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, Advanced, Part I or placement test
Course Length: 12 weeks (Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Course Code: CHL8
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. Successful completion of this course prepares students for Chinese for Elementary Students, Advanced, Part III (CHL9).
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.
A microphone and headset are requirement for this course. Students will also need to purchase a textbook and workbook:
Discovering Chinese Volume 4 Student Textbook (Simplified) - www.betterchinese.com
Discovering Chinese Volume 4 Workbook (Simplified) - www.betterchinese.com
Student will learn and review Chinese festivals and the various traditions associated with them.
Ex: 春节 (Spring Festival), 元宵节 (Lantern Festival), 端午节 (Dragon Boat Festival) and 中秋节 (Moon Festival)
Students will learn and review Chinese phrases and sentences used when shopping, such as to ask the price, to bargain, and to ask for different options.
Ex: 多少钱？ (How much?)， 太贵了，便宜点吧。 (It’s too expensive; please bring down the price a bit.)， 有没有短一点的？(Is there a shorter option/anything shorter?)
Students will learn and review vocabularies and phrases about family members as well as for birthday celebration.
Ex: 生日会 (birthday party), 礼物 (gift), 生日快乐 (Happy Birthday), 身体健康 (Stay healthy)
Students will learn and review vocabularies and phrases about seasons / seasonal activities and how to discuss their preferences for seasons.
Ex: 春天 (spring), 夏天(summer), 秋天(Fall), 冬天(Winter), 旅游(to travel), 滑雪(to ski), 你最喜欢什么季节？(Which season is your favorite?), 我喜欢夏天，因为…(I like summer, because…)
Students will learn essential vocabulary/phrases/sentences about sickness and how to describe common symptoms in Chinese.
Ex: 生病 (to get sick), 感冒 (to catch a cold), 发烧 (fever), 头疼 (headache), 咳嗽 (to cough), 不舒服 (not comfortable), 量体温 (take the temperature), 看医生 (to go and see a doctor)
Students will learn vocabularies & phrases related to buildings on a school campus and how to describe their daily school life.
Ex: 教学楼 (academic building), 体育馆 (gym), 餐厅 (cafeteria), 剧院 (theater), 运动场 (sports ground), 下课后我喜欢去图书馆看书 (I enjoy reading books in the library after class)
Students will learn and review vocabularies of various sports related to a field day and how to report competition results. They will also study the appropriate format for writing diaries in Chinese.
Ex: 赛跑 (running race), 跳高 (high jump), 跳远 (long jump), 投铅球 (shot put), 游泳 (swim), 我得了第一名 (I got the first place)
Student will learn how to describe their neighborhood/community with new vocabularies and phrases.
Ex: 银行 (bank), 邮局 (post office), 咖啡店 (café), 医院 (hospital), 快餐店 (fast food restaurant), 电影院 (cinema), 超市 (supermarket)
Students will learn and review vocabularies and phrases about recreational activities and how to discuss their hobbies.
Ex: 唱歌 (to sing), 跳舞 (to dance), 弹钢琴 (to play the piano), 看故事书 (to read story books), 踢足球 (to play soccer), 看电影 (to watch movies), 你的爱好是什么/你有什么爱好？(What’s your hobby?)
Student will identify the animals in the Chinese zodiac and learn vocabularies / phrases to describe each Zodiac animals’ characters (personalities). Students will also practice describing their own Zodiac animal.
Ex: 鼠 (mouse), 牛 (ox), 虎 (tiger), 兔 (rabbit), 龙 (dragon), 个性 (personality), 猴子非常聪明 (the monkeys are very smart), 羊很温顺 (the sheep are very gentle), 我属兔 (My zodiac animal is the rabbit)
Students will learn how to describe their vacations and activities.
Ex: 旅游 (to travel), 晒太阳 (to bask in the sun), 我打算去海边度假 (I plan to take a vacation on the seashore), 他在社区老人院做义工 (he is volunteering in the community elderly home), 她参加了夏令营 (she joined the summer camp)
Student will learn vocabularies and phrases about basic Chinese geographic and demographic info. Students will also learn about different Chinese cities and places of interest.
Ex: 地理 (geography), 黄河 (the Yellow River), 普通话 (Mandarin), 北京 (Beijing), 上海 (Shanghai), 中国有很多古迹，其中最有名的是长城 (China has many historical sites, the most famous among them is the Great Wall)
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.
"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!”