Chinese II

Pre-Requisites: Chinese I
Credits: 1.0
Estimated Completion Time: 32-36 weeks


Chinese II enables students to further develop the communicative skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing of Mandarin Chinese at a more advanced level. Students are immersed in Chinese culture as virtual exchange students in China. Virtual excursions from one Chinese city to another expand their vocabulary helping them learn to interact with others and use appropriate terms to communicate in a variety of everyday situations.

Major Topics and Concepts

Module 01: School Life

  • Travel Checklist and Guide
  • Trip Preparations
  • Introductions and Greetings
  • School Subjects and Supplies
  • Time Telling and Class Schedule
  • Character Writing
  • Beijing

Module 02: Sports and Leisure Activities

  • Sports
  • Leisure Activities
  • Health and Fitness
  • Shaolin Temple in Henan Province

Module 03: Occupations

  • Seeking Employment
  • Occupations and Skills
  • Careers Writing Characters
  • Beijing and Chicago
  • Careers

Module 04: Travel

  • Map of China
  • Travel Arrangements
  • Transportation
  • Weather
  • Writing Characters
  • 4 Corners

Module 05: Places Where We live

  • Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  • Feng Shui
  • My Home
  • School Buildings
  • Suzhou Gardens

Module 06: Community and Celebrations

  • Western and Chinese Holidays
  • Moon Festival
  • Chinese Spring Festival and Chinese Valentine's Day
  • Festival
  • Different Chinese Festivals

Module 07: Food and Clothes

  • Ordering at a Restaurant
  • Going to the Market
  • Going to a Banquet
  • Chinese Banquets
  • Food and Culture

Module 08: Art, Music, and Recreation

  • Art
  • Music
  • Recreational Activity
  • Art, Music, and Recreation Writing Characters
  • Tour Summary

Grading Policy

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, the course guides students to reflect on their learning and to evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of self-checks and practice problems, worksheets, assignments, discussion based assessments, collaborative assessments, pre-tests and practice tests, quizzes, discussions, hands-on activities, and module and semester exams. Instructors evaluate progress and provide interventions through the variety of assessments built into a course, as well as through contact with the student in other venues.

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