Simplified Chinese Level 3 - 11
This course prepares students for university studies in international languages. Students will be provided with abundant opportunities for increasing their competence and confidence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Mandarin, while developing their creative and critical thinking skills through exploring and responding to a variety of texts in multiple forms. Students will enhance their ability to use Mandarin with clarity and precision, and will develop the language skills needed to engage in sustained conversations and discussions, understand and evaluate information, read diverse materials for both study and pleasure, and write clearly and effectively.
Prerequisite: Simplified Chinese Level 2 - or equivalent
Unit 1: Family (22 hours)
In this unit, students will learn about both traditional and modern Chinese family. Family, embedding special meanings to Chinese, has been refreshed over and over by the dramatic development of Chinese society. The impact of modern culture keeps waving against Chinese's traditional values of family nowadays, which especially reflects in the young generations' lifestyles. We will explore the conflicts between traditional and modern values of family in Chinese society, while developing students' own values in this unit.
Unit 2: Time (22 hours)
Have you ever thought how would you calculate time without a watch, a phone, or any digital product? How would you spend your day without an awareness of time? Well, in this unit, you will learn about how ancient Chinese people spend their hours, days, and years in their own authentic ways. Time may be the most valuable thing in our lives, so was it to the ancient. Through the way both ancient and modern Chinese people spend their time in a year, you will gradually understand their lifestyles, their values, as well as their cultures.
Unit 3: Travel (22 hours)
Traveling becomes the most fashionable way to relax and relief for modern citizens. Traveling has a magic that could bring refreshment to lives. Through visiting new places, new cultures, and new lifestyles, people knows a little bit more about this wonderful world, as well as about themselves. In this unit, we will guide you to some of the most fascinating places in China. During this journey, you will explore the fabulous natural scenery, while experiencing diversity of different cultures within the boundary of China.
Unit 4: Dialect (22 hours)
In the river of Chinese history, many dialects have been pushed into a dominant position. However, with the development and fusion of Chinese society, Mandarin becomes the major language that people use in their everyday life. Some worry about the depression the dialects today, arguing that without certain intervenes those would become extinct, however, scholars stand opposite. In this unit, students will learn about a variety of dialects in China and ideas about their future, in both positive and negative ways. Meanwhile, students will get an idea of how to protect the existing minority languages in China.
Unit 5: Environmental Issues (22 hours)
Among those years, dramatic progress was made in every corner of our society. Accordingly, environmental disruption becomes one of the burning issues, as one of the negative effects of development. China, as the biggest growing country, is facing a dilemma of the balance of economic growth and environmental protection. In this unit, students will learn about the current situation of Chinese environmental disruption, as well as measurements that government has adopted to resist disruptions such as haze. Meanwhile, students will start to think about their own ways to join this environmental revolution.