AP Chinese Language & Culture: Curricular Requirements

  • The teacher has read the most recent AP Chinese Language and Culture Course Description.
  • The course prepares students to demonstrate their level of Chinese proficiency across the three communicative modes: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational, as articulated in Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (Standards); and at the Intermediate level, as articulated in the ACTFL Performance Guidelines for K-12 Learners. (For Standards descriptions, see the Standards Executive Summary. For Intermediate level performance descriptions, see ACTFL Performance Guidelines for K-12 Learners.)
       Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century (.pdf/2.58MB)
       ACTFL Performance Guidelines for K-12 Learners
  • In addition to communication, the course also addresses the Standards' other four goals: cultural competence, connections to other school disciplines, comparisons between Chinese language and culture and those of the learners, and the use of the language within the broader communities beyond the traditional school environment.
  • The teacher uses Chinese almost exclusively in class and encourages students to do likewise.
  • Language instruction frequently integrates a range of Chinese cultural content that exposes students to perspectives broader than their immediate environment, for example, the fundamental aspects of daily life in China, Chinese family and societal structures, and national and international issues.
  • Assessments are frequent, varied, and explicitly linked to the Standards' goal areas. Prior to assigning an assessment task, teachers share with their students the criteria against which their performances will be evaluated.
  • The teacher chooses from among both conventional print and aural materials such as textbooks, audiovisual materials, and Web-based content designed for language learning. They also make use of materials generally used by native Chinese speakers, such as print and Web-based texts; animated computer programs; and video-, CD-, and DVD-based products. Teachers scaffold students' experiences with these texts, particularly those that would normally be considered beyond the grasp of high school students.
  • The course teaches students to develop both communication and language learning strategies, such as inferring meaning either through sociocultural context or linguistic features.
  • The teacher plans and implements structured cooperative learning activities to support ongoing and frequent interpersonal interaction, and employs a range of instructional strategies to meet the diverse needs of his or her learners.
  • The course provides students with opportunities to develop both Chinese handwriting skills and word processing skills in Hanyu Pinyin or Bopomofo.

Resource Requirements

  • The school ensures that each student has a copy of the texts utilized in the course for use inside and outside of the classroom, and has access to an in-school computer capable of inputting and displaying Chinese characters.
  • The school facilitates student use, outside of instructional time, of in-school or public library computers capable of inputting and displaying Chinese characters. 
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