We are pleased to offer language courses for middle & high school students in Mandarin. Our courses are taught by certified language teachers using the ACTFL proficiency model as our guide for evaluation. Proficiency is defined as what a speaker can produce spontaneously and unrehearsed in the target language. Based on the ACTFL proficiency model, our courses are broken into four different levels:
- Novice Low - Novice Mid (Level 1)
At the beginning novice level, students are being introduced to the target language and culture. By the end of the semester they will be able to use some words, phrases, and occasional sentences for common objects and actions with repetition. They will also be able to recognize some cultural places, products and practices. They will be able to understand some simple questions and statements, often needing to hear things again.
- Novice Mid - Novice High (Level 2)
At the middle novice level, students are exploring the target language and culture in terms of everyday life. By the end of the semester they will be able to use familiar words and phrases and even begin to elaborate on familiar tasks, topics and activities. They will also be able to put together short, simple original sentences in the present tense and begin to give their opinion about some cultural products and practices.
- Intermediate Low - Intermediate Mid (Level 3 - 4)
At the intermediate level, students are creating with the target language and are able to understand questions and statements from real life situations. By the end of the semester, they will be able to use words and expressions from a wide range of topics and begin to expand and give details on familiar topics. They will be able to use strings of simple sentences and connect ideas to describe and explain, and they will begin to use different tenses. They will also be able to compare cultural products, practices and perspectives of the target culture with their own.
- Intermediate High - Advanced Low (Level 4 - AP Prep)
At the intermediate high to advanced low level, students are telling stories, debating opinions and ideas, and experiencing the target language and culture with deep understanding and connection. By the end of the semester, students will be able to communicate ideas on a wide range of topics and use culturally appropriate idiomatic expressions. They will be able to communicate in clear and organized paragraph length to narrate in all major time frames. They will also be able to compare their own community with the target culture that includes supporting details and relevant examples.
These courses are taught by practicing Mandarin teachers certified in grades 5-12 and follow traditional school semesters. Students can take courses one or both semesters:
- Semester 1: September 21 - January 15 (15 weeks)
- Semester 2: January 18 - May 14 (17 weeks including 2 weeks for vacation)
Classes will have 3 hours per week of structured asynchronous instructional time on Idioma's Schoology Learning Management System, homework each week, and 2 synchronous 30 minute sessions of live conversation with the instructor. Attendance will be taken and letter grades will be submitted to the school. Tuition is $550 per student per semester.
For school districts interested in enrolling multiple students or classes, we are happy to offer special district and cohort pricing. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.