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Modern Languages

Chinese 1


This class in an introduction to Chinese language and culture for students with little or no prior knowledge of Chinese. In alignment with the Massachusetts World Language Frameworks and the city of Boston World Language Curriculum Framework, the Chinese 1 course is designed to allow students to complete all Stage 1 activities in the six areas of the city curriculum: reading, writing, speaking, listening, culture and connecting. Students are expected to perform with confidence in tasks of increasing difficulty so that they can meet the power standards listed below for Level 1 and develop answers to the Essential Questions below based on the national standards for learning a foreign language (culture, connections, comparisons, communities and communication). Teachers are expected to conduct the class 90% of the time in the target language, using English when necessary for clarification.


Chinese 2


Chinese 2 is a continuation of the skills introduced in Chinese 1.

In alignment with the Massachusetts World Language Frameworks and the city of Boston World Language Curriculum Framework, the Chinese 2 course is designed to allow students to complete all Stage 2 activities in the six areas of the city curriculum: reading, writing, speaking, listening, culture and connecting.

Students are expected to perform with confidence in tasks of increasing difficulty so that they can meet the power standards listed below for Level 2 and develop answers to the Essential Questions below based on the national standards for learning a foreign language (culture, connections, comparisons, communities and communication). Teachers are expected to conduct the class 90% of the time in the target language, using English when necessary for clarification.

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Chinese 3


Chinese 3 is a continuation of and further immersion in the skills introduced in Chinese 1 and 2.

In alignment with the Massachusetts World Language Frameworks and the city of Boston World Language Curriculum Framework, the Chinese 3 course is designed to allow students to complete all Stage 3 activities in the six areas of the city curriculum: reading, writing, speaking, listening, culture and connecting.

Students are expected to perform with confidence in tasks of increasing difficulty so that they can meet the power standards listed below for Level 3 and develop answers to the Essential Questions below based on the national standards for learning a foreign language (culture, connections, comparisons, communities and communication). Teachers are expected to conduct the class 90% of the time in the target language, using English when necessary for clarification.

Sample syllabus


Chinese 4


Chinese 4 is a continuation of and further immersion in the skills introduced in Chinese 1, 2 and 3.

In alignment with the Massachusetts World Language Frameworks and the city of Boston World Language Curriculum Framework, the Chinese 4 course is designed to allow students to complete all Stage 3 activities in the six areas of the city curriculum: reading, writing, speaking, listening, culture and connecting.

Students are expected to perform with confidence in tasks of increasing difficulty so that they can meet the power standards listed below for Level 4 and develop answers to the Essential Questions below based on the national standards for learning a foreign language (culture, connections, comparisons, communities and communication). Teachers are expected to conduct the class 90% of the time in the target language, using English when necessary for clarification.

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Comprehensive Chinese


The Comprehensive Chinese course is designed to prepare students to learn historical events, classic Chinese theories, contemporary issues among Chinese communities and appreciate Chinese cultures around the globe within the context of history, geography, economy, literature, modernization, civilization and globalization. Students will apply their 21st century skills and learn different digital media presentational skills and become responsible global citizens.


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AP Chinese Language and Culture


In alignment with the Massachusetts World Language frameworks, the city of Boston World Language Curriculum Framework and the guidelines set forth by the Educational Testing Services regarding Advanced Placement language courses, the A.P. course is designed to allow students to operate at stage 4 of the activities listed in the six areas of the city curriculum: culture, connecting, listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course is taught at the level of a fourth semester college class. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement exam offered in May .

Throughout the course, students hone their language skills across the three communicative modes: Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational. In so doing, they develop necessary knowledge of the Chinese language, including pronunciation, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, grammatical structures, and written characters. Other content includes contemporary Chinese society, current events, significant persons/products/themes in Chinese history, the arts and China in an international context.

Students are expected to communicate entirely in Chinese and the class is conducted exclusively in Chinese (except for when grammar needs to be explained).

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