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6th grade Mandarin Syllabus 2016-2017

Course Description and Objectives: Welcome to 6th grade Mandarin! This course is designed for beginners with no or little prior knowledge of Chinese language.  The goal of this class is to initiate students in the development of four skills in Mandarin — listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with an emphasis on oral communication.  At the end of the school year, students are able to communicate in Chinese on a variety of topics such as greeting, family, hobbies, weather and time.  Along with the language, they will gain knowledge of and develop insight into Chinese culture and some important philosophical ideas and values in Chinese societies as well.

6th Grade Mandarin Textbook: Happy Chinese (volume I) 快乐汉语 第一册。

Course Outcomes: Upon completion, students will be able to:

1.     Use the Chinese phonetic system (Pinyin) to pronounce Chinese characters.
2.     Recognize, type and write at least 150 Chinese characters.
3.     Understand the basic principles of the formation of Chinese characters.
4.     Master 10 Chinese radicals.
5.     Master 5 measure words.
6.     Greet people and introduce themselves to others.
7.     Exchange personal information, such as age, birthday, nationality and hobbies.
8.     Talk about family members, parents’ occupations and pets.
9.     Tell time, date and day of the week.
10.  Have conversation about their school life.
11.  Make comments about weathers.
12.  Ask what, where, how, how many, and yes/no questions.
13.  Gain basic understating of traditions of Chinese major holidays.

Mandarin Classroom expectation:

1.     Be on time and enter the classroom quietly.
2.     Be ready to learn: take out the Mandarin folder, notebook and pencil immediately after you are seated.
3.     Be respectful: respect the class, your peers, your teacher, the classroom, and all Woodside norms.
4.     Be concentrated: no text /cell phone use, talking around, participate in classroom activities, exercises and tasks.
5.     Raise your hand before speaking. Do not talk over the teacher or your classmates.
6.     Use quiet voice when doing activities that involve speaking (interview, dialogue, etc.)
7.     You are responsible for your actions, work, and words.

 

Homework: Homework is assigned through Google classroom once a week on Tuesday and is due at the beginning of the class on Friday.  Although students have more than one day to complete it, they are encouraged to start doing their homework as soon as it is assigned, so they can bring questions to me if they encounter any difficulties before the due day.  Homework should not exceed 20 minutes a week.

Late work: Late work will receive a 10% reduced points from the total points per day but no more than 50% off penalty. For example, a student will receive 90% of its original point value if the work is one day late, but any work that are more than 5 days later from the due day can still receive a maximum of 50% of its original point value.

Quizzes and Test: Every Friday I give a quiz on the lesson covered in the week.  A test is given monthly after we finish a unit.  All the tests and quizzes have the same format and include four components: speaking, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, and writing (grammar).  Students may do test correction to a failed test within 2 weeks of the return of the assessment.  Test correction allows students to raise their score up to a maximum of 70%.

Office hour: My office hour is Tuesday lunchtime and recess by appointment.  I would love to help you with catching up, making up works, re-teaching and more practicing. 

Grading Policies: Grades will be based on a weighted total of points accumulated throughout each trimester.

·      Tests – 30%
·      Quizzes – 20%
·      Homework – 20%
·      Projects – 15%
·      Participation – 15%

The following is Woodside School Letter Grading System:

A 93­ - 100
A­- 90 - ­92
B+ 87 - ­89
B 83 - ­86
B­- 80­ - 82
C+ 77 - ­79
C 73 - ­76
C­- 70­ - 72
D+ 67 - ­69
D 63 - ­66
D­- 60 - ­62
F below 60