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World Languages

The World Languages Department prepares students to become global citizens by preparing them with language fluency and cultural diversity that will provide real-life opportunities throughout their life. The Department offers Mandarin and Spanish, as the two most spoken languages worldwide, as well as Japanese, an important language in the region and one of the top 10 languages in the world. The study of Spanish reinforces English grammar and usage, while the study of Mandarin and Japanese has important, obvious implications for our students.

By the time TAS students reach higher level classes in any of the languages, they achieve impressive fluency, and students often use this to their enormous advantage during the college admissions process, while attending university, and throughout life. TAS graduates often hold internships or undertake special studies where command of a language other than English is a prerequisite. The World Languages Department provides education that truly lasts a lifetime.

STUDENT PLACEMENT
Students wishing to enter the first year of a foreign language do not need to take a placement test. Students for all other levels need to be interviewed and tested for placement.

Course Offerings 2019-2020

SPANISH 1 (UWLD11)

SPANISH 1 (UWLD11)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None
Homework: Moderate

This course is designed to help students develop a basic proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing and to prepare them for further study of the Spanish language. The communicative approach is used to introduce vocabulary and structures through the functions of the language. Authentic materials and cultural information are interwoven throughout the course to provide a framework for proficiency in the language and an appreciation of the cultures of the countries where Spanish is spoken.

Text: VISTAS Introducción a la lengua española, Companion Workbook and interactive Supersite

SPANISH 2 (UWLD12)

SPANISH 2 (UWLD12)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: Spanish 1 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Moderate

In this course, previously learned vocabulary and structures are reinforced, serving as a transition into new material. The students’ understanding of how the language functions is expanded while continuing to make the Spanish language relevant to their daily lives. The stress is on continued authentic communication, cultural awareness and relying on Spanish for comprehension.

Text: VISTAS Introducción a la lengua española, Companion Workbook and interactive Supersite

SPANISH 3 (UWLD13)

SPANISH 3 (UWLD13)

Duration: 1 year
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Spanish 2 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Moderate

This course reviews and continues to develop the language skills in Spanish through a communicative approach. Materials and activities emphasize authentic situations of daily life and require thinking, recall and creativity. Students are encouraged to express their own needs and interests in the Spanish language, thus giving them the opportunity to become more confident in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Text: ENFOQUES Curso intermedio de lengua española, Companion Workbook and interactive Supersite

HONORS SPANISH 3 (UWLD13H)

HONORS SPANISH 3 (UWLD13H)

Duration: 1 year
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Spanish 2 + teacher recommendation.
Homework: Heavy

This course reviews and continues to develop language skills in Spanish through a communicative approach. Speaking, listening, reading and writing activities relate to topics which reflect daily life. There will be a more intense, accelerated study of grammar, with greater emphasis on composition skills and vocabulary acquisition. Oral comprehension and proficiency will also be stressed. Students are expected to demonstrate greater independent initiative when handling texts and greater sophistication in using the language. Reading and writing homework expectations are significantly higher in Honors Spanish 3.

Text: ENFOQUES Curso intermedio de lengua española, Companion Workbook and interactive Supersite

SPANISH 4 (UWLD14)

SPANISH 4 (UWLD14)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: Spanish 3 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Moderate

This course continues to develop Spanish language skills through a communicative approach. Speaking, listening, reading and writing activities relate to topics which reflect community as well as daily life. The materials and activities continue to emphasize authentic situations and require thinking, recall and creativity. Students continue to be encouraged to express their own needs and interests in the Spanish language, thus enabling them to become more confident language learners. Supplementary materials help to further develop the students’ reading and writing skills as well as a continued cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world.

