AP course calendar
Previous AP exam questions
Worksheet to summarize types of questions
AP scoring rubrics
AP exam sample answers posted by the College Board
How to score high
Video clips of 5 levels of Mandarin
Soap opera 爱情公寓
Soap opera 甄嬛傳
set of 76
3 points - included 3 supporting points each contains few sentences for elaboration
1 point - use of cohesive devices in each of the 3 points above
1 point - comparison
3 point - significance from 3 angles with elaboration
General Sentences WORD PDF
Etymology of Chinese Characters WORD PDF
5/12-5/16 Test - point out cultural aspects etc. in your Reflection (due 5/19)
5/8 Quick feedback HW 9 (due 5/9)
5/7 AP Chinese exam
5/5 AP exam week starts
5/2 Read more signs
5/1 Read signs
4/30 Picture narration
4/25 Etymology of Chinese characters, U9.1
4/22 Interpersonal Speaking continues
4/21 Interpersonal Speaking
4/17 Story Narration
4/16 Story Narration
4/15 Story Narration HW 8.4: "Describe one of four Chinese great inventions and explain its significance (due 4/17)"
4/14 Finish U8.3
4/11 Describe Han Dynasty
4/10 Why going to the college
4/9 Start U8.3
4/8 Start U8.3 HW 8.3: "Describe changes in China and explain the significance (due 4/10)" Click here for a list of changes.
4/7 Look up public signs
4/4 Finish U8.2
4/5 check on themes that are yet to be covered
4/3 continue U8.2
4/2 gather thoughts on changes in PRC
4/1 HW 8.2: "Describe ONE Chinese historical site and explain its significance (due 4/3)"
3/31 Start U8.2
3/21 Quarter 3 test
3/20 Continue U8.1
3/19 Continue U8.1
3/18 Chinese festivals HW 8.1: "Describe ONE Chinese festival and explain its significance (due 3/20)"
3/17 Continue U8.1
3/14 Start Unit U8.1
3/13 Quiz on sentence structures
3/12 Summary of 4 Great Novels
3/11 Finish U7.3 HW 7.5: "Brief introduction of (in Chinese) 1 of 4 Great Classical Novels: 西游记,水浒传,三国演义,红楼梦 (due 3/13)"
3/10 Continue U7.3
3/7 Continue U7.3
3/6 Speaking test RE: Chinese celebrity
3/5 HW 7.4: "Presenting (in English) 1 of 4 Great Classical Novels: 西游记,水浒传,三国演义,红楼梦 (due 3/10)"
3/4 Continue U7.3
3/3 Sample presentation on celebrity
2/28 Quick demo on what the AP exam screens look like
2/27 Continue U7.3
2/26 Speaking test continued RE: A City in China
2/25 vocab about a trip; Speaking test; HW 7.3: "Describe one Chinese celebrity and explain his/her significance (due 2/27)"
2/24 Reading practice
2/21 Listening continued (Test on 2/25 - Oral presentation on Chinese City)
2/20 Listening practice
2/19 Go over sample answers to Describing a Chinese city and its significance
2/18 Start U7.3 HW 7.2: "Describe one Chinese musical instrument and explain its significance (due 2/20)"
2/14 Finish U7.2
2/13 Continue U7.2
2/12 Start U7.2
2/11 Finish U7.1 HW 7.1: "Describe one Chinese city and explain its significance (due 2/13)"
2/10 Speaking Quiz on Chinese Cuisine
2/7 Continue U7.1
2/6 ACTFL standards revisit
2/5 Start U7.1
2/4 Speaking prep on Regional Cuisine. HW 6.3: "Write the response you would give to these prompts"
2/3 Finish U6.2
1/31 Happy New Year! HW 6.2: "Describe one Chinese regional cuisine"
Resources: textbook p.81, 四大菜系, 八大菜系
1/30 U6.2 continued
1/29 start U6.2
1/27 & 1/28 no school - inclement weather
1/24 Finished U6.1
1/23 Chinese Dance HW 6.1: "Describe a Chinese Dance and its significance
1/22 Start U6.1
1/15-1/17 Semester 1 Final exam
1/13 & 1/14 Self study or read articles posted here.
1/10 Go over eating a meal
1/9 Chinese songs HW 5.2: "Describe a Chinese song and its significance in writing - Sample Lyrics"
1/8 Finish U5-2 HW 5.1: "Translate a portion of this new item to Chinese"
1/6 & 1/7 no school - inclement weather
12/20 last day before winter break
12/16 Start U5-2
12/13 create your own word bank (pdf)
12/12 question categories (pdf)
12/11 Start U5-1
12/10 Scoring rubrics revisit, HW 4.2: "Describe a Chinese movie and its significance in writing (for later voice recording)."
