为什么中文?

(wèi shén me zhōng wén ‐ Why Chinese?)

Scheduling began for underclassmen on February 2.  Students have many language opportunities, including Chinese, which has been offered at Medina High School since 2009.

I hope to see students taking the opportunity to increase their culture awareness which will help them communicate more appropriately with people who have a different cultural background,” said Mrs. Shasha Gibbs, the teacher for all Chinese classes and advisor of Chinese Club.

Chinese I introduces students to basic Chinese sounds, tones, and sentence structure as well as reading and conversing in the language. Students also learn about Chinese culture, history, customs and holidays like Chinese New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Chinese II builds upon the knowledge acquired in the Chinese I course and further develops listening and conversation skills. In addition, students will continue to expand their vocabulary and include the new words and phrases  in more complex sentence structures.

Chinese III expands the curriculum even further than previous courses, by focusing more on using the language in community versus personal life. More cultural topics as well as authentic materials will be discussed in class.

The Honors Chinese IV class is taught in complete Chinese consequently immersing the student in the language.  Students will also participate in projects that maximize understanding of the language, culture, society, and customs.

“For students who are considering taking Chinese in college, the high school classes will definitely provide them with a good head start.” said Gibbs. “[From taking Chinese] I hope to see students being more competitive when it comes to college and job applications.”