LKBDU: Simplified Chinese – Level 4

LKBDU: Simplified Chinese – Level 4

$590$680

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

 

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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.

They will study different genres of Chinese literature, classical and modern, through reading, discussions, presentations, and research projects. They will study subjects about Chinese culture, history, and modern Chinese society as well. This course aims to foster students’ independent thinking and their ability to appreciate literacy work and analyze lexical and syntactic characteristics of modern Chinese. Students will enhance their ability to use the language with clarity and precision and engage in sustained conversations and discussions. They are going to develop writing skills through essays and independent projects. They will have chance to explore Chinese philosophy, arts and society through films and documentaries, which will make their study more enjoyable.

OVERALL EXPECTATION

Oral Communication: Listening

By the end of this course, students will: 
1. Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of oral messages, communicated in various situations and for a variety of purposes.

Specific Expectations:
By the end of this course, students will: 
1. Demonstrate an understanding of vocabulary and language structures appropriate to the level by responding appropriately to a variety of oral messages and identifying key ideas and information (e.g., comment on views expressed in conversations and discussions);
2. Demonstrate the ability to extract information from complex oral messages conveyed through various media and formal presentations (e.g., prepare a synopsis of a radio or television documentary that focuses on current issues);
3. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural aspects of Mandarin by identifying regional differences in Mandarin as well as different levels of language.

Oral Communication: Speaking

By the end of this course, students will: 
1. Communicate orally in various situations and for a variety of purposes, using language appropriate to the level.

Specific Expectations:
By the end of this course, students will: 
1. Use standard pronunciation and intonation in Mandarin with accuracy and fluency;
2. Participate in conversations and group discussions using vocabulary and language structures appropriate to the level (e.g., take part in a debate on desirable careers);
3. Express personal opinions and explain ideas in a variety of prepared and open-ended conversations (e.g., participate in a video conference with students from another school or country);
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the Chinese culture of countries in a variety of creative activities (e.g., dramatize a literary work).

Reading

By the end of this course, students will: 
1. Read age- and language-appropriate passages from various sources for a variety of purposes

Specific Expectations:
By the end of this course, students will: 
1. Read, for comprehension of main ideas and supporting details, selections from a variety of texts,* including a minimum of three genres (e.g., novels, plays, film scripts);
2. read aloud with accuracy and fluency;
3. demonstrate the ability to make inferences and predictions concerning characters and events in short stories and novels, as well as connections between ideas and facts in non-fiction works;
4. respond to a range of texts in a variety of media by relating the ideas and themes treated to contemporary issues and personal experiences;
5. demonstrate an understanding of the Chinese culture where Mandarin is spoken in a variety of complex and well-researched projects (e.g., prepare a presentation on a historical or cultural topic using a variety of print resources).

Writing

By the end of this course, students will: 
1. Write for a variety of purposes and audiences, using increasingly broad vocabulary and sophisticated language structures.

By the end of this course, students will: 
1. Write reports and compositions using increasing broad vocabulary and sophisticated language structures for a variety of purposes (e.g.,write a book or film review);
2. Express ideas and feelings in writing, using increasingly complex forms (e.g. write short essays and narrative, descriptive, and expository passages);
3. Revise and edit their work for accuracy of content and logical organization of ideas, with input from peers and the teacher;
4. Edit and proofread their work with attention to accuracy in the use of vocabulary and language structures, using input from peers and the teacher as well as a variety of other resources;
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the culture of China where Mandarin is spoken in well-researched reports and essays (e.g. write an essay on the literature, music, or art of China where Mandarin is spoken).

OUTLINE OF COURSE CONTENT

Unit Name of Unit Time Allocated in Hours
Unit 1 It’s nice to meet you! 22
Unit 2  Art 21
Midterm Point
Unit 3 Chinese Culture: Food & Drinks 32
Unit 4 Chinese Novels 20
Unit 5 Global Issues 15
  Total 110 hours

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1: It’s nice to meet you!
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.