Text: ENFOQUES Curso intermedio de lengua española, Companion Workbook and interactive Supersite

HONORS SPANISH 4 (UWLD14H)

HONORS SPANISH 4 (UWLD14H)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: Honors Spanish 3 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Heavy

This course will stress proficiency in all language skills with a strong emphasis on grammar. Speaking, listening, reading and writing activities relate to topics which reflect community as well as daily life. The materials and activities continue to emphasize authentic situations and require thinking, recall and creativity. Students continue to be encouraged to express their own needs and interests in the Spanish language, thus enabling them to become more confident language learners. Supplementary materials help to further develop the students’ reading and writing skills as well as a continued cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world. Students are expected to demonstrate greater independent initiative when handling texts and greater sophistication in using the language. Reading and writing homework expectations are significantly higher in Honors Spanish 4.

Text: ENFOQUES Curso intermedio de lengua española, Companion Workbook and interactive Supersite

IBSL SPANISH B (UWLD15)
HONORS SPANISH 5 (UWLD17)

IBSL SPANISH B (UWLD15)
HONORS SPANISH 5 (UWLD17)

NOTE: IB Diploma students must choose the IBSL Spanish B class option and are required to take the external IBSL exam at the end of the school year. Students who are not IB Diploma students and decide not to take the external IBSL exam must choose the Honors Spanish 5 class option.

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: Spanish 4 + teacher recommendation or IB Diploma students from Honors Spanish 4
Homework: Heavy

The aim of the program is to prepare students to communicate comfortably and effectively in the language, both orally and in written form. At the end of the year, students will be assessed on their ability to handle and process information, write their own text, understand and respond to oral and written communication and enter into intelligent discussion of a range of topics. Authentic materials will be used throughout to integrate the language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students are expected to demonstrate in-depth cultural awareness and appreciation of the Spanish-speaking world.

Text: Spanish B Course Companion and Companion Workbook; TEMAS Spanish Language and Culture; supplementary grammar, reading and media materials

IBHL SPANISH B (UWLD161)

IBHL SPANISH B (UWLD161)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: IBSL Spanish B + teacher recommendation or IB Diploma students from Honors Spanish 4
Homework: Heavy

This course continues to emphasize the use of language for active communication. Authentic materials are still used throughout to integrate the language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will hone their ability to comprehend and participate in formal and informal conversation, and to express their ideas with increased accuracy and fluency. They will acquire the vocabulary and grasp of structure necessary for in-depth reading of a variety of texts and refine their ability to write in a more sophisticated manner. Students are expected to demonstrate in-depth cultural awareness and appreciation of the Spanish-speaking world. All students are required to take the external IBHL exam in the spring.

Text: Spanish B Course Companion and Companion Workbook; TEMAS Spanish Language and Culture; supplementary grammar, reading and media materials

AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE (UWLD181)

AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE (UWLD181)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: Honors Spanish 4 or IBSL Spanish B or Honors Spanish 5 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Heavy

This intensive course is designed to prepare students for the AP Spanish Language examination. It focuses on strengthening all four language skills according to the AP guidelines. Supplemental reading, writing, listening and speaking activities will also be included. All students are required to take the external AP Spanish Language examination in the spring.

Text: TEMAS AP Spanish Language and Culture; AP Spanish Preparing for the Language and Culture Examination.

AP SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE (UWLD191)

AP SPANISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE (UWLD191)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: AP Spanish Language and Culture + teacher recommendation
Homework: Heavy

This course is designed for students with advanced proficiency and interest in the language. Readings, discussions and analyses, both oral and written, are based on works of authors on the AP Literature reading list. All students are required to take the external AP Literature examination in the spring.

Text: Abriendo Paso; supplementary grammar, reading and media materials

JAPANESE 1 (UWLD21)

JAPANESE 1 (UWLD21)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None
Homework: Moderate

This course is designed to help students develop a basic proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing and to prepare them for further study of the Japanese language. The communicative approach is used to introduce vocabulary and structures through the functions of the language. Students learn the Japanese sound system. The HIRAGANA and KATAKANA writing notations are introduced from the outset. The 72 basic characters of KANJI symbols related to the unit topics are introduced.

