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Chinese for Elementary School Students, Advanced, Part I

Open to: Grades 2 - 6

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

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Chinese for Elementary Students, Intermediate, Part IV or placement test

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

Course Length: 12 weeks (Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)

Course Code: CHL7

Course Description


This course is for advanced elementary and middle school students. In addition to learning the new vocabulary and phrases, this course emphasizes on reviewing the previously learned vocabulary, expressions, and phrases to make descriptive sentences and to answer short questions accurately. This course has a strong focus on Chinese grammar and sentence structures in addition to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Successful completion of this course prepares students for the Chinese for Elementary Students, Advanced, Part II (CHL8).

Topics include:

  • Position of items, stationary, fruit, animals
  • Professions, Family relationship, several generations in a family
  • Time of day, daily activities
  • Different room in a house, furniture
  • Daily activities and sports
  • Telephone conversation
  • School, courses, school events and activities, sport
  • Five senses and body names
  • Animals in the zoo
  • Friendship, social activities
  • Food, restaurant

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

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

Discovering Chinese Volume 3 Student Textbook (Simplified) -

Discovering Chinese Volume 3 Workbook (Simplified) -

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

第二十五课 它们在哪里 Where are they ?

Student will use new vocabulary to identify the location of things. Ex: 上面(above), 下面 (below), 前面 (in front),后面 (behind),里面 (inside),外面 (outside)

第二十六课 她爸爸做什么工作 ? What does her father do?

Students will learn about different professions, family relationship and sports. Ex: 医生(physician),商人 (businessman),老师(teacher),家厅主妇 (house-wife),中学生 (Middle school student),篮球 (basketball),太极拳 (Tai Chi); using the new and previous words to describe jobs, functions of each job, family member and sports.

第二十七课 我的一天 My day

Students will talk about time of a day, daily activities, school activities. Ex: 现 在几点 (What time is it), 上午(morning),中午(noon) ,下午(afternoon), 三點半(3:30), 七點 四十五分 (7:45), 上學(go to school),放學 (after school),做功課 (do homework), 吃晚飯 (have dinner),睡覺 (go to bed).

第二十八课 这是谁的房间 Whose room is this ?

Students will identify each room in a house, room’s color, size, furniture, use of furniture, activities at home, and review the position of things. Ex: 我的房间很大,是蓝色的 (my room is big and it’s blue), 床 (bed), 沙發 (sofa), 衣柜 (dresser),书架(bookshelf),杂志(magazine),桌子上有电脑 (computer on the table), 在房间里看书 (reading in my room)

第二十九课 他们在做什么 What are they doing?

Students will learn and share their daily activities, Ex: 你在做什么?(What are you doing ?), 我在玩电脑游戏(I am playing computer games) ,小鸟在飞来飞去 (birds are flying)

第三十课 打电话 Making a phone call

Students will learn to make a phone call in Chinese, discuss telephone conversation manners, invite a friend over, and how to take a message. Ex: 请问,。。。在家吗?(Excuse me, is 。。。。there ?) 那么下星期六怎么样? (How about next Saturday then ? ),请他给我回电话好吗?(Would you ask him to call me back ?)

第三十一课 你今天上了什么课 What classes did you have today ?

Students will use vocabulary and grammar to describe their courses, activities and events in school,and also review the day of a week, time of day. Ex: 历史课 (history),生物课(biology),数学课 (math),中文课 (Chinese),体育课 (PE), 都不一样 (totally different),不太一样 (not exactly the same)

第三十二课 我用眼睛看 I see with my eyes

Students will identify the 5 senses on the face in Chinese, what they can do, and also other parts on our body and their purpose. Ex: 听(listen),闻(smell),吃(eat),手(hand), 腿 (leg),踢球(kick the ball), 玩游戏 (play games)

第三十三课 这是李老师的家 Teacher Li’s house

Students will learn and review different room names of a house, location of the room, position of the things, activities in each room, color and units. Ex: 客厅 (living room),厨房 (Kitchen),客厅里有沙发 (sofa in the living room),主卧室有蓝色的床 (A blue bed in the master bedroom), 一个书房 ( a study) , 一只小猫 (a cat).

第三十四课 动物园 The zoo

Students will identify different animals in the zoo, review vocabulary of size and color; and also use different adjectives and conjunction words to describe an animal. Ex: 长颈鹿 (giraffe),斑马(zebra),袋鼠(kangaroo),又可爱又漂亮的熊猫 (pretty and lovely panda),大象的鼻子又长又粗 (elephant has a long and thick nose)

第三十五课 请你来我家玩 Please come play at my home

Students will learn how to invite a friend to a party, special events, activities in a party, and how to accept and decline invitations politely. Ex: 你星期六有空吗 (Are you available on Saturday ?) 请你来我家玩 (Please come play at my home), 我们先玩游戏再吃饭 (We will play games before having dinner).

第三十六课 到中国饭馆吃饭

Students will learnabout  different Chinese food, how to order in a Chinese restaurant, the taste of different Chinese dishes, price, and review adjectives and units. Ex: 烤鸭 (baked duck),古老肉 (sweet and sour pork),西兰花 (broccoli),酸(sour),辣( spicy hot), 苦 (bitter), 一杯茶 (a cup of tea), 一只鸭 ( a duck), 一碗饭 ( a bowl of rice) ,一本书 (a book),二十四块钱 (24 dollars).

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.


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"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."

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