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Course Description
The AP Chinese Language and Culture is designed for qualified students to further develop their abilities of using Chinese language as a practical communication tool across the three communicative modes (Interpersonal Communication, Interpretive Communication, and Presentational Communication) in the five goal areas (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities) as outlined in the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards For Learning Languages.

The course is taught almost exclusively in Chinese by a native-speaking teacher. Students apply their growing language skills and cultural knowledge to communicative tasks in real-life contexts and develop the ability to write and speak in a variety of discourse styles, using both keyboarding and handwriting skills, to an audience of readers and listeners. Through the course, students not only gain knowledge of the Chinese language and culture, but also learn communication and Chinese language learning strategies.

The sessions are conducted at 1on1 setting, customized for each individual student to meet their personal needs, style and preferences while reaching studying goals.
Course Outline
1. Part One: Textbook Lesson 11-15
$1026 for 54 50-min sessions in total within 4-6 months
One evaluation session + Fifty 50-min one-on-one online lecture sessions + Two 50-min one-on-one online review sessions + One 50-min one-on-one online Exam session

2. Part Two: Textbook Lesson 16-20
$1007 for 53 50-min sessions in total within 4-6 months
Fifty 50-min one-on-one online lecture sessions + Two 50-min one-on-one online review sessions + One 50-min one-on-one online Exam session

AP Chinese Course: $2033 for 107 50-min 1-on-1 sessions in total within a year
Course Plan
Part One:
Week: 1
Content and Themes: Traditional Chinese Holidays
Instructional objectives:
√ Name the major traditional Chinese holidays and explain when they occur.
√ Name the food that is most associated with each of the major traditional Chinese holidays.
√ Express New Year's wishes.
√ Describe the festivities during the Chinese New Year period.
√ Wish others success or good wealth.
Class Activities/Assessment:
√ Discuss the meaning of perspectives, products, and practices of the major festivals' celebrations.
√ Presentation: Compare, contrast, and report on Chinese holidays' traditions and celebrations similar to one in your own culture or the Western culture.
√ Teacher-prepared questions on Chinese festivals
√ Exam: Cultural Presentation: Choose ONE Chinese food that is associated with a particular holiday (moon cake, zongzi, etc.). In your presentation, describe one food which is associated with a particular holiday and explain its significance. The presentation should be at least 2 minutes long.

Week: 2
Content and Themes: Changes in China
Instructional objectives:
√ Describe the sights and sounds of a major city.
√ Describe in basic terms some features of a historic tourist site.
√ Give a simple account of the growth of a city from the past to the present.
√ Express surprise on an unforeseen turn of events.
Class Activities/Assessment:
√ Show pictures and video about changes in China collected from website.
√ Students research and collect news about changes in China from Chinese website.
√ Write a short essay showing the change of your city from the past to present.
√ Teacher-prepared questions on TV news and interviews
√ Exam: Oral report on reading materials

Week: 3
Content and Themes: Travel
Instructional objectives:
√ Describe what costs may be covered in a package tour.
√ Give a brief description of a Chinese sleeper car.
√ Describe natural objects such as mountains, rivers, trees and rocks.
√ Discuss some things that tourists may expect to see or experience at a tourist site.
Class Activities/Assessment:
√ Show Maps of the world and China.
√ Discuss the advantages and disadvantages between Package tour and DIY tour.
√ Watch one video of your choice at "Happy Chinese S2 Tourist Chinese" and then describe your favorite city.
√ Exam: Presentation of your impressive traveling experience

Week: 4
Content and Themes: Life and Health
Instructional objectives:
√ Talk about your exercise routine.
√ Outline some healthy eating habits.
√ Describe habits that could make you age prematurely or harm your health.
Class Activities/Assessment:
√ Class Discussion: What is a healthy life style?
√ Teachers prepare the picture of diet structures. Students outline their eating habits.
√ After class assignment: Go to a Chinese restaurant and have a meal there. Write an essay to compare the difference between Chinese food and Western food, to discuss what the healthy eating habits are.
√ Exam: Oral report about health

