Chinese Resource List Overview


Language and Culture

Grades 4–12 (Nine-year Program)
Grades 7–9, 10S, 20S, 30S (Six-year Program)
10–20–30 (Three-year Program)

February 2006 (Draft)

The complete draft document is available online at

http://education.gov.ab.ca/k_12/curriculum/bySubject/languages

OVERVIEW OF PROGRAM OF STUDIES

DEFINITIONS OF PROGRAMS

  • Three-year Program
    The Chinese Language and Culture 10–20–30 program is intended for students who are beginning their study of Chinese language and culture in senior high school.
  • Six-year Program
    The Chinese Language and Culture 7–8–9, 10S–20S–30S program is intended for students who are beginning their study of Chinese language and culture in junior high school.
  • Nine-year Program
    Alberta Education is assisting school authorities to successfully implement the nine-year provincial language and culture programs of study with a Grade 4 entry point.

The Chinese Language and Culture Grade 4 to Grade 12 program is intended for students who are beginning their study of Chinese language and culture in elementary school.

THE CONCEPTUAL MODEL

The aim of the Chinese language and culture programs of study is the development of communicative competence in Chinese.

Four Components

For the purposes of the program of studies, communicative competence is represented by four interrelated and interdependent components.

  • Applications deal with what the students will be able to do with the language, the functions they will be able to perform and the contexts in which they will be able to operate.

  • Language Competence addresses the students’ knowledge of the language and their ability to use that knowledge to interpret and produce meaningful texts appropriate to the situations in which they are used.

  • Strategies help students learn and communicate more effectively and more efficiently.

  • Global Citizenship aims to develop intercultural competence, with a particular focus on Chinese culture.

Each of these components is described more fully at the beginning of the corresponding section of the program of studies.