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PreK and ES Curriculum

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PreK and Kindergarten Curriculum

PreK and Kindergarten

 

Course Description

This course aims to help students develop communicative competence in order to communicate confidently with Chinese speakers. Students will develop basic concept in Chinese in a range of everyday situations related to family, numbers, food, school life and Chinese culture.

Standards and Benchmarks

  • Understand and appreciate a good range of spoken text including simple literary work.
  • Understand spoken text for various purposes in familiar contexts.
  • Interact and present confidently for various purposes in a range of situations.
  • Use a range of linguistic elements accurately and fluently.
  • Demonstrate willingness and the ability to participate in all activities that involve the use of Chinese.
  • Understand and appreciate the characteristics of the Chinese writing system and the formation of characters.
  • Confidently read text with controlled vocabularies.
  • Understand that language and culture represents each other.

  • Assessment

    Assessments will be conducted with a standard based, criterion-reference approach and through a variety of methods, such as: dialogue, role-play, and presentation. These assessments will be used to evaluate students’ performance as well as to facilitate their learning.

    Teaching and Learning Resources

    Multiple resources will be used to meet the learning needs of our students. Students will be exposed to authentic resources to maximize their learning, using a wide range of text types including story, song, rhyme, poster, signs, picture, selected from different media and technology learning sources.

    Classroom Agreements

  • Be respectful of themselves, others and school property at all times.
  • Come to class on time and with all necessary materials.
  • Demonstrate their best effort in completing assignments, participating in classroom discussions and activities, and performing to the best of their abilities.
  • Grade 1 Curriculum

    Foundation

    Course Description

    This course is designed for students who have little or no prior experience of learning Chinese. This course aims to help students build up a very basic communicative competence in Chinese. Students will be able to communicate information in a limited range of everyday situations related to the topics covered in the Foundation course, including greetings, numbers, family members, body parts, classroom objects, hobbies, months, countries, transportation and color.

    Standards and Benchmarks

  • Inter Cultural Understanding
    • Develop an awareness of similarities and differences between cultures, demonstrate a positive attitude and respect for diversity and reflect on own cultural identity.
  • Oral Communication
  • Intermediate

     

    Course Description

    This course is designed for students who have prior experience of learning Chinese. This course aims to help students build up communicative competence in Chinese. Students will be able to communicate information in a limited range of everyday situations related to the topics covered, including good manners, shopping, family, body, animals and plants, direction, weather, color and Chinese culture.

    Standards and Benchmarks

  • Inter Cultural Understanding
    • Develop an awareness of similarities and differences between cultures, demonstrate a positive attitude and respect for diversity and reflect on own cultural identity.
  • Oral Communication
    • Understand and appreciate a limited range of spoken text on simple and learned topics.
      Interact and speak confidently in controlled contexts.
      Use learned expressions accurately and fluently in controlled contexts.
      Use learned words and phrases for authentic purposes in classroom and beyond.
      Demonstrate willingness and the ability to participate in all activities, which involve the use of Chinese.
  • Reading Comprehension
    • Read and appreciate a limited range of simple written texts in a comfortable context.
      Understand basic facts or main ideas in simple written text.
      Recognize the features of a limited range of text types.
      Confidently read text with controlled vocabularies.
  • Written Communication
    • Understand and appreciate the characteristics of the Chinese writing system and the formation of characters.
      Write spontaneously and understand the possible meanings that might be created for readers.
      Form meaningful characters in various contexts.
      Communicate meanings purposefully and successfully on paper or electronic media.

    Assessment

    Assessments will be conducted with a standard based, criterion-reference approach and through a variety of methods, such as: dialogue, role-play and written productions. These assessments will be used to evaluate students’ performance as well as to facilitate their learning.

    Teaching and Learning Resources

    Multiple resources will be used to meet the learning needs of our students. Students will be exposed to authentic resources to maximize their learning, using a wide range of text types including story, song, rhyme, list, poster, picture and video, selected from different media and technology learning sources.

