CHINESE

By the completion of the fourth semester of Chinese (Second Year Chinese II), students are expected to attain a proficiency level between intermediate-low and intermediate-mid on the ACTFL proficiency scale. At the end of the fourth semester, students should be able to attain the following proficiency level:

SPEAKING
Produce short strings of sentences to:
Exchange greetings and good wishes on major Chinese holidays and describe the typical festivities.
Engage in a rehearsed discussion of the changes in a Chinese city and some major facts in Chinese history.
Exchange basic information about a tourist site in China and describe its landscape in simple terms.
Exchange basic views on major social issues in China such as health, gender equality, forms of financial investment, and environment protection.
Participate in a mock job interview, asking and answering simple questions about the potential employer and employee.
Communicate with others at a simulated welcome or farewell party in a culturally appropriate manner.
Answer fact-based questions about some major features in Chinese culture and history discussed during this semester.
Answer fact-based and rudimentarily analytical questions about major social issues in China, such as health, gender equality, forms of financial investment, and environment protection.
Perform all presentational tasks of the previous semester with higher level of sophistication, confidence, and ease.
Give rehearsed oral presentations based on their written compositions, and respond more elaborately to classmates’ questions about the content of the presentations.

WRITING
Summarize the main ideas from materials presented orally and visually in class during this semester.
Write compositions (more than 200 characters in length) on topics related to the texts studied during this semester.
Write the characters studied previously with greater competence, and acquire 200-250 new characters for this semester.

LISTENING
Perform all interpretive tasks of the previous semester with greater competence.
Begin to recognize more formal and literary usage in oral and written texts and understand their cultural messages.

READING
Develop a more complete linguistic and cultural understanding beyond the main ideas and most significant details of conversation, rehearsed oral presentations by classmates, and written texts (400-500 characters in length) created for this level, and recognize cumulatively 1100 vocabulary items in characters.
Begin to recognize more formal and literary usage in oral and written texts and understand their cultural messages.

CULTURE
As the primary texts for Second Year Chinese II are all set in China, students will be exposed to Chinese cultural information on an unprecedented scale and raise their cultural competence considerably as well.
Develop a more complete linguistic and cultural understanding beyond the main ideas and most significant details of conversation, rehearsed oral presentations by classmates, and written texts (400-500 characters in length) created for this level, and recognize cumulatively 1100 vocabulary items in characters.
Name some major dynasties in Chinese history and discuss some important facts of Chinese social life such as health, gender equality, forms of financial investment, and environment protection.