Our mission is to build linguistic skills and an understanding of the people whose languages we teach. In so doing, we give our cadets training in linguistic analysis and comparison, which will enable them to explore other new languages as their horizons expand.
In order to reinforce classroom learning, cadets also participate in regional and national language competitions and take field trips to points of cultural interest.
An introduction to the language and the cultural heritage of people who speak it. Develops basic vocabulary, communicative skills and strategies for second-language learning.
Continuing study of language and culture, expanding on skills acquired in the first year. Develops reading and writing skills and explores regional variations of language and culture.
Reinforces reading and writing skills, developing an appreciation of poetry and short stories while providing opportunities to master grammar and vocabulary. Cadets at this level refine their command of the spoken language.
These courses are intended as a beginning high school two-year curriculum in Chinese. Cadets will begin with intensive language, history, and culture studies, building oral and written proficiency. This will be accomplished through the use of daily readings, intense oral practice, basic vocabulary, grammar structures, written characters, conversation, daily review and activities designed to build cultural awareness.
These courses provide mastery and expansion of skills acquired by the students in Chinese II. Specific content includes, but is not limited to, expansions of vocabulary and conversational skills through discussions of selected readings. Contemporary vocabulary stresses activities, which are important to the everyday life of the target language-speaking people. These courses focus on important linguistic structures, in order to build and refine cadets’ understanding of Chinese grammar.
The honors courses in Spanish and Chinese emphasize development of higher levels of cultural awareness through various readings, media resources and authentic materials. The skills and knowledge acquired by the cadets in the classroom will help them excel in communicating effectively in their chosen language. This course is aligned in accordance with the standards from the College Board Advanced Placement Program.