    Classroom Agreements

  • Be respectful of themselves, others and school property at all times.
  • Be prepared for class.
  • Finish my homework on time.
  • Keep things neat and tidy.
  • Always be a good listener when someone else is speaking.
  • Advanced

     

    Course Description

    This course is designed for students who have studied the Intermediate course or have the equivalent level of communicative skills. Advanced course aims to help students build up communicative competence and become a proficient communicator in Chinese. Students will be able to handle a variety of communicative tasks in most conversations on topics related to self-esteem, nature, family, school life, Social relationship and cultural diversity.

    Standards and Benchmarks

  • Inter Cultural Understanding
    • Develop an awareness of similarities and differences between cultures, demonstrate a positive attitude and respect for diversity and reflect on own cultural identity.
  • Oral Communication
    • Understand and appreciate a good range of spoken text including simple literary work. Understand spoken text for various purposes in familiar and unfamiliar contexts. Interact and present confidently for various purposes in a range of situations. Use a range of linguistic elements accurately and fluently. Demonstrate willingness and the ability to participate in all activities that involve the use of Chinese.
  • Reading Comprehension
    • Read and appreciate a variety of simple written texts in familiar and some unfamiliar context. Understand information, ideas, opinions and attitudes presented in a range of written text on learned topics. Understand the features of a range of text types. Confidently read short text with discrete or connected sentences.
  • Written Communication
    • Understand and appreciate the characteristics of the Chinese writing system and the formation of characters. Write for genuine purposes in various contexts. Communicate information and ideas by writing on various media, either experimenting or following conventions.

    Assessment

    Assessments will be conducted with a standard based, criterion-reference approach and through a variety of methods, such as: dialogue, role-play, presentation and a limited range of reading and writing tasks. These assessments will be used to evaluate students’ performance as well as to facilitate their learning.

    Teaching and Learning Resources

    Multiple resources will be used to meet the learning needs of our students. Students will be exposed to authentic resources to maximize their learning, using a wide range of text types including interview, advertisement, song and rhyme, story, diary, brochure, list, poster, rhyme, poem, selected from different media and technology learning sources.

    Classroom Agreements

  • Be respectful of themselves, others and school property at all times.
  • Come to class on time and with all necessary materials.
  • Demonstrate their best effort in completing assignments, participating in classroom discussions and activities, and performing to the best of their abilities.
  • Grades 2 - 5 Curriculum

    Foundation

     

    Course Description

    This course is designed for students who have little or no prior experience of learning Chinese. This one-year course aims to help students build up a very basic communicative competence in Chinese. Students will be able to communicate information in a limited range of everyday situations related to the topics covered in the Foundation course, including greetings, numbers, family members, body parts, classroom objects and daily routine, color.

    Standards and Benchmarks

  • Inter Cultural Understanding
    • Develop an awareness of similarities and differences between cultures, demonstrate a positive attitude and respect for diversity and reflect on own cultural identity.
  • Oral Communication
    • Communicate effectively and confidently with linguistic competence and intercultural understanding.
      Understand and appreciate a very limited range of spoken text on studied topics.
      Understand spoken text of learned material, mostly short utterances in classroom or everyday context.
      Respond and present on studied topics in simulated situations.
      Understand that spoken words connect people and participate confidently in oral interactions.
      Use learned words and expressions.
      Use simple, short and discrete sentences with frequent pause and repetition.
  • Reading Comprehension
    • Critically read and engage with authentic written texts for meanings relevant to self, the community and the world.
      Read and appreciate a very limited range of written text in classroom setting.
      Identify and comprehend basic facts and main ideas in simple written text on studied topics.
      Recognize the basic features of a very limited number of text types, genres and registers.
      Confidently read simple text with limited vocabulary, grammar and structure, applying appropriate reading skills.
  • Written Communication
    • Write in Chinese effectively and confidently with linguistic competence and intercultural understanding.
      Write very limited words and phrases on studied topics in classroom setting.
      Write to provide and require personal information or to express very limited ideas and preferences.
      Use learned words and phrases accurately in writing.
      Use words and phrases appropriately following limited conventions.

    Assessment

    Assessments will be conducted with a standard based, criterion-reference approach and through a variety of methods, such as: dialogue, role-play, presentation, reading comprehension test, and written productions. These assessments will be used to evaluate students’ performance as well as to facilitate their learning.

