LKBDU

Simplified Chinese Level 4 - 12


Course Description:

This course prepares students for University studies in international language. 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. Students will also have opportunities to add to their knowledge of Chinese culture in which Mandarin is spoken through the use of community resources and computer technology.

Prerequisite: LKBCU - Simplified Chinese Level 3 - or equivalent

Course Outline

Unit 1: Nice to Meet You (22 hours)

In this unit, students will review the Chinese naming tradition and will discuss how Chinese people get their first names and family names, as well as their English names and web-names. Several examples of naming will be offered, and students will also have the opportunities to share the story of their own names. Then, this chapter moves on to a discussion of Chinese traditional etiquette and a comparison of the different family cultures in China and in western countries. Students will need to complete some speaking and writing tasks during their study of this chapter.

LESSON # LESSON NAME
1-1 Name I
1-2 Name II            
1-3 Revising Your Writing I                                                             
1-4 Chinese Etiquette
1-5 Family

 

Unit 2: Art (22 hours)

In this unit, students will learn knowledge about Chinese art. Chinese art contains many aspects, such as calligraphy, painting, pottery, clothing, music, dance, etc. This unit begins with an introduction into Chinese art, followed by lessons centering on Chinese traditional clothing, classical music and ancient architecture. Various articles, documentary films, videos, pictures and audios will be shown for students to learn more about the origin, development, types, and the current situation of Chinese art. Students will also have the opportunity to share their own knowledge, experience, and views about the art in current Chinese society.

LESSON # LESSON NAME
2-1 Introduction to Chinese Art
2-2 Chinese Traditional Clothing                                                            
2-3 Chinese Classical Music
2-4 Chinese Ancient Architecture                            
2-5 Revising Your Writing II

 

Unit 3: Chinese Culture: Fodd and Drinks (22 hours)

In this unit, students will learn knowledge about Chinese food culture. Students will explore the food culture in China in the following four aspects: the staple food of Chinese people, the famous dishes, western food in China and Chinese food in the world. Students will have the opportunity to share their own knowledge and experience about the four aspects of Chinese food culture mentioned above. They will also understand the origin, the development, and the regional differences of Chinese food, as well as the cooking methods of some famous dishes in China through their study of this chapter. Videos, pictures, films, research reports, etc. will be used to show the richness of Chinese food culture.

LESSON # LESSON NAME
3-1 Staple Food
3-2 Traditional Cuisines
3-3 Other Chinese Food I
3-4 Revising Your Writing III
3-5 Other Chinese Food II                                                
3-6 Chinese Traditional Drinks I
3-7 Chinese Traditional Drinks II

 

Unit 4: Chinese Novels (22 hours)

In this unit, students will learn about the problems and issues faced by the countries all over the world. Through documentary films, videos, audios, texts, stories, and novels, students will not only have an idea of what the global issues are, but also their influences on our planet, the society, as well as the human life. Students will be engaged with various kinds of activities, such as presentations, discussions, debates, essay writing, etc. to explore these current issues and express their own opinions and ideas, as well as to practice their listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills in Mandarin.

LESSON # LESSON NAME
4-1 Chinese Ancient Novels I                                                  
4-2 Chinese Ancient Novels II
4-3 Chinese Modern Novels I
4-4 Chinese Modern Novels II

 

Unit 5: Global Issues (22 hours)

In this unit, students will learn about the problems and issues faced by the countries all over the world. Through documentary films, videos, audios, texts, stories, and novels, students will not only have an idea of what the global issues are, but also their influences on our planet, the society, as well as the human life. Students will be engaged with various kinds of activities, such as presentations, discussions, debates, essay writing, etc. to explore these current issues and express their own opinions and ideas, as well as to practice their listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills in Mandarin.

LESSON # LESSON NAME
5-1 World Population
5-2 Education
5-3 Technology