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AP Chinese Language and Culture (NCAA Approved)

Open to: Grades 9 - 12

Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required

Prerequisites: Three or more years of Chinese Language instruction and a satisfactory result on the CTY Online Programs Chinese Language placement test.

Course Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

Course Length: 30 weeks (Academic Year)

Recommended School Credit: One academic year

Student Expectations: Students are strongly encouraged to work an average of 5-7 hours per week for the 30-week session with breaks for holidays.

Course Code: APCL

Course Description


AP Chinese Language & Culture course is designed to provide students with various opportunities to further improve their proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to be ready for the AP Chinese exam held every May. Students enrolled in this course will also have the maximum exposure to Chinese cultural elements that are integrated in the process of learning the language. This course includes a laboratory component designed to meet College Board standards and has been reviewed and approved by the College Board.

The primary goal of this course is to enable students to master conventions of communication through the exploration of topics reflecting multiple aspects of Chinese society and culture. The general flow of a unit comprises vocabulary, sentence patterns, text analysis, application of vocabulary and patterns, supplementary reading, and finally, writing assignments and tests. Students should be able to achieve the following objectives:

  • Develop communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
  • Understand the textbook lessons and supplementary materials and participate in discussions of the cultural aspects of the readings in Chinese.
  • Use the knowledge gained through course materials to develop critical thinking and writing skills to compose essays in Chinese on given topics.
  • Use the Chinese language to communicate effectively both in the school setting and in real-life situations.
  • Use the Chinese language as they seek clarifications through the use of communication and language learning strategies that are running elements of the course.
  • Carry on a conversation or a discussion with other students in class.

Online courses are held once a week during the 30 week academic year session and twice a week during the 12 week intensive sessions. Students interact with the instructors and other students using internet-based software. Interactive virtual online sessions are held in the evenings (both ET and PT). A school's need to hold daytime sessions for its students will be honored whenever possible.

This course has synchronous virtual class meetings and students will also schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor and teaching assistant. View the schedule for class meeting times. Meetings will be recorded for students who are unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts.

Virtual classrooms, and student activities in the classroom, may be recorded and added to the course as an ongoing asset for all class students to review. Students may be invited to interact in CTY community spaces that include students and instructors and potentially specially invited guests that are not enrolled in their course. Videos from YouTube or other web providers may be present in the course. Video recommendations or links provided at end of videos are generated by the video host provider and are not CTY recommendations. Student contributions (e.g., projects, forum posts, etc.) may remain in the course after the student completes the course. These artifacts may be preserved to showcase student work or to continue important conversations.

Materials Needed

Students will need a headset with microphone. A textbook and workbook are required for this course:

Magical Tour of China textbook   Magical Tour of China workbook

Although a Chinese-English dictionary is not required, it may be useful as a personal reference for the duration of this course.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

WeekLessonCultural Elements
1, 2, 3Making DumplingsChinese Food Culture
4, 5, 6ShuttlecockChinese Sports
7, 8, 9Xiaolong is SickChinese Medicine
10, 11, 12Meeting a New FriendSocializing in China
13, 14, 15Different Types of Chinese Kung FuHistory of Chinese Kung Fu
16Review for the Midterm
17, 18, 19At the TeahouseChinese Families & Relations
20, 21, 22Beijing’s Si He Compound HousesChinese Parks and Museums
23, 24, 25Visit to Hou HaiSeasons and Weather in China
26, 27, 28Goodbye, ChinaWrap Up
29Review & Practice
30Review for Final Exam

Technical Requirements

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.

Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom which can be used for instructor-student communication if the student has any questions about the course or curriculum. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch any recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.

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.

This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.

While Chromebook can be used to progress through the course, all exams must be completed on a PC or Mac.



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