Fees: IB Exam Fee as appropriate; AP Exam Fee as appropriate

Learning Recommendations: Students should have strong study skills and expect to commit to an average of 30 minutes of homework per night. In addition, students must have a strong grasp of all simple and complex tense and a strong grasp of Chinese characters.

General Description: IB Mandarin Chinese 1 (SL) will prepare the student to communicate competently in the skill areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening in preparation for the Standard Level exam in May. The IB student is mature, self-motivated, linguistically competent, and studious. In IB Mandarin Chinese 1 (SL), students and teachers will be communicating almost exclusively in Chinese and the IB level students will be able to utilize conversational Chinese to function in the class without the use of English.

Content: This course follows the guidelines of the IB curriculum for students who speak Mandarin Chinese as a second language. Themes include:

  • Communication and media
  • Global questions
  • Social relationships
  • Science and technology
  • Health
  • Cultural diversity

Strategies: Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Thematic units covering culture, literature and current events
  • Essays
  • Live and taped oral presentations
  • Discussion and analysis of literature, media sources, art and film
  • Interviews
  • Debates

Equipment to be provided by Student: Composition notebook and Chinese/English dictionary or electronic dictionary