Chinese Language Learning – Junior High | Level I
*This class is a required pre-requisite for High School Level 2
This course will prepare your student well for further understanding this critical language and beginning to understand ancient Chinese culture.
Chinese High School Course Objectives:
• Students learn basic elements of phonetics of Chinese characters: Pinyin, tones, and rhythm
• Students learn basic strokes and the order of the strokes to recognize the structures of Chinese characters
• Students learn to read and speak Chinese from the situational texts with scenario pictures to enhance understanding
• Students learn Chinese culture through topics in each unit lesson
This textbook has ten unit lessons, each comprising text, reading and speaking, words and phrases, sentence making, and a unit story.
Lesson I: Cangjie’s invention of Chinese Characters.
Students learn the legendary story about Cangjie’s invention of Chinese Characters, which are hieroglyphics.
Lesson II: A Fable
Students learn the fable about a lamb trying to eat a white flower on a hill.
Lesson III: A Story about Joking
Students learn a funny story about joking about what to eat in a home setting.
Lesson IV: Making a Guess
Students learn a story about making a guess about who is the older brother and who is the younger brother in a school setting.
Lesson V: A Folk Tale
Students learn about a folk tale in which a wolf in disguise was trying to enter the locked house of a little girl.
Lesson VI: Song of The Mountain and an Ancient Poem
Students learn a fairy tale poem about the song of the mountain and a classic ancient poem called On the Stork Tower by Wang ZhiHuan.
Lesson VII: Spring Festival
Students learn basic facts about the Chinese Spring Festival.
Lesson VIII: A Fairy Tale Poem
Students learn a fairy tale poem about how a horse, frog, fish, bird, snail, brother, and sister get home.
Lesson VIIII: How Many Books? A Prose
Students learn a simple math story in a classroom setting. Students also learn prose about an ancient brush.
Lesson X: A Fairy Tale About A Mouse
Students learn the fairy tale about a mouse called BeiBei, learning a lesson about bravery.
At the back of the textbook is an English translation of the unit stories for all lessons and a vocabulary chart with English translation. Besides the textbook, the workbook is also required for this course. There will be two mid-term exams and two final exams.
Required Textbook: MeiZhou Chinese Meizhou Chinese simplified Level 1
Full Year Course – 1 Credit of High School Foreign Language: Your True North Homeschool Academy teacher will teach and grade the class. The coursework your child will complete in this high school level course is equal to one credit hour, which your homeschool may award upon completion of the course. If you need help determining your students’ credits or creating a transcript, check out our Academic Advising.