    Teaching and Learning Resources

    Multiple resources will be used to meet the learning needs of our students. Students will be exposed to authentic resources to maximize their learning, using a wide range of text types including interview, map, advertisement, web page, email, note, story, diary, brochure, list, poster, picture and letter, selected from different media and technology learning sources.

    Classroom Agreements

  • Be respectful of themselves, others and school property at all times.
  • Come to class on time and with all necessary materials.
  • Demonstrate their best effort in completing assignments, participating in classroom discussions and activities, and performing to the best of their abilities.
  • Foundation High

     

    Course Description

    This course is designed for students who have studied the Foundation course or have the equivalent level of communicative skills in Chinese. This one-year course aims to help students build up the basic communicative competence of Chinese. Students will be able to communicate information in a range of everyday situations related to the topics covered in the Foundation High course, including food and drink, shopping, sports, neighborhood, animals, education, health and holidays.


    Standards and Benchmarks

  • Inter Cultural Understanding
    • Develop an awareness of similarities and differences between cultures, demonstrate a positive attitude and respect for diversity and reflect on own cultural identity.
  • Oral Communication
    • Communicate effectively and confidently with linguistic competence and intercultural understanding.
      Understand and appreciate a very limited range of spoken text on studied and some familiar topics.
      Understand spoken text of learned material, mostly short utterances in classroom or everyday context.
      Respond and present on studied topics in simulated situations.
      Understand that spoken words connect people and participate confidently in oral interactions.
      Use learned words and expressions.
      Use simple, short and discrete sentences with frequent pause and repetition.
  • Reading Comprehension
    • Critically read and engage with authentic written texts for meanings relevant to self, the community and the world.
      Read and appreciate a very limited range of written text in everyday context.
      Identify and comprehend basic facts and main ideas in simple written text on studied topics.
      Recognize the basic features of a very limited number of text types, genres and registers.
      Confidently read simple text with a basic vocabulary, grammar and structure, applying appropriate reading skills.
  • Written Communication
    • Write in Chinese effectively and confidently with linguistic competence and intercultural understanding.
      Write a very limited range of texts on studied topics in classroom settings.
      Write to provide and require personal information or to express very limited ideas and preferences.
      Use learned vocabulary and grammar accurately in writing.
      Use words and phrases appropriately following limited conventions.

    Assessment

    Assessments will be conducted with a standard based, criterion-reference approach and through a variety of methods, such as: dialogue, role-play, presentation, reading comprehension test, and written productions. These assessments will be used to evaluate students’ performance as well as to facilitate their learning.

    Teaching and Learning Resources

    Multiple resources will be used to meet the learning needs of our students. Students will be exposed to authentic resources to maximize their learning, using a wide range of text types including pictures, short stories, notes, diaries, journal, magazines, and newspaper etc., selected from different media and technology learning sources.

    Classroom Agreements

  • Be respectful of themselves, others and school property at all times.
  • Come to class on time and with all necessary materials.
  • Demonstrate their best effort in completing assignments, participating in classroom discussions and activities, and performing to the best of their abilities.
  • Intermediate

     

    Course Description

    This course is designed for students who have studied the Foundation High course or have the equivalent level of communicative skills in Chinese. This one-year course aims to help students build up an intermediate level of communicative competence in Chinese. Students will be able to handle a variety of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations, although conversation is generally limited to those predictable and concrete exchanges necessary for survival in Chinese culture. Intermediate Chinese will cover a range of topics: personal details, family, friends, shopping, food, house objects and environment.