Text: Genki 1

JAPANESE 2 (UWLD22)

JAPANESE 2 (UWLD22)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: Japanese 1 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Moderate

This course continues to develop language skills in Japanese through a communicative approach. Speaking, listening, reading and writing activities relate to topics that reflect student interests. The materials and activities
emphasize mastery of the basic grammar structures required at the next level of the program while allowing students to engage in authentic situations. An additional 73 KANJI symbols related to the unit topics are introduced. 

Text: Genki 1

JAPANESE 3 (UWLD23)

JAPANESE 3 (UWLD23)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 10-12
Prerequisite: Japanese 2 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Moderate

In this course, previously learned vocabulary and structures are reinforced. Students learn to express their opinions and exchange information in a more sophisticated manner and make the Japanese language relevant to their daily lives. Students’ understanding of how the language functions is expanded thus providing the opportunity to become more confident in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The stress is on continued authentic communication, cultural awareness and relying on Japanese for comprehension. An additional 79 KANJI symbols related to the unit topics
are introduced.

Text: Genki 2

AP JAPANESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE (UWLD241)

AP JAPANESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE (UWLD241)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: Japanese 3 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Heavy

This course continues to develop language skills in Japanese through a communicative approach. Speaking, listening, reading and writing activities relate to a broad range of topics. The activities are based upon authentic materials and situations that require thinking, problem-solving and creativity. Emphasis is placed on comprehending more complex authentic oral and written communication and responding appropriately and intelligently both orally and in writing. Students are encouraged to express not only their own needs and interests but also their opinions on a variety of contemporary and cultural issues. This course also focuses on language acquisition and emphasizes the functions of Japanese society including the Keigo (polite language system) and culturally appropriate gestures or responses. An additional 93 KANJI symbols related to the unit topics are introduced. All students are required to take the AP external exam at the end of the year.

Text: Genki 2

Mandarin:
The Mandarin tracks at TAS have been designed to integrate aspects of highly acclaimed programs from prestigious secondary institutions from around the world. Each track truly reflects the level of proficiency of the students in all four skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

At Taipei American School, we have a long tradition of naming our most advanced and challenging courses in the Mandarin Language program as part of the “Heritage” track. At TAS, we employ the term heritage in an inclusive manner. These classes are not reserved specifically or exclusively for students from Mandarin speaking families; rather, the term is used here to describe a level of mastery commensurate with that of a native or experienced speaker. Thus, regardless of their home language or culture, we apply the term “heritage” more broadly to describe students striving for and achieving a native level of fluency of the Mandarin language.

MANDARIN AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE TRACK
This track is strictly limited to students who enter the program with no previous knowledge of the language. Students learn the four skills in somewhat modified form: speaking, listening, reading (character recognition), and writing (computer-based only). This track is designed to prepare students for the AP Chinese Language and Culture Exam.

HERITAGE MANDARIN TRACK
This track is designed for near-native or native Mandarin speakers to further develop reading and writing skills. The track aims to prepare students for the IB Language B Standard Level Exam (IBSL LANGUAGE B).

ADVANCED HERITAGE MANDARIN TRACK
This track is intended for students who have a high level of competence in the language; it includes the study of language and light literature. It is designed to prepare students for the IB Language B Higher Level Exam (IBHL LANGUAGE B).

ADVANCED LITERATURE IN MANDARIN TRACK
For this track, it is assumed that students are fluent in the language. The track includes the study of both language and literature, and students should be able to support an argument in clearly expressed writing. This track is designed to prepare students for the IB Language A Higher/Standard Level Exams (IBHL/IBSL LANGUAGE A).

MANDARIN AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE 1 (UMAN01)

MANDARIN AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE 1 (UMAN01)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None
Homework: Moderate

This course is designed to help non-native learners develop a basic proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and computer-based writing and to prepare them for further study of the Mandarin language. Students will also learn the basic principles behind writing Chinese characters. The communicative approach is used to introduce vocabulary and structures through the functions of the language. Authentic materials and cultural information are interwoven throughout the course to provide a framework for proficiency in the language and an appreciation of the cultures of the countries where Mandarin is spoken.

