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Chinese 1 Vocabulary List 

new: Pronumciation Drills 


Mr, Dingman Yu                                                                                Location: Room 337

CHINESE 1 is a year-long course designed to help students become motivated learners in the Chinese language with emphasis placed on Mandarin pronunciation (PINYIN system), fundamental skills of writing Chinese characters, and some simple conversational skills.

AIM  After completion of this course, students will be able to continue with CHINESE 2 course that is also offered at South High School. Students will develop skills in Chinese pronunciation (finals, initials, tones, etc.) and character writing (strokes, radicals, characters, etc.). 

Course objectives Upon the completion of the course, the learners will be able to acquire the following skills:

  • Pronunciation:  Accurate pronunciation of all Chinese sounds and all the words and characters learned in this semester.
  • Listening: Ability to understand classroom Chinese and everyday Chinese on the topics covered in and relevant to the textbook.
  •  Grammar:  Correct use of grammatical patterns introduced in Lessons 1-15 of Interactive Chinese.  
  • Reading:  Ability to understand and read aloud correctly texts in both Pinyin and Mandarin characters covered in Lessons 8-14 of Interactive Chinese.   
  • Conversation:  Ability to converse in Mandarin on subject matters covered in Lessons 1-15 of Interactive Chinese.  
  • Orthography:  ability to recognize correctly 170-200 new Chinese characters, and to write accurately 100-120 characters with correct stroke order from memory. A list of vocabulary to study for this year is available on line at .

Minneapolis World Language Standards included in this course

Goal 1: Communicate in a Language Other Than English

Goal 2: Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures

Goal 3: Connect with Other Disciplines and Acquire Information

Goal 4: Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture

Goal 5: Participate in Multilingual Communities at Home and Around the World

Academic Dishonesty:

 Academic dishonesty in any portion of the academic work will result in a grade of “0” on that work.
Academic dishonesty includes (but is not limited to) cheating on assignments or examinations, plagiarizing (misrepresenting as one’s own anything done by another), submitting the same or substantially similar papers (or creative work).

Acceptable behavior:

  • Asking someone how to do an assignment, or explain a concept
  • Explaining how to do an assignment
  • Comparing answers on an assignment to make sure you understood the concept
  • Using a dictionary, translation software (to translate a WORD or PHRASE) or other resources, including the Internet, to gather information

Unacceptable behavior:

  • Copying answers from someone else
  • Having someone else do your work, supply you with the answers, doing their work, or supplying answers
  • Using translation software to translate a sentence, multiple phrases, or more
  • Copying and pasting from another document without using quotation marks and citing the author
  • Any answer on a test or quiz that comes from a source other than your own mind

WORKLOAD    For each quarter, each student is expected to accomplish 20-24 written assignments, 10-15 on-line listening assignments, and take 4-6 tests (mostly in the form of dictations) in addition to 2-4 oral tests. Active participation in classroom drills and discussions is a must. Regular attendance is mandatory.

SUBJECT MATERIALS. Chinese 1Texts, Wenlin Writing CD software. Other handouts.

Internet & Audiovisual Resources

Most written assignments are posted in the class website at .  The assignments that contain Chinese characters are posted in the format of PDF files, so you will need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer to open the documents.  You can download this program for free at acrobat/readstep2.html.  In many cases you will also need to download Asian and Extended Language Font Packs at / languages/.

Attendance & participation

The attendance and participation grade will be based on preparation, regular attendance, preparation and efforts. During each quarter, only two hours of unexcused absence are allowed. Each additional unexcused absence will cost 1 point of the full percentage (14%) of the Attendance & Performance portion of the final grade. THREE cases of being tardy will be considered as one absence.

Excused and Unexcused Absence.

Absence from class with a physician’s note is excused absence and will not result in any deduction of point from the Attendance and Performance portion of the final grade.  Notification of absence by email or telephone without a physician’s note will not be accepted as excused absence, and will count toward the five hour’s unexcused absences, and result in deduction of point from the Attendance & Performance portion after the first five unexcused absences are taken.  

Written Homework. 


Written homework is assigned two to three times a week. All assignments are due on the last school day of the following week after they have been assigned to you.  No late homework assignment will be accepted without a doctor’s or a parent’s note.

On-Line Listening Assignment. 

Each quarter, each student is required to complete 10-15 listening assignments related to the content of the lessons. These assignments are posted in the class website ( ). You will need a PC computer equipped with a sound card and Microsoft Word 97 or newer as well as  internet access.  You can also check out a CD copy of the document to do it on a PC computer without internet connection. Like all written work, listening assignment is due on the last school day of the following week after it has been assigned to you.   

Make-Up Tests and Quizzes. 

All students are expected to take tests and quizzes as they are scheduled. No make-up test or quiz is allowed unless there is a physician’s or parent’s note to certify that the student cannot take the test or quiz at the scheduled time.

Contacting Mr. Yu

Mr. Yu can be reached at 651-633-5803 (home), or at 612-668-4300 (school). My extension number is 45728. My voice mail number is 21041. You can also contact me through E-mail at, or at

Grading Scale

A =   95%     A- = 90%     B+ = 87%     B = 84%     B- = 80%     C+ = 77 %     C = 74%

C- = 70%     D=60%     F=59%


Credit Distribution

            Attendance & Performance:                             14%

                Homework:          Written                                44%   (2X22)

                                              Listening                              26%  (2X13)

                Quizzes:                                                              16%  (4X4)

            Total:                                                                     100%


















1.     Finish and hand in all assignments on time. No late work will be accepted unless you have legitimate reasons.

2.     Come in ready to learn. Always bring with you the textbook, a notebook, and a pen or pencil that works.

3.     Take good notes. This is an extremely important routine that you have to follow to succeed in this class.

4.     Concentrate on learning. Avoid distractions. Be respectful. Use your time wisely in class.

5.     Use a dictionary whenever you can to check the spellings. Ask the teacher for help when you do not  understand.

6.     If you need any help, do not hesitate to ask for my help. Due to the unavailability of after-school tutoring on this subject, after-school self-study sessions may be available in Room 337 once or twice every week. Contact Mr. Yu for more information.


1.     No personal entertainment systems (by which term I mean CD-players, cassette-players and other non-school-related toys) will be allowed in the classroom. Anyone who violates this will run the risk of having the device (or the toy) confiscated by Mr. Yu

2.     No cell-phones and pagers will be allowed in the classroom. If you do have to have one for a certain day for a specific family emergent reason, have your parents write me a note to explain the situation.




1Yes, I have received a copy of Mr. Yu’s syllabus. I am aware of the consequences of my failure to observe these rules.


STUDENT NAME: ________________________   SIGN: ______________________


PARENT/GUARDIAN SIGN HERE: _______________________________________




Discovering Chinese 1

Here you will find the scanned lessons for the textbook we will use for the whole school year.


Lesson 3 How Old Are You?

Lesson 4 Which Country Are You From?


Important Note About PDF Files
Many files in this section are saved in Adobe® PDF format. To download a PDF file to your computer before printing, right click and choose "Save Target As..." on a PC. On a Mac, simply hold down the button until the "Save As..." prompt appears. You will need to use the Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® to view PDF files. If you don't have Acrobat Reader 6.0 or higher installed on your computer, choose the link for the Adobe Acrobat Reader here or below  for installation instructions. For help downloading and printing PDF files, choose the "PDF Troubleshooting" link in down below.


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