Mandarin in Fourth Grade
Students will start developing language skills in four parts: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will learn vocabulary on topics such as greetings, numbers, families, hobbies, body, holidays and etc. Students will continue to explore reading and writing Chinese characters, and develop the literal and writing skills.
During the class, the teacher will provide various comprehensible inputs and use many different kinds of teaching methods to help students engage in class, such as Total Physical Response (TPR) and Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS).
This course will also use various resources as references — such as Easy Steps to Chinese, My First Chinese Reader, My Fun Chinese, Wukong Hanzi — to help students explore the Mandarin.
In addition, students will also study Chinese culture as part of this course, aiming to make students cognizant of the socio-linguistic and sociological differences between American and Chinese cultures.
Students will be able to:
- Use the Pinyin system with its initials, finals, and compound finals.
- Differentiate amongst the four tones and pronounce them correctly.
- Learn the structures and meanings of some basic radicals.
- Read short paragraphs smoothly.
- Ask and answer basic questions.
- Read, write, and type elementary Mandarin characters and Pinyin.
- Construct sentences using a limited vocabulary.
- Express their thoughts, feelings, ideas, and opinions in sentences.
- Make inferences and connections.
- Recognize different Chinese social contexts and use Mandarin appropriately, through various role-playing exercises and tasks.
- Better understanding and appreciation of the relationship between languages and other cultures.