Study Mandarin Chinese language online for high school credit at Sterling Academy! Chinese language study is not only available for Sterling Academy full-time students, but also students from other schools who do not have Chinese courses available at their school. Since we are an AdvancED/SACS accredited school, your credits are generally easily transferable to your local school.
WHAT IS COVERED IN OUR MANDARIN CHINESE COURSES?
Our online high school Mandarin Chinese courses feature a variety of activities. Each unit introduces a vocabulary theme and grammar concept. Activities to practice the material learned include reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and games. Every unit also includes a lesson on Chinese culture. Assessments (quizzes and exams) include set answer questions (i.e. multiple choice), writing portions, and speaking portions.
The courses have been carefully aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Listed below are some examples of what is specifically covered in each high school course. The lists of topics and grammar points are not complete lists, but give substantial examples of what is covered.
Mandarin I A
Topics in the first semester online high school Mandarin I course include greetings, numbers, months and days, colors, rooms and household items, and illnesses.
Grammar covered includes measure words, plurals, asking questions, adjectives and opposites, describing differences, possessives, and describing where things are.
Students are introduced to pinyin and tone marks immediately, and later in the semester are introduced to Chinese characters.
Activities in first semester Mandarin I include creating your own story and writing a song or poem.
Mandarin I B
Topics in the second semester online high school Mandarin I course include addresses, family, school, food, recipes, eating utensils, clothing, going to a movie, animals, drawing words, nature, going on a trip, and directions (getting around town).
Grammar covered includes repeating words, when/while/during, describing things, comparisons, time placement, near and far, directions.
Mandarin II A
Topics in the first semester online high school Mandarin II course include sports, seasons and activities, feelings and emotions, Internet/TV/gaming, places and things to do in a city, hobbies, weather, professions, transportation, and international cities.
Grammar covered includes ordinal numbers, choosing the right verb for the right sport, how to express feelings, expressing arriving with dao, using different buts, measure words, using if, when and superlatives.
Mandarin II B
Topics in the second semester online high school Mandarin II course include music and instruments, holidays, Chinese cooking, a Chinese love story, marriage, extended family, dialects, idioms, and philosophy.
Grammar covered includes: How to express spending time, expressing understanding, expressing what you can do, compliments, before/after, the phrase "and with me go," using fillers, using verbs, passives, cognates, metaphors, "this way…that way…", the many meanings of xiang, and giving advice.
Part of the final exam in Mandarin II B requires the student to write ten sentences on a topic using Chinese characters.
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