Text: Integrated Chinese, Level 1 Part 1

MANDARIN AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE 2 (UMAN02)

MANDARIN AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE 2 (UMAN02)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: Mandarin as a foreign Language 1 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Moderate

In this course for non-native learners, previously learned vocabulary and structures are reinforced, serving as a transition into new material. The students’ understanding of how the language functions is expanded while continuing to make the Mandarin language relevant to their daily lives. Speaking, listening, reading and computer-based writing activities are related to everyday needs and experiences. The stress is on continued authentic communication and cultural  awareness.

Text: Integrated Chinese, Level 1 Part 2

MANDARIN AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE 3 (UMAN03)

MANDARIN AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE 3 (UMAN03)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: Mandarin as a foreign Language 2 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Moderate

This course reviews and continues to develop language skills for non-native learners of Mandarin through a communicative approach. Speaking, listening, reading and computer-based writing activities relate to topics which reflect daily lives. The materials and activities emphasize authentic situations and require thinking, recall and creativity. Students are encouraged to express their own needs and interests in Mandarin, thus giving them the opportunity to become more confident in speaking, listening, reading, and technology-based communication.

Text: Integrated Chinese, Level 2 Part 1

MANDARIN AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE 4 (UMAN04)

MANDARIN AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE 4 (UMAN04)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 10-12
Prerequisite: Mandarin as a Foreign Language 3 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Moderate

This course continues to develop language skills for non-native learners in Mandarin through a communicative approach. Speaking, listening, reading and computer-based writing activities relate to topics which reflect community as well as daily lives. The materials and activities continue to emphasize authentic situations and require thinking, recall and creativity. Students continue to be encouraged to express their own needs and interests in Mandarin, thus enabling them to become more confident in speaking, listening, reading, and computer-based communication. Supplementary materials help to further develop the students’ reading and writing skills as well as a continued cultural awareness of the Mandarin-speaking world.

Text: Teacher selected readings and authentic materials

AP CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE (UMAN05)

AP CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE (UMAN05)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: Mandarin as a Foreign Language 4 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Heavy

The AP Chinese course provides students with opportunities to enhance language development across three modes, including interpretive, interpersonal and presentational modes, and the five goal areas (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities). Additionally, it increases their awareness of contemporary and historical Chinese culture, and comparison between Chinese culture and their own. Students use and study real-life materials in class, including public announcements, advertisement, signs, posters, letters, newspaper, magazine articles, contemporary literature and films. The course is taught entirely in Chinese. Students who take AP Chinese Language and Culture course are required to take the external exam at the end of the school year.

Text: Teacher selected readings and authentic materials

HONORS SEMINAR MANDARIN: CASE STUDIES (UMAN06)

HONORS SEMINAR MANDARIN: CASE STUDIES (UMAN06)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: AP Chinese Language & Culture + teacher recommendation
Homework: Heavy

This intensive seminar course enables students to develop their language skills through project-based research focusing on topics relevant to contemporary society and culture. Emphasis will be on how to collect, organize, and synthesize material from various forms of media into students’ own research projects. Students will improve their language abilities through discussion, presentation, and research centered on a broad range of topics of interest to them. The course is conducted entirely in Chinese.

Text: Teacher selected readings and authentic materials

HERITAGE MANDARIN 2 (UMAN12)

HERITAGE MANDARIN 2 (UMAN12)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation
Homework: Moderate

This course is targeted at native or near-native Mandarin speakers who are developing their reading and writing abilities. Emphasis is on acquiring a solid grasp of common, high-frequency characters used in daily lives. Students will also learn how to communicate effectively through hand written Mandarin. Speaking activities will challenge students to expand their vocabulary to encompass more abstract topics, build more complex arguments, and develop a solid understanding of proper Mandarin grammar.

