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General Course Description
(All children language Classes are held between 2:00pm and 3:40pm on Sundays when school is in session)
CSL classes are designed for the children from non-mandarin speaking families to develop basic skills of Chinese language and get initial exposure to Chinese culture. There will be 6 levels of CSL classes offered at ACLS: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, Level 5 and Level 6. It will take one academic year (Fall semester and Spring semester) to finish each level. A student who has completed one level of study and passed the evaluation can be admitted to the next level in the following school year.
Starting from Fall 2008, ACLS has decided to use Better Chinese series teaching material for all classes of CSL. CSL1 and CSL2 are going to use My First Chinese Words series or materials within the series; CSL3, CSL4, CSL5 and CSL6 are going to use My First Chinese Readers.
For more detailed information about these textbook series, please visit www.betterchinese.com.
Students will also use CD or online lesson access to review what they learned in the classroom, play additional exercises and watch level-appropriate stories, making learning Chinese relevant and fun! In addition, parents can participate in the learning progress at home.
A brief description for each level is as followings:
Level 1 focuses on stimulating students' interest of learning Chinese language and culture. Teachers will help students build up preliminary listening and speaking capabilities with emphasis on correct pronunciation of four tones, most common vocabulary, and recognition of 30-40 simple Chinese Characters. This course is designed to allow our youngest students (5-6 years old) get their initial exposure of Chinese in a fun and entertaining environment.
Both CSL level 1 and level 2 use a 36-book set - Better Chinese. CSL level 1 will teach about 24 books out of 36. An audio CD and on-line license will also be provided for students to listen to the correct pronunciation of words and to learn as naturally as they would in the classroom. In addition, teaching of some songs, rhymes, games, and classroom activities will also be part of the curriculum.
Topics covered by Better Chinese are:
Love My Family
Level 2 is designed for young beginners (6-7 years old) with no prior exposure to Chinese to build basic listening and speaking capabilities through 36 easy to read short story books. These stories contain meaningful sentence structures, teaching students to communicate in full sentences. Although CSL2 use the same materials as CSL1, students will learn in a different angle. Lessons and homework are provided in a more structured manner. Students will practice listening and speaking skills by answering questions in full sentences. Flashcards are used to enhance their character recognition capability. Students learn and strengthen their skill by repetition. Each class cooperates fun games, live acting, colorful pictures/drawings, crafts and songs/rhymes
Level 3 is designed for beginning students (7 and older) with or without prior exposure to Chinese to learn the fundamentals of Chinese conversation in the standard Mandarin dialect through textbook, workbooks, classroom lectures and culture activities, as well as animated on-line resources. The teaching and learning will focus on basic Chinese sentences used commonly in daily life situations and in a spiral-up structure that builds upon and applies previous materials.
Level 3 will use My First Chinese Readers Volume 1 as textbook. It covers greetings, names, nationalities, school, family, home, dates, fruit, school supplies, food and more. Supplementary materials including cultural content and Pin-yin (phonics system for mandarin) will also be introduced.
Level 4 is designed for students who successfully completed level 3 or equivalent. Textbook for this level is Volume 2 of My first Chinese Readers, which covers colors, clothes, opposites, sports, pets, vehicles, prices, directions, weather, comparisons and more.
Level 5 is designed for students who successfully completed level 4 or equivalent. The long term plan is for this level to use Volume 3 of the My Frst Chinese Readers as core material. Topics covered include using the phone, jobs, directions, the zoo, playing with friends, classes, eating at a Chinese restaurant, body parts and more.
Level 6 is designed for students who successfully completed level 5 with teacher's recommendation or equivalent. This level use Volume 4 of My First Chinese Readers as core material. Topics covered include Chinese Festivals, four seasons, birthday party, shopping, sports, community, hobbies and Chinese Zodiac and more.
Language used in the class: Chinese, English
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