IHS

Learning Recommendations:  Successful completion of Mandarin Chinese 4 with a Grade B or higher or upon teacher's approval. Grade 10-12.

General Description:  The course aims to help students prepare for the Chinese AP exam. The course will emphasize enriching students’ knowledge of various aspects of Chinese culture and society such as festivals, history, geography, population, environmental conservation and protection, science and technology, education and jobs, and families and communities. Students will learn to apply their cultural knowledge to communicative tasks by acquiring rich vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and complex sentence structures. Chinese proverbs, poetry, contemporary TV shows and films will be incorporated into the learning activities. At the end of the course, students will be able to move beyond a basic knowledge of the products and practices of Chinese culture to understand how these products and practices reflect a Chinese way of viewing the world.

Content: The topics of this course includes the introduction of the Chinese festivals, history, geography, population, environmental conservation and protection, science and technology, education and jobs, and families and communities. The course gives a comprehensive review of grammar, syntax, and verb tenses that is equivalent to the 200~300 level of college Chinese.

Strategies:  Students will learn through an interrelated series of lessons and activities that promote the use of language in a variety of contexts.

  • Spoken interpersonal and presentational communication; exchange and presentation of information, ideas and opinions in conversations, dialogues, skits, etc. in formal and informal settings
  • Written interpersonal and presentational communication; exchange and presentation of information, ideas and opinions in a variety of media on a variety of topics in formal and informal setting. Includes writing essays, editorials, emails, etc.
  • Audio, visual and audiovisual interpretive communication; use of authentic audiovisual sources for listening comprehension
  • Written and print interpretive communication; use of a variety of written and print resources for reading comprehension
  • An important part of the course is practicing all sections of the AP exam.

Homework:  Students are expected to spend an hour daily on homework.

Course Fee / Materials:  This course uses Integrated Chinese Book 4 Textbook and Workbook, provided by the district with no fee. In addition, this course will use Barron’s Chinese AP Test Prep Book: AP Chinese Language and Culture, which you will need to purchase on your own.

AP courses at IHS challenge students with rigorous college-level work. By succeeding in college-level work while still in high school, students in AP courses develop confidence in their abilities and learn essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.

AP courses provide the opportunity for students to earn college credits. In order to earn college credit, students must register for the AP exam for this course. AP exam fees vary each year. Scholarships are available for students who qualify. AP exam registration takes place in September and October. College credit can be earned with a passing score on the AP exam, but the score qualification and amount of credits gained vary by college.