Text:
鄧守信主編《當代中文課程 1 (A Course in Contemporary Chinese 1) 》

HERITAGE MANDARIN 3 (UMAN13)

HERITAGE MANDARIN 3 (UMAN13)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: Heritage Mandarin 2 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Moderate

This course is targeted at native or near-native Mandarin speakers to further develop their reading and proficiency with character writing. Students will be expected to compose longer, more in depth and well-argued compositions, as well as begin to read and discuss original written Chinese language texts. Students will further develop their ability to utilize technology as a means for authentic communication. Speaking activities will target more
formal rhetorical speech elements, such as presentations and topic-based panel discussions.

Text:
鄧守信主編《當代中文課程 1 (A Course in Contemporary Chinese 1) 》《當代中文課程 2 (A Course in Contemporary Chinese 2) 》

HONORS HERITAGE MANDARIN 4 (UMAN14)

HONORS HERITAGE MANDARIN 4 (UMAN14)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: Heritage Mandarin 3 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Moderate

This course further prepares students to communicate using Mandarin in more formal language settings. Spoken activities emphasize presentations, oral reports, and debates. Students will develop further confidence and ability in written forms. This will come by beginning to engage in creative writing activities, as well as conduct research and write reports entirely using the Chinese language. In this class, students transition from using some textbook materials to more real-life content and abridged articles. Students will build on their fluency in Mandarin to communicate through a variety of means, including digitally.

Text: 
鄧守信主編《當代中文課程 2 (A Course in Contemporary Chinese 2) 》

HONORS HERITAGE MANDARIN 5 (UMAN15)

HONORS HERITAGE MANDARIN 5 (UMAN15)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 10-12
Prerequisite: Honors Heritage Mandarin 4 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Heavy

In this course, activities are based upon authentic materials and situations that require thinking, problem-solving and creativity. Emphasis is placed on comprehending more complex authentic oral and written communication and responding appropriately and intelligently both orally and in writing. Students are encouraged to express not only their own needs and interests but also their opinions on a variety of contemporary and cultural issues. Supplementary materials further develop and integrate the students’ language skills, and foster an awareness and appreciation of the Mandarin-speaking world.

Text: 鄧守信主編《當代中文課程 3 (A Course in Contemporary Chinese 3)》
Teacher-selected readings and authentic materials

IBSL CHINESE B (UMAN16)

IBSL CHINESE B (UMAN16)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: Honors Heritage Mandarin 5 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Heavy

The aim of the IB Chinese B program is to prepare students to communicate comfortably and effectively in the language, both orally and in written form. At the end of the year, students will be assessed on their ability to handle and process information, write their own texts, understand and respond to oral and written communication and enter into intelligent discussion on a range of topics. Authentic materials will be used throughout to integrate the language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Finally, students are expected to develop an awareness and appreciation of the cultures related to the language studied. All students are required to take the external IBSL Chinese B examination in the spring.

Text: A variety of authentic material from Mandarin language newspapers and film

Teacher-selected readings and materials in accordance with IB curriculum guidelines

HONORS SEMINAR: CURRENT MANDARIN TOPICS (UMAN17)

HONORS SEMINAR: CURRENT MANDARIN TOPICS (UMAN17)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: IBSL Chinese B + teacher recommendation
Homework: Heavy

This class will prepare students to communicate comfortably and effectively in the language, both orally and in written form. At the end of the year,
students will be assessed on their ability to handle and process information, write their own texts, understand and respond to oral and written communication and enter into intelligent discussion on a range of topics. Authentic materials will be used throughout to integrate the language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Finally, students are expected to develop an awareness and appreciation of the cultures related to the language studied.

