Advanced, Part III or placement test
Course Length: 12 weeks (Fall, Winter, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Course Code: CHLX
This course is for advanced elementary school students. In addition to learning new vocabulary and phrases, this course emphasizes on reviewing the previously learned vocabulary, expressions, and phrases to make descriptive sentences and to answer short to medium-length questions accurately. This course has a strong focus on Chinese grammar, sentence structure, and culture, as well as listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. In addition, students work on writing responses to essay questions in Chinese. By the end of this course, students should achieve a level of proficiency that will enable them to engage in casual discussions and complete both hand-written and computer-typed assignments in Chinese.
A microphone and headset are required for this course. Students will also need to purchase a textbook and workbook:
Magical Tour of China, Volume 1, Simplified Chinese Textbook
Magical Tour of China, Volume 1, Simplified Chinese Workbook
见到爷爷奶奶 Meeting Grandpa and Grandma
水饺还是睡觉？Dumpling or Sleeping
姑妈还是姨妈？Paternal Auntie or Maternal Auntie
哪里，哪里 Nali, Nali (Please remove “You flatter me)
吃北京烤鸭 Having Beijing Duck
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!”