Please practice using the sentence patterns -
1. Subject + 很 hen3 (very) + adjective
2. Subject + 太 tai4 (too) + adjective + 了le (already)


Please copy all the vocabulary on the final exam on a separate piece of paper.

Schedule for Chinese Class 11/11-11/22

Monday, November 11th

Watch Red Cliff (40 minutes)
Decide on a character that you are going to write your character analysis on. (10 minutes)
Send your decision to and explain in 50 words why you chose that character.

Tuesday, November 12th
Watch Red Cliff (40 minutes)
Discuss the following question in class. (10 minutes) Write a 100 word response and send to Ms. Shih’s email.
Question: Do you think Chinese actors have a different way of expressing their emotions? How are their acting skills different from American actors?

Wednesday, November 13th
Write a 300-word character analysis and research essay on the character that you decided on Monday and send it to Ms. Shih before 12 pm.

Thursday, November 14th
Watch Red Cliff (40 minutes)
Discuss the following questions in class. (10 minutes) Write a 100 word response and send to Ms. Shih’s email.
Question: What is your favorite scene so far? Why is it your favorite scene? How is the cinematography different from American movies?

Friday, November 15th
Watch Red Cliff (30 minutes)
Start drafting the final 450-word afterthought essay and submit by 12 pm on 11/17.

Monday, November 18th
Prepare for your 15 minute oral presentation on your assignments in front of the Chinese class students. Remember to open the last 5 minutes up for questions and feedback. You are going to be asked to grade your peer and send your grades in to Ms. Shih.


Please practice the numbers more and color in the dragon.


Please review the numbers and chapter 4. Also, please finish the three worksheets on numbers distributed in class and bring it with you on Monday.
We will be putting up your worksheets on the wall on Monday.


Please ask 3 Chinese students how old they are in Chinese and write down their answers in Chinese characters and pinyin.
Please practice the dialogues in chapter 4.

Memorize the characters for 你ni3 好hao3, practice writing 你ni3 好hao3 and 再zai4 見jian4 10 times each.

Please interview an international student from China the following questions.

1. What is your Chinese ethnicity?
2. Which part of China are you from, and what is your home city famous for?
3. What languages or dialects do you speak?
4. How to say hello in your dialect?

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Ms. Shih 石老師 (Shíh Lǎo shī)
Class location: AH206
Office: Library office

Course Work and Assignments | Mandarin 1 | Unit Plan and Homework for Chinese 1 & 2

Course Work and Assignments

Mandarin 1

Course Description
Mandarin I focuses on developing students’ communication skills, Chinese language knowledge, and cultural understanding to encourage students’ positive attitude towards learning and speaking Mandarin as a second language. This course highly emphasizes on students’ application of language and cultural knowledge in situational communications. As an introductory course, Mandarin I aims to cultivate students’ ability to maintain basic conversations with native-Mandarin speakers with accuracy, fluency, and culturally appropriate manners. Students will learn the language components required to meet the class objectives using pinyin (Mandarin pronunciation system), character analysis and practice, grammar breakdown and application, songs and media (TV/movies), collaborative projects with the Chinese students on campus.

Course Objectives
  1. To be able to introduce onself and maintain small talks with native-Mandarin speakers.
  2. To understand the background and history of the Chinese language and culture.
  3. To learn to be culturally aware and sensitive in any situation.
  4. To understand the formation of Chinese characters and be able to master the basic strokes.
  5. To acquire basic communication skills using a foreign language.

Essential Questions
  1. Who am I?
  2. What will I be able to do/accomplish if I can express myself well?
  3. What kind of learning approach do I learn best?
  4. What is culture? What is the relation between culture and language?
  5. How are heritage, identity, and expression fundamentally interconnected?

Sequence of Units
Fall Unit 1: Self Introduction, Classroom conversations
Fall Unit 2: My Family and Friends
Winter Unit 3: Things I Do For Fun
Winter Unit 4: Things We Use Everyday, Times and Dates
Spring Unit 5: The Places Where We Live
Spring Unit 6: Travelling

Required Texts
Howard, Jiaying & Xu, Lanting. Huan Ying (Volume 1 Textbook).
Howard, Jiaying & Xu, Lanting. Huan Ying (Volume 1 Workbook).
Additional handouts will be dispersed by the lecturer during class.

Grading Policy
Achievement (75% of final year grade)

Quizzes- vocabulary and grammar
Homework- daily
Midterm Presentation - each term
Final exam- end of each term
Collaborative Project with domestic students
Portfolio - end of each term and end of year

Effort (25% of final year grade)

Class participation- volunteering answers
Punctuation and quality of each assignment

Students are expected to exemplify and enact the Hyde philosophy, especially as it relates to the academic setting. Students are expected to be punctual for class - tardiness will have a negative impact on the effort grade of the year.

All assignments will be posted on Wikispace and all students will be given a paper copy of the prompts for each assignment. If a student misses a class, the student is still responsible for handing in the assignment in time unless another time has been previously arranged with the lecturer.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. The students will receive a failing grade for the assignment and will be required to redo the assignment under supervision.

Students will need a three ring binder and a composition notebook. Binders should be organized as follows: grammar, vocabulary, additional handouts, test/quizzes, assignment prompts, and assignments.

Required supplies
Three ring binder
Papers for the three ring binder

Unit Plan and Homework for Chinese 1 & 2