12/9 Finish U4-2
12/6 U4-2 reading practice
12/5 U4-2 listening practice
12/4 Start U4-2
12/3 Went over sample on Chinese historical figure and posted it next to the homework assignment 4.1
12/2 Finish U4-1
11/27 Continued U4-1 HW: Watch a Chinese Movie - Click here
11/26 Continue Chinese History HW 4.1: Describe a Chinese historical figure and his/her significance Sample
11/25 Continue U4-1, Start introduction to Chinese history
11/22 Start U4-1, HW 3.5: Cultural Week conversation B - Prompt
11/21 See video clips of Cultural Performance HW 3.4: Cultural Week conversation A - Prompt
11/20 Chinese Lion Dance & Dragon Dance
11/19 Quiz on Technology - persuasion email response Prompt
11/18 Finish U3-3
11/15 Continue U3-3
11/14 Start U3-3. HW 3.3: "Describe a Chinese leisure activity and its significance in writing (for later voice recording)." Sample
11/13 Look at sample answers and gather thoughts on leisure activities
11/12 HW 3.2: "Describe a Chinese Art Form and its significance in writing (for later voice recording)." Sample
11/8 Start gathering thought for presenting "a Chinese Art Form"
11/7 Finish U3-2
11/6 Start U3-2
11/5 Finish U3-1
11/4 Start U3-1
11/1 Go over sample poem HW 3.1: "Describe a Chinese poem and state its significance in writing (for later voice recording)." Sample
10/31 Finish reading portion of the test
10/30 Go over reading test continued
10/29 Go over listening and reading portion
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10/25 Go over listening portion
10/24 Do retired 2007 AP Chinese - reading portion
10/23 Do retired 2007 AP Chinese - writing portion
10/22 Do retired 2007 AP Chinese - listening portion. click here for audio clips.
10/21 finish U2-3
10/18 conversation with visitors
10/17 practice skits and questions for the visitors from PRC. Click here for the list of questions.
10/16 continue U2-3; HW 2.7: Write notes for 2 min Cultural presentation "Describe a Chinese idiom and its significance."
10/15 express questions to visitors in Chinese
10/11 create topics to ask visitors from China
10/10 non-travel day; practice your skit; prepare Q/A for Oct. 18 when you all are hosting visiting teachers from PRC
10/9 go over sentence patterns HW 2.6: Speak your homework 2-4 by first calling 1-847-718-5928 and then record (or x5928 if using a phone in the building).
10/8 start vocab on the topic of education
10/7 work cohesive devices into the persuasion paragraph
10/4 work in pair to come up with valid expressions using cohesive devices HW 2.5: email response - your penpal wrote "请你介绍一下你的学校"
10/3 quiz on cohesive devices
10/2 practice responding to the prompts about interviewing for a part-time job HW 2.4: Click here for homework.
10/1 practice skits until fluent (i.e. not relying on notes)
9/30 Go over the vocab of working part-time
9/27 Continue with academic related listening
9/26 Continue with academic related listening HW 2.3: email - Persuade someone to major in a certain field. 10 sentences, include 3 supporting points and 2 cohesive devices
9/25 Listening to academic related conversation
9/24 Oral test on Unit 0 & 1
9/23 Unit 2-2 for PHS
9/20 Start Unit 2-2 for RMHS
9/19 practice fable story skits for Nov. 8 stage show at South Middle School
9/18 cover 2nd half of Unit 2-1 HW2.2: Persuade someone to take a certain course (你应该选...课)
9/17 test on Unit 0 and 1 (use of cohesive devices required). Click here for the test.
9/16 prepare the act of assigned idiom for stage show
9/13 Start Unit 2-1, the topic is Academic; HW2.1: Describe the courses that you'll be taking next semester and why
9/12 Create a story based on 4 pictures showing hot summer night, a student couldn't fall asleep because roommates were chatting ...
9/11 prepare for stage show - acting out the Chinese idioms - 自相矛盾,狐假虎威.
9/10 Go over sample answers on weather HW1.2: Describe how long you have lived here and how the weather is in 20 seconds (你在这里住了多久了? 这儿的天气怎么样?)
9/9 Finish Unit 1 expressions.
9/6 Started Unit 1 expressions.
9/4 Quiz on conversation; go over sample answers to "recommendations to how to study Chinese well"; HW:1.1 discuss advantage and disadvantage of doing something (请你谈谈 ... 的好处和坏处. e.g. prepare Chinese food vs. American food or take Mandarin vs Spanish) in 6 sentences
9/3 Go over College Board's sample answers to "the difference between Chinese & English"
8/30 In class, prepare a 20 sec. response that explains "The difference between English & Chinese" or "How Chinese characters are constructed" (apply some expressions recently learned)
8/29 Go over Set 0-3 Expressions HW0.2: describe a friend of yours and things that you do together (请你介绍一下你的一个好朋友.还有你们平常都做些什么?) Work some expressions into your paragraph.
8/28 overview of our AP course units. Go over Set 0-1 and 0-2 Expressions
8/27 - rubrics for scoring HW0.1: describe your summer activities (你平常在暑假的时候都做些什么?) in 6 sentences
8/23, 8/26 - get to know the type of questions in previous AP exam
8/21, 8/22 distant learning environment setup