    Standards and Benchmarks

  • Inter Cultural Understanding
    • Develop an awareness of similarities and differences between cultures, demonstrate a positive attitude and respect for diversity and reflect on own cultural identity.
  • Oral Communication
    • Communicate effectively and confidently with linguistic competence and intercultural understanding.
      Understand and appreciate a limited range of spoken text on familiar topics.
      Understand spoken text for limited purposes in basic survival situations.
      Interact and present confidently on familiar topics in basic survival situation.
      Demonstrate the ability to engage in conversation in familiar contexts, showing awareness of register.
      Use a limited range of expressions accurately and fluently in familiar context.
      Use full sentences with attempts to connect them.
  • Reading Comprehension
    • Critically read and engage with authentic written texts for meanings relevant to self, the community and the world.
      Read and appreciate a limited range of written texts in survival context.
      Understand basic facts, main ideas and some supporting points in simple written text on familiar topics.
      Understand the features of a limited range of text types, genres and registers.
      Confidently read text with controlled vocabulary and connected sentences, applying appropriate reading skills.
  • Written Communication
    • Write in Chinese effectively and confidently with linguistic competence and intercultural understanding.
      Write a limited range of texts on everyday topics in familiar context.
      Write to provide and require information or to present limited ideas, feelings and opinions.
      Use limited expressions accurately in writing.
      Write with linguistic and cultural appropriateness, using basic conventions and cohesive devices.

    Assessment

    Assessments will be conducted with a standard based, criterion-reference approach and through a variety of methods, such as: dialogue, role-play, presentation, reading comprehension test, and written productions. These assessments will be used to evaluate students’ performance as well as to facilitate their learning.

    Teaching and Learning Resources

    Multiple resources will be used to meet the learning needs of our students. Students will be exposed to authentic resources to maximize their learning, using a wide range of text types including interview, map, advertisement, web page, email, note, story, diary, brochure, list, poster and letter, selected from different media and technology learning sources.

    Classroom Agreements

  • Be respectful of themselves, others and school property at all times.
  • Come to class on time and with all necessary materials.
  • Demonstrate their best effort in completing assignments, participating in classroom discussions and activities, and performing to the best of their abilities.
  • Intermediate High

     

    Course Description

    This course is designed for students who have studied the Intermediate course or have the equivalent level of communicative skills in Chinese. Intermediate High is a two-year course that aims to help students build up communicative competence and become a capable communicator in Chinese. Students will be able to converse with ease and confidence when dealing with the routine tasks and social situations. During the 2014-2015 School Year we will offer the Intermediate High (a) course and focus on these topics: school life, sports, hobby, health, weather, clothing.


    Standards and Benchmarks

  • Inter Cultural Understanding
    • Develop an awareness of similarities and differences between cultures, demonstrate a positive attitude and respect for diversity and reflect on own cultural identity.
  • Oral Communication
    • Communicate effectively and confidently with linguistic competence and intercultural understanding.
      Understand and appreciate a limited range of spoken text on familiar topics.
      Understand spoken text for limited purposes in basic survival situations.
      Interact and present confidently on familiar topics in basic survival situation.
      Demonstrate the ability to engage in conversation in familiar contexts, showing awareness of register.
      Use a limited expressions accurately and fluently in familiar and some unfamiliar context.
      Use full sentences with attempts to connect them.
  • Reading Comprehension
    • Critically read and engage with authentic written texts for meanings relevant to self, the community and the world.
      Read and appreciate a limited range of written texts in survival context.
      Understand specific information, ideas and supporting details in a range of written text on common topics.
      Understand the features of a limited range of text types, genres and registers.
      Confidently read text with common vocabulary and connected sentences, applying appropriate reading skills.
  • Written Communication
    • Write in Chinese effectively and confidently with linguistic competence and intercultural understanding.
      Write a limited range of texts on everyday topics in familiar context.
      Write to provide and require information or to present limited ideas, feelings and opinions.
      Use limited expressions accurately in writing.
      Write with linguistic and cultural appropriateness, using basic conventions and cohesive devices.

    Assessment

    Assessments will be conducted with a standard based, criterion-reference approach and through a variety of methods, such as: dialogue, role-play, presentation, reading comprehension test, and written productions. These assessments will be used to evaluate students’ performance as well as to facilitate their learning.

    Teaching and Learning Resources

    Multiple resources will be used to meet the learning needs of our students. Students will be exposed to authentic resources to maximize their learning, using a wide range of text types including song, interview, social networking site, web page, email, label, story, postcard, brochure, list, poster and essay, selected from different media and technology learning sources.