Text: A variety of authentic material from Mandarin language newspapers and film
Teacher-selected readings and materials

HONORS ADVANCED HERITAGE MANDARIN 1 (UMAN21)

HONORS ADVANCED HERITAGE MANDARIN 1 (UMAN21)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 9 and above
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation / placement test
Homework: Moderate

Honors Advanced Heritage Mandarin 1 trains students to communicate comfortably and effectively both orally and in written form. Students study a variety of texts (including novels, short stories and selected articles) to explore themes such as traditional Chinese values and their impact on modern life, environmental issues, communication and technology. There continues to be an emphasis on acquisition of vocabulary and practice of sentence patterns as students work to refine their composition skills. Oral expression will be reinforced through regular class discussions and presentations.

Texts may include:
林海音《林海音童話故事》;
姜子安《我愛綠蠵龜》;
王淑芬《親愛的綠》;
陳榕笙《孤狗少年》
Supplementary readings, including newspaper and magazine articles

HONORS ADVANCED HERITAGE MANDARIN 2 (UMAN22)

HONORS ADVANCED HERITAGE MANDARIN 2 (UMAN22)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 10 and above
Prerequisite: Honors Advanced Heritage Mandarin 1 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Moderate


Honors Advanced Heritage Mandarin 2 explores universal themes through the study of variety of texts (including novels, short stories and news articles). Again the emphasis is on effective communication both orally and in written form. Vocabulary acquisition remains of primary importance as does the development of polished writing skills in a variety of styles. Oral expression will be reinforced through regular class discussions and presentations.

Texts may include:
蔡佐渝《我的越南媽媽》;
琦君《桂花雨》;
張友漁《目擊證人》;
陳幸蕙編《我只想回到自己的家》
Supplementary readings, including newspaper and magazine articles

HONORS ADVANCED HERITAGE MANDARIN 3 (UMAN23)

HONORS ADVANCED HERITAGE MANDARIN 3 (UMAN23)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 11
Prerequisite: Honors Advanced Heritage Mandarin 2 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Heavy

Honors Advanced Heritage Mandarin 3 enables students to develop their language skills by exploring contemporary social and environmental issues. Students will continue to refine their ability to write in a more sophisticated manner through essays and research projects. Oral expression will be reinforced through regular class presentations and discussions.

Texts may include:
林良《爸爸的十六封信》;
楊寒《教室外的國文課》;
張英珉《黑洞垃圾桶》;
劉臺痕《閻王不要的小子》;
李家同《鐘聲又再響起》;《讓高牆倒下吧》
Supplementary teacher selected readings and authentic materials

IBHL CHINESE B (UWLD24)

IBHL CHINESE B (UMAN24)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: Honors Advanced Heritage Mandarin 3 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Heavy

This course continues to emphasize the use of language for active communication. Authentic materials will be used throughout to integrate the language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will hone their ability to comprehend and participate in formal and informal conversation, and to express their ideas with increased accuracy and fluency. They will acquire the vocabulary and grasp the structures necessary for in-depth reading of a variety of texts and refine their ability to write in a more sophisticated manner. Finally, students are expected to continue to develop an awareness and appreciation of the cultures related to the language studied. Students are required to sit the external exam at the end of the year.

Text: A variety of authentic material from Mandarin language newspapers, film, and literary texts
Teacher-selected readings and materials in accordance with IB curriculum guidelines

HONORS ADVANCED LITERATURE IN MANDARIN 1 (UMAN31)

HONORS ADVANCED LITERATURE IN MANDARIN 1 (UMAN31)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 9 
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation + placement test as required
Homework: Heavy

Honors Advanced Literature in Mandarin 1 requires a high degree of commitment and mastery of critical reading, thinking, and written analysis. Students are expected to demonstrate independent initiative when interpreting texts and to articulating ideas with sophistication in class discussions. Various texts, including novels and classical Chinese poems, are analyzed. Significant reading and writing work will be required outside of class time for this class.

