This course incorporates the three fundamental concepts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP): holistic learning, intercultural awareness and communication.
A variety of engaging experiences will include but are not limited to direct teaching, projects, inquiry, discussions, peer evaluations, cooperative learning, differentiation, and practice through reading, writing, worksheets, games, songs, listening activities, and more.
This course will introduce students to a variety of topics and vocabulary (environment nature and travel, student life, beliefs and values, well-being, professions, global issues). Student work is evaluated according to the following IB assessment criteria:
- Criterion A: Listening
- Criterion B: Reading
- Criterion C: Speaking
- Criterion D: Writing
In order to reach the end goals for each of the aforementioned criteria, students will complete the following tasks: at the end of phase 3 in reading comprehension, students will read and process between 720 and 840 characters; in oral tasks, students will interact up to four minutes; in writing tasks students will write between 240 and 280 characters. These are just suggested minimums to keep students proactively engaged and perform at the level that will enable them to meet phase requirements to move on to the next phase.
Although the textbook and its ancillaries will serve as the foundation of the course, various additional authentic materials will be used. The class is taught in Mandarin and students are expected to speak in the target language. This course teaches phases 2-3 of the MYP curriculum.