    Classroom Agreements

  • Be respectful of themselves, others and school property at all times.
  • Come to class on time and with all necessary materials.
  • Demonstrate their best effort in completing assignments, participating in classroom discussions and activities, and performing to the best of their abilities.
  • Advanced

     

    Course Description

    This course is designed for students who have studied the Intermediate High course or have the equivalent level of communicative skills. Advanced is a two-year course that aims to help students build up communicative competence and become a proficient communicator in Chinese. During the 2014-2015 School Year we will offer the Advanced (a) course, students will be able to handle a variety of communicative tasks in most informal and some formal conversations on topics related to Social relationship, Chinese scenery, food, School life, lifestyles and cultural diversity.


    Standards and Benchmarks

  • Inter Cultural Understanding
    • Develop an awareness of similarities and differences between cultures, demonstrate a positive attitude and respect for diversity and reflect on own cultural identity.
  • Oral Communication
    • Communicate effectively and confidently with linguistic competence and intercultural understanding.
      Understand and appreciate a range of spoken text.
      Understand spoken text for various purposes in familiar contexts.
      Interact and present confidently for various purposes in a range of familiar situations.
      Demonstrate the ability to maintain conversation flow in familiar and some contexts, using appropriate register.
      Use a range of expressions accurately and fluently.
      Demonstrate the ability to vary language use in some sustained oral discourses.
  • Reading Comprehension
    • Critically read and engage with authentic written texts for meanings relevant to self, the community and the world.
      Read and appreciate a variety of written text in familiar and a range of unfamiliar context.
      Understand information, ideas, opinions and attitudes presented in a range of written text on common topics, including simple literary work.
      Understand the features of a range of text types, genres and registers.
      Confidently read text with complex sentences and extended discourses, applying appropriate reading skills.
  • Written Communication
    • Write in Chinese effectively and confidently with linguistic competence and intercultural understanding.
      Write a range of texts on most common topics in familiar contexts.
      Write to present ideas, feelings and opinions or to present simple arguments.
      Use a range of vocabulary and grammar accurately in writing.
      Write with linguistic and cultural appropriateness, using cohesive devices and conventions comfortably.

    Assessment

    Assessments will be conducted with a standard based, criterion-reference approach and through a variety of methods, such as: dialogue, role-play, presentation, reading comprehension test, and written productions. These assessments will be used to evaluate students’ performance as well as to facilitate their learning.

    Teaching and Learning Resources

    Multiple resources will be used to meet the learning needs of our students. Students will be exposed to authentic resources to maximize their learning, using a wide range of text types including speech, social networking site, song, web page, email, story, blog, report and fiction and non-fiction books, selected from different media and technology learning sources.

    Classroom Agreements

  • Be respectful of themselves, others and school property at all times.
  • Come to class on time and with all necessary materials.
  • Demonstrate their best effort in completing assignments, participating in classroom discussions and activities, and performing to the best of their abilities.
  • Advanced High

     

    Course Description

    This course is designed for students who have studied the Advanced course or have the equivalent level of communicative skills. Advanced High is a two-year course that aims to help students build up communicative competence and become a proficient communicator in Chinese. Students will be able to hand with ease and confidence a large number of communicative tasks. During the 2014-2015 School Year we will offer the Advanced High (a) course and will cover a range of topics: world culture heritage, leisure and work, environment, cultural Diversity and literary works, including Chinese fables, poem and novel.


    Standards and Benchmarks

  • Inter Cultural Understanding
    • Develop an awareness of similarities and differences between cultures, demonstrate a positive attitude and respect for diversity and reflect on own cultural identity.
  • Oral Communication
    • Communicate effectively and confidently with linguistic competence and intercultural understanding.
      Understand and appreciate a range of spoken text.
      Understand spoken text for various purposes in a range of contexts.
      Interact and present confidently for various purposes in a wide range of situations.
      Demonstrate the ability to maintain conversation flow in a range of contexts, using appropriate register.
      Use a wide range of expressions accurately and fluently.
      Demonstrate the ability to enrich language use in sustained oral discourses.
  • Reading Comprehension
    • Critically read and engage with authentic written texts for meanings relevant to self, the community and the world.
      Read and appreciate a limited range of written texts in survival context.
      Understand specific information, ideas and supporting details in a range of written text on common topics.
      Understand the features of a limited range of text types, genres and registers.
      Confidently read text with common vocabulary and connected sentences, applying appropriate reading skills.
  • Written Communication
    • Write in Chinese effectively and confidently with linguistic competence and intercultural understanding.
      Write a limited range of texts on everyday topics in familiar context.
      Write to provide and require information or to present limited ideas, feelings and opinions.
      Use limited expressions accurately in writing.
      Write with linguistic and cultural appropriateness, using basic conventions and cohesive devices.

