School Year: 2014-2015

Class Description

Chinese 1A is a beginning-level Chinese class for students who do not have any background. We will introduce the sound system, basic grammar, and basic conversation skills of the Chinese language. We concentrate on all the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and written. In this class, we will study the vocabulary, grammar, social factors, and dialects etc. of the Chinese language in the following settings: the world and China, Greetings, family and Friends, and Daily Life part 1.
This class is taught in an interactive classroom setting. Students are required to actively participate in all class activities. Such as games, student presentations, projects, and role plays etc.. You will not only learn from the textbook and your teacher, but also learn from each other. It is critical that you take the initiative of exploring the culture and language outside the classroom so that you can share the learning with the class


  • Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 1(From School Library)
  • Supplemental Materials provided by the teacher

Class Requirement and Assessment

Attendance (5%)

Timely arrival and being able to stay for the full class session are expected.
You are expected to be in the classroom when the Bell rings. Please take care of personal business before the Bell rings, including bathroom and lockers.
Þ No bathroom is allowed for the first 15 minutes of the class.
Þ No Purchasing Drink is allowed during the class period.
Þ Please have your class material ready before you come to the class, including notebook, pencils, flashcards, textbook, homework assignment etc.
Þ You have up to 5 minutes to use the bathroom during the class. (Under normal circumstances)
Every unexcused absence will result in 3 points deduction from your final grade. Every 3-Tardies will result in a 3-points deduction from your weekly attendance points.

Active class participation (15%)

You are required to participate assigned classroom activities. Refuse to participate will result in up to 15 points deduction from your final grade.
There will be a variety of venues for your participation in the classroom, including group discussions, and questions and comments about the homework, assignment and projects. A simple question or a short comment from you may just be right to set a great conversation going. Try to form the habit of speaking up early in the trimester. Please be attentive and respectful to your fellow classmates and your teachers when they speak.

Classroom Discipline (10%)

Talking during the class without teacher’s permission is restricted.
Cell phone use, listening to personal music with ear buds or speakers are not permitted in the classroom, unless is teacher-directed activity. The use of technologies includes, but not limited to, use of personal computers/laptops needs to obtain permission from the teachers.

Quizzes (25%)

Þ There are quizzes for each lesson, including vocabulary, speech and grammar.
Þ There are surprise quizzes at the end of the classes. The quiz content will be the knowledge covered in that class.
Þ There are four unit tests.

Project (10%)

Project One:
This is an individual project – self introduction
This project will be recorded in video format.
This project will be done out of class period. You can choose your own locations
The details of the project will be provided later.

Project Two:
Character Poster

Homework/ in class assignments (20%)

Homework is expected to be turned in on the following school day. Delayed homework is expected to be turned in within one week from the due date. After the one-week period, any homework turned in will only get half the points.
There are also in-class assignments that are expected to be turned in before the end of the class. No late in-class assignment will be accepted.
There are going to be on-line assignments, recording assignments.

Exams (15%)

There will be one final exam.


93.0 – 100 A 90.0 – 92.9 A-
87.0 – 89.9 B+ 83.0 – 86.9 B 80.0 – 82.9 B-
77.0 – 79.9 C+ 73.0 – 76.9 C 70.0 – 72.9 C-
67.0 – 69.9 D+ 63.0 – 66.9 D 60.0 – 62.9 D-
0 – 59.9 E

A student, who engages in academic dishonesty at any point during a final examination, whether the examination takes place one day or multiple class periods, will receive a grade of zero (0) for the entire final exam grade.

At the end of CHI 1A class, you are expected to be able to write the following characters:

L1: 你好 请问 贵姓 我 呢 叫 什么 是 老师 吗 不 学生 也 人 中国 美国
L2: 那 的 照片 这 爸爸 妈妈 哥哥 姐姐 弟弟 妹妹 儿子 女儿 孩子 他/她 没有 家 几 谁 两 和 都 做

At the end of CHI 1A class, you are expected to be able to know the following vocabulary:
In addition to the above vocabulary,

我 我的 我们 我们的
你 你的 你们 你们的
他 他的 他们 他们的
她 她的 她们 她们的
加拿大 墨西哥 日本 法国 英国
中文 英文 日文 法文
北京 纽约