Chinese 4B

Enrollment Message:

Purchase of text or eText required. Chinese courses must have a minimum of 4 enrollments or the section may be cancelled.

This course is the second in a two-course sequence. In this course, students continue to develop their vocabulary and understanding of grammar by focusing on its usage in daily experiences. More formal speech and written-style language will be introduced. Cultural information will be integrated within the teaching of reading, writing, and speaking. In addition, concrete requirements are specified for Chinese Character learning and writing. Students are expected to rely more on characters without Pinyin. This course helps students continue their preparation for the Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese Language and Culture Exam administered by the College Board and is taught by a native Chinese instructor. Prerequisites: Chinese 4A - Mandarin

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

• expand their vocabulary, grammar, and cultural knowledge through individual, pair, and whole-class activities in topics related to their daily lives, including personality, hobby, technology, working, education, occupation, and geology.

• engage in small talk with a native speaker easily; talk more about Chinese culture, daily life, and social activities with native speakers.

• practice their Chinese language in interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal modes of communication.

• improve communication skills in an authentic environment with more cultural coverage of relevant cultural information; express ideas with paragraphs; begin to master sentence structures, idioms and daily expressions.

• continue to build a solid foundation towards AP Chinese course.

Course Outline: At this level, students continue their preparation for the Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese Language and Culture Exam administered by the College Board. In Chinese 4B, students continue to develop their Chinese vocabulary and understanding of grammar, and will be guided to pay more attention to usages in interactive daily life.

• At the same time, students continue deepening their knowledge of Chinese culture.

• While cultural study continues to serve as a contextual backdrop of language learning as in previous courses, the emphasis on culture in 4B is heavier as a subject of study and as a way of understanding China’s past and present.

• In addition, concrete requirements are specified for Chinese Character learning and writing, better aligned for AP.

• 4B will be taught by a native Chinese instructor who has rich experiences in teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

• A mandatory weekly synchronous group learning activity is emphasized in this course to enhance real time student-instructor and student-student interaction.

Resources Included:Online lesson instruction and activities, opportunities to engage with a certified, online instructor and classmates, when appropriate, and online assessments to measure student performance of course objectives and readiness for subsequent academic pursuits.

Additional Costs: The required text is available in a paperback and e-text version. Student only needs to purchase one version. If you purchase the digital version, be aware that the instructor's lessons and assignments will be prepared for the hard copy text and the student will need to figure out the corresponding locations in the digital version. Adobe Digital Reader (free) is required for the e-text version.  Required Textbook – Paperback (Student book only; to be purchased by student). "Integrated Chinese, Level 2 Part 1 Textbook," 3rd Edition (Simplified & Traditional) Paperback. Available from Amazon.com, or at http://www.cheng-tsui.com/store/products/integrated_chinese/integrated_chinese_level_2_part_1_textbook_3rd_edition_simplified_0 for more information. OR Required Textbook - eTextbook. (Student book only; to be purchased by student). "Integrated Chinese, Level 2 Part 1 eTextbook," 3rd Edition (Simplified & Traditional). Available from Amazon.com or at http://www.cheng-tsui.com/store/products/integrated_chinese/integrated_chinese_level_2_part_2_etextbook_3rd_edition_simplified for more information.

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 CustomerCare@michiganvirtual.org 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 customercare@michiganvirtual.org 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: Students must sign up for a mandatory weekly lab session by the first week of class. Please go to https://pro2.educ.msu.edu/CIlabregistration/ to register the student for a lab session. Please record the lab session confirmation number.* Each student may ONLY choose one weekly lab session. * Lab sessions are to have 4 to 8 students. Lab session may be canceled or combined. MSU-CI Chinese courses have a minimum of 4 enrollments or the course could be canceled.

Details


School Level: High School
Standards: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 06404
MDE Endorsement Code: FR - Chinese (Mandarin)
MMC Minimum Requirements: World Language

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Confucius Institute
Instructor Provider: Confucius Institute

Course Type: Confucius Institute