Texts may include:
洪雅齡《躲進部落格》;
廖玉蕙《淡藍氣泡》;
鍾肇政《白翎鷥之歌》;
龍應台《孩子你慢慢來》;
陳幸蕙主編《49個夕陽》
Supplementary readings, including newspaper and magazine articles

HONORS ADVANCED LITERATURE IN MANDARIN 2 (UMAN32)

HONORS ADVANCED LITERATURE IN MANDARIN 2 (UMAN32)

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 10
Prerequisite: Honors Advanced Literature in Mandarin 1 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Heavy

Building on the literary analysis work established in the previous course, Honors Advanced Literature in Mandarin 2 further strengthens students’ abilities to read critically and discuss literature through various interpretive lenses. There are rigorous expectations for in-depth written analysis and the ability to articulate critical interpretations of various genres of literature. Moreover, oral presentation and class discussions require an ability to express nuanced ideas when speaking. Significant reading and writing homework is required for this course.

Texts may include:
蔡佐渝《我的越南媽媽》;
琦君《桂花雨》;
張友漁《目擊證人》;
陳幸蕙編《我只想回到自己的家》
Supplementary readings, including newspaper and magazine articles

IBSL CHINESE A LANGUAGE & LITERATURE 1 (UMAN33)

IBSL CHINESE A LANGUAGE & LITERATURE 1 (UMAN33)

Note: First year of a two-year course.

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 11
Prerequisite: Honors Advanced Literature in Mandarin 2 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Heavy

IBSL Chinese A Language and Literature 1 is a concentrated two-year program focused on the study of Chinese language and literature. In this course, students will further their command of written and spoken Mandarin by writing essays and analysis, and by participating in oral activities including presentations, class discussions, dramatizations and debates. Students will be engaged in the study of topics that relate to language in cultural context and language and mass communication. Students who take IBSL Chinese A course are required to take the external exam at the end of the second year.

Text: Teacher-selected readings and materials in accordance with IB curriculum guidelines

IBHL CHINESE A LANGUAGE & LITERATURE 1 (UMAN34)

IBHL CHINESE A LANGUAGE & LITERATURE 1 (UMAN34)

Note: First year of a two-year course

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 11
Prerequisite: Honors Advanced Literature in Mandarin 2 + teacher recommendation
Homework: Heavy

IBHL Chinese A Language and Literature 1 is a concentrated two-year program focused on the study of Chinese language and literature. In this course, students will further their command of written and spoken Mandarin by writing essays, commentaries, and critiques, and by participating in oral activities including presentations, class discussions, dramatizations and debates. Students will be engaged in the study of topics that relate to language in cultural context and language and mass communication. Students who take this course are required to take the external exam at the end of the second year.

Text: Teacher-selected readings and materials in accordance with IB curriculum guidelines

IBSL CHINESE A LANGUAGE & LITERATURE 2 (UMAN35)

IBSL CHINESE A LANGUAGE & LITERATURE 2 (UMAN35)

Note: Second year of a two-year course.

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: IBSL Chinese A Language and Literature 1
Homework: Heavy

IBSL Chinese A Language and Literature 2 is a continuation of the IBSL Chinese A Language and Literature 1 course at a more advanced and refined level. Students continue to develop a variety of linguistic skills through the study of different genres and literary analysis. Requirements of the course include both oral and written critiques, comparative commentaries, essay and written tasks. All students are required to take the external IBSL Chinese A examination in the spring.

Text: teacher-selected readings and materials in accordance with IB curriculum guidelines

IBHL CHINESE A LANGUAGE & LITERATURE 2 (UMAN36)

IBHL CHINESE A LANGUAGE & LITERATURE 2 (UMAN36)

Note: Second year of a two-year course

Duration: 1 year
Credit: 1
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: IBHL Chinese A Language and Literature 1
Homework: Heavy

IBHL Chinese A Language and Literature 2 is a continuation of the IBHL Chinese A Language and Literature 1 course at a more advanced and refined level. Students continue to develop a variety of linguistic skills through the study of a wide range of texts, and be rigorously trained in literary analysis. Requirements of the course include both oral and written critiques, comparative commentaries, essay and creative writing assignments. All students are required to take the external IBHL Chinese A examination in the spring.

Text: Teacher-selected readings and materials in accordance with IB curriculum guidelines

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