Unit 2: Art
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.

Unit 3: Chinese Culture: Food & Drinks
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.

Unit 4: Chinese Novels
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.

Unit 5: Global Issues
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.

TEACHING / LEARNING STRATEGIES

A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be used in this course to meet the needs of a diverse range of learners.

· Video Watching
· Teacher modeling
· Role playing
· Brainstorming
· Internet searches
· Reading comprehension
· Independent research
· Formal written assignments
· Oral presentations
· Composition writing
· Memorizing
· Collaborative learning

According to the Ontario curriculum, grades 9 to 12: Program Planning and Assessment, 2000, teachers who are planning a program in classical studies or international languages must take into account considerations in a number of important areas which include English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Literacy Development (ELD). Because the Mandarin course focuses on the development of essential language and communication skills, it can be of considerable benefit to most students at Rosedale Academy, who are engaged in the task of developing these skills in the English language. The Mandarin course will also provide them with language knowledge that can be of great assistance in understanding the fundamental principles that are operative in the English language. The Mandarin teacher will work closely with parents, fellow teachers, guidance counselors, school administrators, and community support networks to ensure the ESL/ELD students derive maximum benefit from Mandarin study.

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. Every attempt is made to accommodate students’ individual needs, in order to increase their success in the course. Critical thinking skills such as identifying bias and view point, debating, analyzing primary sources, and problem solving will be the focus of many activities. Note-taking and guided internet searches are examples of the research skills that students will practice. Students will also have many opportunities to develop their skills in communication through formal presentations, role playing g, and book reviewing.

* STRATEGIES FOR ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE (To be added)

ASSESSMENT / EVALUATION

Teachers should ensure that students’ work is assessed and/or evaluated in a balanced manner with respect to the four categories:

Knowledge and Understanding (20%-30%) Thinking (20%-30%)
Knowledge of the required linguistic elements (grammar, vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation);
Understanding of materials read;
Understanding of spoken language.
Critical and creative thinking skills
Inquiry skills (e.g., formulating questions, planning, selecting strategies and resources, analyzing and interpreting information, forming conclusions).
Communication (20%-30%) Application (20%-30%)
Communication of information and ideas, orally and in writing;
Communication for different audiences and purposes;
Use of various forms of communication.
Use of the required language structures and vocabulary;
Making connections (e.g., between the language and the culture, including the arts, and the world outside the school).

 

Term Evaluation: 70% of the final grade will be based on evaluations conducted throughout this course. This portion of the grade should reflect the students’ most consistent level of achievement throughout this course, although special consideration should be given to the most recent evidence.

Final Evaluation: 30% of the final grade will be based on final evaluation in the form of an examination, performance, essay, and/or other method of evaluation suitable to the course content and administered toward the end of course.

The achievement of particular expectations is considered within the appropriate categories. The four categories should be considered as interrelated, reflecting the wholeness of learning.

Evaluation Activities, 70% Final Exam, 30% Course Grade Total, 100%

 

To view the complete Achievement Chart, please click here.

A Summary Description of Achievement in Each Percentage Grade Range And Corresponding Level of Achievement

Percentage Grade Range Achievement Level Summary Description
80–100% Level 4 A very high to outstanding level of achievement.  Achievement is above the provincial standard.
70–79% Level 3 A high level of achievement.  Achievement is at the provincial standard.
60–69% Level 2 Moderate level of achievement.  Achievement is below, but approaching the provincial standard.
50–59% Level 1 A passable level of achievement.  Achievement is below the provincial standard
Below 50% Level R Insufficient achievement of curriculum expectations.  A credit will not be granted

RESOURCES REQUIRED BY THE STUDENT

Language Proficiency Assessment / Placement Test

 

PROGRAM PLANNING CONSIDERATION

Role of Technology in the Curriculum

Rosedale Academy courses leverage the power of information and communication technologies to provide rich, dynamic learning experiences. Students explore, evaluate and create concepts and works using a wide array of digital tools. They demonstrate their learning through text, video, voice and visual assignments that teach multi-literacy and media skills. Students also enhance their computer and technology skills in ways that are useful for their future academic and personal pursuits.

