Chinese 1A

Enrollment Message:

Text, workbook purchase required; see Additional Costs. Student may take placement test from Confucius Institute. If student scores above 80% accuracy on placement level (e.g., score above 80% on 1B), then we recommend enrolling in next higher level (e.g., enroll in 2A). Student may switch levels in first 2 weeks of term per instructor recommendation. Student must sign up for weekly lab session; must have headset with earphones, microphone when attending lab. Instructor will email mentor, parent, student with lab session registration procedures. Instructor will work with student to finalize lab session time within first 2 weeks of term. Student may ONLY choose one weekly lab session. Lab sessions must have 4 to 8 students; may be canceled or combined. "Simplified Chinese Language Pack” must be installed on device used to complete assignments. Installation instructions provided within course. Confucius Institute courses require minimum of 4 enrollments or section may be canceled.

This course is the first in a two-course sequence and is designed for students who have no or limited prior experience in learning Chinese. This course focuses on introducing basic knowledge about Chinese language, pinyin system, and Chinese characters. Topics in this level include greetings, family members, dates and times, hobbies, and visiting friends. Using a flipped design, students will be instructed to complete preview and review activities asynchronously with a suggested pacing-guide. Students are also required to take a 50-minute lab session per week and interact with their instructor and classmates for synchronous learning.

Prerequisites:  None

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to...

  • Initiate brief everyday conversations.
  • Identify and use culturally appropriate greetings and phrases in their everyday situations.
  • Exchange basic information about location, relationships, dates and times, invitations, and interests.
  • Pronounce and type basic Chinese words in pinyin.
  • Count from 1 to 100.
  • Identify cultural characteristics of Chinese family structures, relationships, holidays and festivals, entertainment, food and drink.
  • Compare similarities and differences in cultural practices between China and the students’ culture.

Course Outline:

Unit 1: Pinyin, Pronunciation, Chinese Characters, and Greetings

Unit 2: Family Members

Unit 3: Times and Dates

Unit 4: Discussing Hobbies

Unit 5: Visiting Friends

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: Students enrolled in Chinese – Level 1 are required to purchase the following materials.

1. Students must have a headset with earphones and microphone when attending the lab session.

2. Textbook (2 Options):

  • Yuehua Liu, Tao-chung Yao, Nyan-Ping Bi, Liangyan Ge, and Yaohua Shi; Integrated Chinese, Volume 1, Textbook (Simplified Characters); 4th Edition, Hardcover; Boston, MA; Cheng & Tsui Company, Inc.; 2017; ISBN 9781622911332 (estimated price: $70)

OR

  • Yuehua Liu, Tao-chung Yao, Nyan-Ping Bi, Liangyan Ge, and Yaohua Shi; Integrated Chinese, Volume 1, Textbook (Simplified Characters); 4th Edition, Paperback; Boston, MA; Cheng & Tsui Company, Inc.; 2017; ISBN 9781622911356 (estimated price: $63)

AND

3. Workbook:

  • Yuehua Liu, Tao-chung Yao, Nyan-Ping Bi, Liangyan Ge, and Yaohua Shi; Integrated Chinese, Volume 1, Workbook (Simplified Characters); 4th Edition, Paperback; Boston, MA; Cheng & Tsui Company, Inc.; 2017; ISBN 9781622911363 (estimated price: $30)

Textbook purchases can be made from the publisher, Cheng & Tsui

When making your purchase, enter the promo code: MIVIRTUAL in the promo code box at checkout.

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue diplomas. A final score out of total points earned will be submitted to your school mentor 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.

Technology Requirements: Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube. Students must have a headset with earphones and microphone when attending the lab session. The "Simplified Chinese Language Pack” must be installed on the devices that the students use to complete assignments. Students will be provided with further installation instructions within the course.

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: Basic technology skills necessary to locate and share information and files as well as interact with others in a Learning Management System (LMS), include the ability to:

  • Download, edit, save, convert, and upload files
  • Download and install software
  • Use a messaging service similar to email
  • Communicate with others in online discussion or message boards, following basic rules of netiquette
  • Open attachments shared in messages
  • Create, save, and submit files in commonly used word processing program formats and as a PDF
  • Edit file share settings in cloud-based applications, such as Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides
  • Save a file as a .pdf
  • Copy and paste and format text using your mouse, keyboard, or an html editor’s toolbar menu
  • Insert images or links into a file or html editor
  • Search for information within a document using Ctrl+F or Command+F keyboard shortcuts
  • Work in multiple browser windows and tabs simultaneously
  • Activate a microphone or webcam on your device, and record and upload or link audio and/or video files
  • Use presentation and graphics programs
  • Follow an online pacing guide or calendar of due dates
  • Use spell-check, citation editors, and tools commonly provided in word processing tool menus
  • Create and maintain usernames and passwords

Additional Information:

Textbook and workbook are required purchases; see Additional Costs field of syllabus for details.

Students may take placement tests provided by the Confucius Institute to use as a reference for guiding enrollment. Students are able to switch to a different level in the first two weeks of each semester based on instructors’ recommendations.

Students must sign up for a mandatory weekly lab session. The course instructor will send out emails to mentors, parents, and students with information about the course and lab session registration procedures. SignUpGenius will be used for lab session registration. Instructors will work with students to finalize their lab session times within the first two weeks of each semester. Each student may ONLY choose one weekly lab session. Lab sessions are to have 4 to 8 students. Lab sessions may be canceled or combined.

Students must have a headset with earphones and microphone when attending the lab session.

The "Simplified Chinese Language Pack” must be installed on the devices that the students use to complete assignments. Students will be provided with further installation instructions within the course.

Confucius Institute Chinese courses require a minimum of 4 enrollments or the course offering may be canceled.

Details


School Level: High School
Standards: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages,Michigan World Language Standards and Benchmarks
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 06401
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: MSU - Chinese