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Course Schedule

Please contact the school for availability of these courses.

Foothill Chinese School Course Descriptions:

Pre_ Chinese:

Introductory Chinese taught through physical response, songs, art and craft, story based, and other comprehension based methods. The course is with a focus on listening and speaking. This class is popular for children with no prior exposure to Chinese. The topics include greetings, names, school, family, home, dates, foods, and more.

Core material: Better Chinese – My First Chinese Words

Beginner Chinese 1:

This course is designed for students from non-Chinese Speaking families and those who have completed Pre Chinese or have some prior knowledge of Chinese.  With communicative classroom activities, the course seeks to help students develop basic skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The topics include greetings, names, nationalities, school, family, home, dates, fruit, school supplies, food and more.

Text Book: Better Chinese – My First Chinese Reader Volume 1

Vocabulary words:  about 100

Beginner Chinese 2:

This class is designed for students who have basically completed My First Chinese Reader Volume 1 or have an equivalent knowledge of Chinese. This class will build upon material from past classes to help students speak Chinese in a more natural environment. The topics include colors, clothes, opposites, sports, pets, vehicles, prices, directions, weather, comparisons and more.

Text Book: Better Chinese – My First Chinese Reader Volume 2

Vocabulary words:  about 200

Beginner Chinese 2  (Advanced):

This class is designed for students who have essentially completed My First Chinese Reader Volume 1 and Volume 2 or have an equivalent knowledge of Chinese. The students will continue to work on listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese. This class will help students build up confidence in Chinese by reviewing and practicing the vocabularies and sentence structures learned in Volume 1 and Volume 2.

Text Book: Better Chinese – My First Chinese Reader Volume 2

Vocabulary words:  about 200-300

Beginner Chinese 3:

This class is designed for students who have basically completed My First Chinese Reader Volume 1 and Volume 2, or have an equivalent knowledge of Chinese. The students will continue to work on listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese. The topics include using the phone, jobs, directions, the zoo, playing with friends, classes, eating at a Chinese restaurant, body parts and more.

Text Book: Better Chinese – My First Chinese Reader Volume 3

Vocabulary words:  about 300

Chinese Culture Class (Listening! Speaking! Fun!)

This class is available for all levels of Chinese language proficiency. The class will focus on daily conversation and listening comprehension through combining language instruction with cultural activities. The topics include Chinese calligraphy, Chinese paper cutting, traditional Chinese painting, Chinese holidays, and Chinese music and dance, and more.

Core material: Better Chinese – Supplementary

Intermediate Chinese 1

This class helps students who have successfully completed the Beginning Chinese series, or completed MeiChou HuaYu volume 4, or have an equivalent knowledge of Chinese, to improve their ability to communicate in Chinese. The students will continue to work on listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese with a focus on reading comprehension and using a wider vocabulary to describe things in writing.

Text Book: MeiChou HuaYu Volume 4&5; Better Chinese Series

Vocabulary words:  about 500-600

Text Book: 美洲华语第四册&第五册

SAT II Chinese:

This course is designed for students who have high expectations and goals for their Chinese learning. This course will prepare students for the Chinese SAT II Subject Test and the AP Chinese test.