AP Chinese (Sem 2)

Enrollment Message:

This course includes REQUIRED due dates. All due dates in AP courses offered in Semester 2 occur prior to the national AP exam date published by the College Board.

At this level, students continue their preparation for the Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese Language and Culture Exam. Students continue to develop their integrated skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, and will be guided to pay more attention to their usages in interactive daily life and formal settings. Meanwhile, students will deepen their knowledge of Chinese culture through Chinese history, Chinese literature and arts. Harvest Shouhuo is the primary textbook used in this course, along with other supplementary materials, such as AP practice test, Chinese stories, newspaper articles and video clips. The course engages the students in an exploration of both contemporary and historical Chinese, including topics as travelling, famous people and history, literature and arts. The course is delivered entirely online in Chinese. Students will acquire more sophisticated linguistic elements to increase their language abilities. Language skills are enhanced through interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational activities. Listening skills are developed during class discussions, listening exercise, watching video clips movies, etc. Reading skills are improved through various readings of essays and articles, newspaper articles, advertisements, biographies, plays, and poetry. Speaking skills are practiced through debates, pair and group discussions, acting from scripts and interview. Written strategies are introduced to guide students organizing the compositions; students practice the written skills through bi-weekly compositions. To help students get familiar with the test format, assignments designed in AP exam format and the previous AP exams are provided. Students are frequently assessed on character-handwriting skill, vocabulary usage, expressive abilities and listening and comprehension skill. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored. Prerequisites: Chinese 4A, 4B or equivalent level of Chinese with proficiency of 1600-2000 Chinese words.

Course Objectives: At this level, students continue their preparation for the Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese Language and Culture Exam. Students continue to develop their integrated skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, and will be guided to pay more attention to their usages in interactive daily life and formal settings. Meanwhile, students will deepen their knowledge of Chinese culture through Chinese history, Chinese literature and arts. Harvest Shouhuo is the primary textbook used in this course, along with other supplementary materials, such as AP practice test, Chinese stories, newspaper articles and video clips.

• The course engages the students in an exploration of both contemporary and historical Chinese, including topics as travelling, famous people and history, literature and arts.

• The course is delivered entirely online in Chinese.

• Students will acquire more sophisticated linguistic elements to increase their language abilities.

• Language skills are enhanced through interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational activities.

• Listening skills are developed during class discussions, listening exercise, watching video clips movies, etc.

• Reading skills are improved through various readings of essays and articles, newspaper articles, advertisements, biographies, plays, and poetry.

• Speaking skills are practiced through debates, pair and group discussions, acting from scripts and interview.

• Written strategies are introduced to guide students organizing the compositions; students practice the written skills through bi-weekly compositions.

• To help students get familiar with the test format, assignments designed in AP exam format and the previous AP exams are provided.

• Students are frequently assessed on character-handwriting skill, vocabulary usage, expressive abilities and listening and comprehension skill.

• In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored.

Course Outline:

Unit 4 Travel and Society

4.1Transportation and Traveling

4.2 The Global Village

4.3 Review 4.4 Changes in daily life

4.5 Overseas Chinese

4.6 Review

Unit 5 Famous People and History

5.1 Historical figures

5.2 Contemporary famous people

5.3 Review

5.4 History of China

5.5 Geography of China

5.6 Review

Unit 6 Literature and Arts

6.1 Literatures

6.2 AP Practice Test

6.3 Arts

6.4 Music appreciation

6.5 Review Final Test

Resources Included:

Additional Costs: Students must purchase the following textbook. Note: this purchase comes with the textbook, a workbook, and an accompanying audio program. Xu Jialu, Chen Fu, Wang Ruojiang, Zhu Ruiping. Harvest Intermediate Chinese Textbook 2nd Edition. CENGAGE Learning, 2014.

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: https://michiganvirtual.org/about/support/knowledge-base/technical-requirements/ 

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.

Additional Information: The official course descriptions for Advanced Placement courses and information about their exams are located on the College Board site at a http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/descriptions/index.html

Michigan Virtual prepares students in AP courses for the AP exam, but does not offer the exam test itself.  It is the responsibility of the school or parent to register for a local administration of the AP exam.  

There are required due dates in AP courses. The pacing of due dates in AP courses aligns to the completion of all lessons and required assignments and assessments prior to the national AP exam date related to this course title. The calendar of AP exam dates is published by the College Board (Exam Calendar).

Resource Books (Optional): Yea-Fen Chen, Meng Yeh, Frances Yufen Lee Mehta, Mei-Ju Hwang, Yuanchao Meng, and Natasha Pierce. Chaoyue: Advancing in Chinese. Columbia University Press, 2010. Xu Jialu, Chen Fu, Wang Ruojiang, Zhu Ruiping. Harvest Intermediate Chinese Workbook 2nd Edition. CENGAGE Learning, 2014. Shen, Yan. Barron’s AP Chinese Language and Culture 2nd Edition. Barron’s Educational Series, 2014. Wei-ling Wu, Hain-lan Tsai, Shwu-Fen Lin, Lin Young, Vivian T. Yu. A Study Guide to the AP Chinese Language & Culture Test. The Far East Book Co., Ltd, 2013. Bih-Hsya Hsieh, Sunny X.Yu. AP Chinese Language and Culture Simulated Tests. Nan Hai Publishing, 2013 Phyllis Zhang. Developing Chinese Fluency, CENGAGE Learning, 2009. Cheng& Hsui. Integrated Chinese Level 2 Part 2 Textbook (3rd Edition). CHENG& HSUI, 2010.

Details


School Level: High School
Standards: College Board: AP Course Topics and Objectives
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 06405
MDE Endorsement Code: FR - Chinese (Mandarin)
MMC Minimum Requirements: World Language

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: MSU - Chinese
Instructor Provider: Confucius Institute

Course Type: Advanced Placement