IB Chinese

  • COURSE SYLLABUS                                                                                     09-06-2016




    General Overview:

    This is the fifth year course in Mandarin Chinese. The course is required for IB Diploma candidates who have chosen Chinese as their Language B. This course is a language acquisition course and focuses on the practical application of language skills.  The emphasis in this course is on developing and practicing students’ skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing using Simplified Chinese characters which help students deal with Chinese speakers in a Chinese environment. Chinese culture is also an important aspect of this class.


    Course Objective:

    At the end of the course, students will be able to:

    Communicate clearly and effectively in Chinese on a range of situations, demonstrating linguistic competence and intercultural understanding.

    Use Chinese language appropriately on a range of interpersonal and/or cultural contexts.

    Understand and use Chinese language to express and respond to a range of ideas with accuracy and fluency.

    Organize ideas on a range of topics in a clear, coherent and convincing manner.

    Understand, analyze and respond in Chinese to a range of written and spoken communication.

    Develop student’ awareness of the relationship between language and culture.


    Core themes:

    Individual and society

    Food and drinks

    Personal details




    • Holidays

    Global issues                                                                 

    • Social Relationships

    • Communication and media                                   

    • Health

    • Leisure

    • Media

    • Sports

    • Environment

     Formal IB Assessment:


      External assessment


       Paper 1

       Receptive Skills

    1 hour 15 minutes: questions on four texts.  Evaluates comprehension, vocabulary and grammar.

       Paper 2

       Written productive skills

    1 hour 15 minutes: response to one task (144 words)

       Written assignment

       Receptive and written

       productive skills

    260-360 characters: creative writing



    Internal assessment


    Oral commentary

    12-15 minutes: individual oral

    presentation followed by

    conversation with the teacher

    Interactive Oral

    Classroom interaction:  three tasks

    including one listening task



    The Internal Assessment is given in the later part of the 2nd quarter, during the week prior to Regents exams.  The External Assessment is in late May.

    Students will receive detailed copies of these IB assessment criteria descriptors in English and use them to guide their work and develop self-evaluation skills.

    Teaching Materials/Text:

    Integrated Chinese level two part one textbook

    Integrated Chinese level two part one workbook

    Integrated Chinese level two part one character workbook

    Common knowledge about Chinese culture, geography, and history

    Articles from newspapers and magazines

    Students need to maintain a notebook and printed sheets distributed by teacher.


    Grading policy:

    Grades will be calculated as follows:

    Participation                               10%

    Homework                                  40%

    Test and quizzes                         30%,

    Project                                        20%



    Students should finish homework on time. Homework will be due the next class. Late homework will not be accepted unless it is the result of excused absence from class. You may do corrections to raise your grade if you made mistakes on homework. Re-do the parts of the homework, and turn it in with the original assignment. Students are to make up their missing tests and quizzes on the first day of return from absence. They should schedule an appointment with me.

     Project: Oral presentation and written projects will be equally weighted. Students are expected to do oral presentations by using correct characters and accurate sentence structures.  Projects also include culture and history research reports.   

     Participation: try your best to answer the teacher’s questions, work positively and cooperatively with others.

     No makeup tests will be given if the student CUTS class on a test day.

     Supplies for Class:

    1. An 1-inch 3 ring binder for notes, homework and all resource materials.

    2. Pencil or pen for written assignments and notes.

    3. Paper for notes and class work.

     Note: We will take pictures of students for academic use.

     Contact information:

     szheng@buffaloschools.org. Please feel free to email me.


    Online Resources for Chinese

    1. Windows XP download Chinese font software:

    2. Online lessons

    3. Writing characters

    4.Lexiconer English-Chinese Dictionary, Chinese-English Dictionary:    


    5. Learn Chinese online



      Classroom Rules


    General classroom rules

    General classroom rules are rules that are in place all day long—throughout all activities. General classroom rules are important because they let the students know what basic behavioral expectations they have at all times in this classroom, and they are the first part of my classroom discipline plan as well. Please let me know if you disagree with me. Otherwise, I will assume that you accept these rules. The content of the rules are as follows:


    Follow directions.

    Keep hands to yourself.

    Do not leave the room without permission.

    No swearing, teasing, yelling.

    Be in your seat when the bell rings.

    Do not interrupt when someone else is speaking.