Mandarin Accelerated Program
Students in this program should have completed the Mandarin bilingual program from grade 4 to grade 7 at Jamieson Elementary School. This program offers two separate courses in grade 8 and one course in grade 9. The students are required to take all courses in order to remain in the accelerated program.
Mandarin 8 Accelerated (Communication) (MMAN-08CO)
This course builds on the language skills acquired in elementary school. Students continue to develop their oral communication skills through a variety of creative works (i.e. songs, films, artwork, presentations and news reporting). At the end of the course students should be able to express themselves orally in basic Mandarin. This course is intended for students who have completed the Mandarin Bilingual Program at Jamieson Elementary. Students enrolling in this course MUST ALSO register for Mandarin 8 Accelerated (Language) (MMAN-08LA).
Mandarin 8 Accelerated (Language) (MMAN-08LA)
This course further develops Mandarin literacy and communicative proficiency using Chinese Made Easy, Book 2. Exploration into the Chinese culture will include history, art appreciation and selected literature. Students learn to read and write the simplified characters and may use the traditional characters as an aide during this transition. Pinyin is also introduced in the beginning of the year and is continuously used throughout the course of the whole program. The emphasis is on proficient verbal communication with reading and writing complimenting verbal fluency. This course is intended for students who have completed the Mandarin Bilingual Program at Jamieson Elementary. Students enrolling in this course MUST ALSO register for Mandarin 8 Accelerated (Communication) (MMANH-08CO).
Mandarin 9 (MMAN-09)
This course is offered to students who have no or a little knowledge of Chinese. At this introductory level, students will learn to exchange greetings, introduce family and friends, express likes and dislikes, and discuss the weather and daily activities, such as sports and health, food and clothing, etc., through a communicative approach. Students will learn the Pinyin system and basic characters. Components of characters and stroke orders will be introduced and used in learning to write characters. Skills in reading and writing simple Chinese will be practiced and the basic sentence structures will be learned during this first year.
Mandarin 9 Accelerated (Language) (MMAN-10LA)
This course is a continuation of Mandarin 8 Accelerated (Language). Students continue to acquire Mandarin language proficiency through a communicative and a more literature-based approach using Chinese Made Easy, Book 3. Creative writing and personal writing will be explored. Transference of a more literal writing style will be encouraged in written expressions. Exploration into the Chinese culture will continue to include history, art appreciation and selected literature. At the end of the course, students should be able to read comprehensively and express themselves in writing in more meaningful contexts, such as notes, letters and descriptive paragraphs. Students will proceed either to Mandarin 10 or Mandarin 11 the following year. This will be based on teacher’s recommendation and result of final grade.
Mandarin 10 (MMAN-10)
This second-year course is created for students who have completed Mandarin 9 or have some experience in learning Mandarin. Students will learn to introduce themselves, including families and friends, diet and health, hobbies and school related activities, etc. The vocabulary of daily situations will be practiced, such as classroom expressions, the number systems, time, currency, clothing, sports, weather and seasons, household items, and body parts. Chinese sentence structures and reading and writing skills will be further developed. On completion of this course, students will reach level 2 or 3 of HSK (a standard Mandarin efficiency test).
Mandarin 11 (MMAN-11)
This intermediate course is developed for students who have a few years of Mandarin experiences. Students will gain increased understanding of Chinese culture and customs through conversational exchanges. Reading comprehensions and writing abilities will be improved through short stories and articles, advertisements and letters, etc. focusing on cultural awareness, diet and health, environment and transportation etc. The basic grammar and sentence structures will be introduced. Comprehension of spoken Mandarin will be reinforced by increasing use of Mandarin in instruction and in exchanges among students. On completing this course, students will reach level 3 or 4 of HSK (a standard Mandarin efficiency test).
Mandarin 12 (MMAN-12)
This course is established for students who wish to continue learning Mandarin after having completed Mandarin 11. In this advanced course, students will use their prior knowledge of Mandarin to improve their Mandarin reading and writing skills. Chinese proverbs and traditional culture will be introduced. Various themes, such as social activities, travel and leisure time, earth and environment, education and job hunting, etc., will be used to improve the skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing to a high level. Upon completion of this course, students will reach level 4 or 5 of HSK (a standard Mandarin efficiency test).