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CHINESE

 

Chinese 1 is an introduction to the Chinese language and culture. The four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are developed. Students will participate actively and cooperatively in classroom activities, engage in guided conversation and write using basic vocabulary and structures. Cultural information about daily life and social customs is integrated into the curriculum. Good study skills and attention to detail are essential to success.
 
Chinese 2 is a continuation of Chinese 1 with an emphasis on the Chinese language grammatical system as well as the functional use of the language. Students continue to develop their reading and writing skills and their knowledge of Chinese culture.
 
Chinese 2 Honors  is a continuation of Chinese 1 with an emphasis on oral expression and comprehension. Students continue to develop their reading and writing skills and their knowledge of Chinese culture. Higher standards in terms of motivation, diligence and academic performance are expected from the students in this class.
 
Chinese 3 is a class for students who have successfully completed Chinese 2 and wish to expand their knowledge and usage of the language. There is continued emphasis on the practical uses of Chinese in more complex structural forms. Student will begin to gain understanding of basic aspects of Chinese culture and make connection between Chinese and other subjects such as geography, social studies, and the fine arts.
 
Chinese 3 Honors is a class for students who have successfully completed Chinese 2 Honors and wish to expand their knowledge and usage of the language. Chinese 3 Honors introduces sophisticated topics and emphasizes using of authentic materials. Culture learning and development of insight into the nature of the language and culture are integrated into the curriculum. Students are expected to reach higher levels of proficiency in the target language in terms of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Student will begin to gain understanding of basic aspects of Chinese culture and make connection between Chinese and other subjects such as geography, social studies, and the fine arts.
 
Chinese 4 is a class for students who have successfully completed Chinese 3 and wish to expand their knowledge and usage of the language. Students will develop their knowledge of Chinese language and culture to an advanced level of study. Further emphasis is placed on speaking and listening to Chinese along with exposure to more advanced reading and writing opportunities.
 
Chinese 4 Honors introduces students to the highest level of Chinese study available at York. Students will continue their study of Chinese and expand their knowledge in Chinese language and culture. Successful completion of this course will enable students to continue their study of Chinese to more advanced levels in post-secondary institutions.