    Assessment

    Assessments will be conducted with a standard based, criterion-reference approach and through a variety of methods, such as: dialogue, role-play, presentation, reading comprehension test, and written productions. These assessments will be used to evaluate students’ performance as well as to facilitate their learning.

    Teaching and Learning Resources

    Multiple resources will be used to meet the learning needs of our students. Students will be exposed to authentic resources to maximize their learning, using a wide range of text types including song, interview, social networking site, web page, email, label, story, postcard, brochure, list, poster and essay, selected from different media and technology learning sources.

    Classroom Agreements

  • Be respectful of themselves, others and school property at all times.
  • Come to class on time and with all necessary materials.
  • Demonstrate their best effort in completing assignments, participating in classroom discussions and activities, and performing to the best of their abilities.
  • Language A

     

    Course Description

    This course is designed for students who have experience of using Chinese in an academic context. Language A course is a four-year course that aims to help students develop their communicative competence in order to participate fully in conversations on a variety of topics in formal and informal settings, using register in ways that are culturally authentic. Students will study a range of literary texts from different periods, styles and genres.


    Standards and Benchmarks

  • Inter Cultural Understanding
    • Develop an awareness of similarities and differences between cultures, demonstrate a positive attitude and respect for diversity and reflect on own cultural identity.
  • Oral Communication
    • Communicate effectively and confidently with linguistic competence and intercultural understanding.
      Understand and appreciate a wide range of spoken texts, both literary and non-literary.
      Understand spoken text in a wide range of contexts and how language can sustain or change ways of thinking.
      Interact and present confidently with clarity, logic and imagination, using appropriate register and genre for the audience and context.
      Interact confidently at a native level of cultural reference for a wide range of purposes, using language effectively to achieve desired effect.
      Use language idiomatically and creatively at a near native level of accuracy and fluency.
      Use language with cohesiveness, coherence and a hint of richness.
  • Reading Comprehension
    • Critically read and engage with authentic written texts for meanings relevant to self, the community and the world.
      Read and appreciate a great variety of written text, both literature and non-literature.
      Understand the full content and effect of a range of written text.
      Understand the features of an extensive range of text types, genres and registers.
      Confidently read text with extended discourses, applying appropriate reading skills.
  • Written Communication
    • Write in Chinese effectively and confidently with linguistic competence and intercultural understanding.
      Write a wide range of texts to address general topics.
      Write essays and creative pieces and understand that language can touch and influence people.
      Use an extensive range of vocabulary and grammar accurately in writing.
      Write confidently with clarity, logic and imagination, using appropriate register and genre for the audience and context.

  • Literature Study
    • Understand literary works as an enjoyable journey into culture and as an in-depth study of the Chinese language.
      Understand a range of literary texts from different periods, styles and genres.
      Understand how authors achieve their intended effects and purposes.

    Assessment

    Assessments will be conducted with a standard based, criterion-reference approach and through a variety of methods, such as: dialogue, role-play, presentation, reading comprehension test, and written productions. These assessments will be used to evaluate students’ performance as well as to facilitate their learning.

    Teaching and Learning Resources

    Multiple resources will be used to meet the learning needs of our students. Students will be exposed to authentic resources to maximize their learning, using a wide range of text types including story books, articles from journal and magazines, report, blog, web page, speech and interview, etc., selected from different media and technology learning sources. Local textbooks will also be used.

    Classroom Agreements

  • Be respectful of themselves, others and school property at all times.
  • Come to class on time and with all necessary materials.
  • Demonstrate their best effort in completing assignments, participating in classroom discussions and activities, and performing to the best of their abilities.
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