Rosedale teachers get to know their learners, provide rich, descriptive feedback and assess student contributions and products AS, FOR and OF learning through digital technologies. They enable rapid feedback and communication at any time without borders in our global community.

Tool Use Benefit
Discussion forums Whole class discussion (written) Creates a record of each student’s contributions.
Group activities Small group collaboration and discussions (written) Encourages student participation; creates a record.
Live Skype sessions Toronto teacher leads the lesson with students as a class Observations of whole class and individual students
Databases Students upload words, phrases, files, surveys, etc. to the database for peer assessment, presentation, or research Student-centered data, peer assessment (as learning)
Glossary Vocabulary reference and recording Allows students to reference key course vocabulary and make contributions to help other students
Workshop Students submit work for peer assessment to Moodle. Peers assess each others’ work based on rubrics, etc. Promotes assessment as learning
Peer Teaching Students research a given topic and share their findings and opinions with other students. Fosters discussion between students and allows for content to be learned and expressed from a student perspective
Padlet Bulletin board activities showing content found around the internet Allows a space for collaborative research for students and an opportunity to share ideas and resources
Thinglink Annotation of images and text Allows students to comment and annotate text to improve critical reading skills and complete activities
Journals Small group discussions using problem solving Improves students’ critical inquiry, and reflective thinking skills about the concepts learned within the course

English as a Second Language

Rosedale Academy provides students with comprehensive ESL support to enhance their proficiency with the English language.

  • All Rosedale Academy instructional materials and resources are designed with English Language Learners in mind. Online and face-to-face instructional resources make use of differentiated learning methods and carefully structured language. These resources support English language development as students are taking credit courses in all academic fields.
  • Teachers at Rosedale Academy provide a variety of accommodations for English Language Learners. These accommodations include:  extended time for tests and exams; chunking of assignments and tests; a safe space for asking questions; formative feedback; mini-lessons in spelling, sentence structure and grammar; and access to ESL resources and expert discussion.
  • The self-paced delivery method of this course allows students to take the time that they require to engage in meaningful participation while still enjoying the enriching experience of working in an online global classroom.
  • All teachers at Rosedale Academy are responsible for helping students to develop their ability to use English in academic courses.

Career Education

This course promotes skills effective for a variety of careers and informs students of some of the career opportunities where oral and written communication is considerable assets. Students will learn how to use English to inform audiences about ideas, persuade audiences to change their opinion or buy a product, and to formulate ideas. Students will also understand the importance of social media in their search for future education and career opportunities. Finally, this course also helps to prepare students for university application by providing a unit that helps them write a persuasive application essay.  Beyond the immediate needs of the student, this also course focuses on demonstrating the value of English in jobs like business where clear communication is highly valued.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and academic integrity throughout their participation in all courses. This includes avoiding any instance of fraud, plagiarism and cheating.  Rosedale Academy takes the following steps to ensure academic integrity:

  • Students provide photo identification
  • Course assignments include audio and video components
  • Teachers Skype weekly with their classes
  • Students are encouraged and supported to develop original work
  • Exams are proctored by adults in trusted positions

When a teacher has reasonable grounds to believe that a student has violated these standards, the school principal will review the incident and, if needed, enforce disciplinary procedures. More information aboutAcademic Honesty may be found in section 5.3 of the school calendar.

Late and Missed Assignment

Rosedale Academy provides a flexible, self-paced learning opportunity, which allows students to proceed through each course at their own speed.  Students may submit any assignment from any unit while he or she is enrolled in this course.  Assignments will not be accepted once the student’s enrolment period has ended. Students must complete and submit all course requirements prior to booking their final exam. Course requirements include but are not limited to: assignments, tests, and learning log.

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