Week: 5
Content and Themes: Gender Equality
Instructional objectives:
√ Talk about how couples treat each other as equals.
√ Discuss gender equality in the workplace.
√ Summarize briefly the changes in Chinese women's social status in the twentieth century.
√ Report the score and results of a sports game.
Class Activities/Assessment:
√ Movie viewing: Raise the Red Lantern (Dahong Denglong Gaogao Gua)
√ Teacher-prepared questions on TV news and interviews
√ Exam: Present a speech about how couples treat each other as equals.

Week: 6
Content and Themes: Review and quiz (Lesson11-Lesson15)
Instructional objectives:
√ Review for the course exam (in AP exam)
√ AP mock exam (Teachers prepare mock exam by AP)
Class Activities/Assessment:
√ After exam:
* Write an evaluation report to students and students' parents.
* Review students' problem on the exam and ask what students would do differently if they were to do them the second time.
Part Two:
Week: 7
Content and Themes: Environment Protection & Energy Conservation
Instructional objectives:
√ Describe a scene in which people are busily engaged in all kinds of activities.
√ Talk about indicators of a clean environment.
√ List some green energy resources.
√ Give examples of practices that are environmentally friendly.
Class Activities/Assessment:
√ Show pictures of weather in Beijing.
√ Discuss if there is a change of environment of your city.
√ Presentation: What should we do to protect our environment?
√ Examination: Short essay: your advice of protecting our environment

Week: 8
Content and Themes: Money Management & Investment
Instructional objectives:
√ Describe if you are a saver or a spender.
√ Identify ways to invest money.
√ Talk about ways to purchase big-ticket item.
√ Describe your spending habits.
√ Describe in basic terms the ups and downs of the stock market.
Class Activities/Assessment:
√ Discussion: The opinions of spending money
√ Teacher-prepared questions on TV news and interviews
√ Exam: Oral test: "If you are a financial advisor, how would you give your clients suggestions?"

Week: 9
Content and Themes: Chinese History
Instructional objectives:
√ Name some of the most important dynasties in Chinese history.
√ Describe briefly the historical significance of some major Chinese dynasties.
√ Talk in basic terms about some of China's important historical figures.
Class Activities/Assessment:
√ Read and make inferences in selected authentic written materials about well-known persons in Chinese history.
√ Write an essay about famous Chinese people.
√ Exam:
* Teacher-prepared questions on famous people
* Oral reports on famous people: explanations of why they are famous


Week: 10
Content and Themes: Job Interview
Instructional objectives:
√ Say one or two sentences to describe signs of nervousness.
√ Explain in basic terms why China has been able to attract talent and foreign companies.
√ Describe in basic terms your time management methods.
√ Congratulate someone on his or her accomplishments.
Class Activities/Assessment:
√ Teacher-prepared questions on TV news and interviews
√ Discuss your favorite job and working environment. If you want to do this job, what is necessary for you.
√ Exam: Teacher-prepared questions on interview and conduct a mock job interview.

Week: 11
Content and Themes: Foreigners in China
Instructional objectives:
√ welcome a visitor from afar at a welcoming party.
√ bid someone farewell at a farewell party.
√ pay homage to old-timers when joining a new community.
√ describe the ease or difficulty of adjusting to life in a different country.
Class Activities/Assessment:
√ Discuss difficulties of adjusting to life in a different country.
√ Teacher-prepared questions on TV news and interviews
√ Exam: 2-minute-oral report: if you go to university in the other country, how would you join a new community as soon as possible.

Week: 12
Content and Themes: Review and quiz (Lesson16-20)
Instructional objectives:
√ Review for the course exam (in AP exam)
√ AP mock exam (Teachers prepare mock exam by AP)
Class Activities/Assessment:
√ After exam:
* Write an evaluation report to students and students' parents.
* Review students' problem on the exam and ask what students would do differently if they were to do them the second time.