Competence based instruction is important in any subject area. It focuses on how students can apply the skills learned rather than what students know about a subject. Regarding foreign languages, it means that the focus of the instruction is on what students can do with the target language rather than what they know about the target language. Some of the ultimate goals of learning a foreign language are to be able to communicate in target language and to be able to make connection with the culture of the target country.
The Unit 1 Introduction to Chinese Grammar consists of six elementary level lessons. The unit is designed for beginner learners in secondary schools with the focus on the core underlying structure behind Chinese grammar. It teaches the basics of Chinese language that beginning students need to be able to communicate in the language. It helps students understand how the Chinese language works grammatically and how to use the language in real life.
Unit 1 Introduction to Chinese Grammar
Lesson 1: Word Order in the Chinese Language
Lesson 2: Introduction of Negation Words in the Chinese Language
Lesson 3: Yes/No Questions in the Chinese Language
Lesson 4: Word Order for the Content Questions in the Chinese Language
Lesson 5: Introduction of the “shi (是)……..de (的)” Structure in the Chinese Language
Lesson 6: Adjectives in the Chinese Language
1. Students will be able to use correct word order in the Chinese language.
2. Students will be able to form Yes/No questions in the Chinese language.
3. Students will be able to use correct word order for the content questions in the Chinese language.
4. Students will be able to use correct “shi (是)……..de (的)” structure, a unique Chinese grammatical structure which has no equivalent in English language.
5. Students will be able to use correct adjectives in the Chinese language.
Instructions will consist of various formats such as text, images, audio recordings, class/group/individual activities, and videos to accommodate all different learning styles.
Assessments/Evaluations will include a pre-assessment to identify students’ prior knowledge of the content, end of lesson assessments, projects, oral presentations, and a final/comprehensive assessment.