Chinese Essay Writing Template

Open to:Grades 2 - 12

Prerequisites:Qualifying verbal or math score; and successfulcompletion ofChinese for Elementary Students, Advanced, Part IV or 4 years of Chinese study for students in grades 2-6, Chinese Language, Intermediate, Part II or 2 years of Chinese study for students in grades 7-12, or placement test.

Course Format:Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

Course Length:12 weeks (Fall, Winter, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)

Course Code: CHEW

Course Description

Description

This course will guide students in the creative delivery of their ideas in written Chinese. Students will begin reviewing vocabulary and grammar, including sentence structure, and then move on to the writing process. Activities include reading articles that require students to synthesize, determine cause and effect, and draw comparisons and conclusions. Students will be encouraged to support their ideas with specific examples. Writing assignments may include a short narrative story, a description, and a persuasive essay. This course is ideal for students with strong speaking skills who desire more practice in their Chinese reading and writing. Students will be separated by grade into two groups: grades 2 – 6 and grades 7 – 12, if enrollment permits.

Materials Required

Students will need a headset with microphone. A microphone with an on/off switch is recommended.

In addition, a textbook must be purchased for this course:

Developing Writing Skills in Chinese, 2nd Edition by Boping Yuan & Kan Qian, Routledge. ISBN-13: 9780415678896.


Optional: Although a Chinese-English dictionary is not required, it may be useful as a personal reference for the duration of this course.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

The following topics will be covered in the course:

  • Introduction to Narrative Essays
  • Sample Narrative Essay Reading
  • Analyzing and Discussing the Elements of Narrative Essay
  • Introduction to Descriptive Essays
  • Sample Descriptive Essay Reading
  • Analyzing and Discussing the Elements of Descriptive Essay
  • Description of People's Physical Attributes
  • Description of People's Emotional Attributes
  • Description of People's Disposition
  • Description of People's Movements and Actions
  • Description of Places and Weather

Technical Requirements

This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.

Most course lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but in some cases assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.

About eReading & eWriting Sample Assignments

Learning foreign languages depend on listening, speaking, reading, and writing, all of which are necessary to accomplish language-learning goals. Our eWrite Chinese Program is targeted specifically towards reading and writing. Below are some of our sample reading and writing assignments for beginner and intermediate levels.

Beginner Reading Assignment Sample:R02-07

R02-07 “I Love My Young Sister” is author Danna Li 's work, written at age 8. The essay is four paragraphs long and contains 283 characters. A short glossary of 20 new characters and phrases have been added to reduce the difficulty of reading and aid comprehension. Students need to answer 8 questions, each with three possible choices. In addition, various exercises are provided to strengthen the reader's vocabulary, grammar, etc.

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Beginner Reading Assignment Sample:R03-09

R03-09 “The Red Chair” is author Lin Na's work, rewritten from English. The essay is six paragraphs long and contains 845 characters. A short glossary of 24 new characters and phrases have been added to reduce the difficulty of reading and aid comprehension. Students need to answer 10 questions, each with three possible choices. In addition, various exercises are provided to strengthen the reader's vocabulary, grammar, etc.

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Beginner Writing Assignment Sample:W02-05

W02-05 I love my little pet This is a modeled essay about animals. The instructions allow students to use their previous essays, as well as any pets they currently own, as inspiration for the essays they wrote. Other than a suggested vocabulary list, the instruction provides a four-part guide in both Chinese and English.

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Beginner Writing Assignment Sample:W03-01

W03-01 Piggy Bank is a object description essay. The instructions provided a few pictures about piggie banks and 6 potential essay topics. The most helpful for students are four detailed, Chinese/English guidelines.

sample/W03-01_Piggybank_瓷猪储蓄罐_1.doc Download Sample

Intermediate Reading Assignment Sample 1:

R05-18 Black Nose

sample/R05-18_Black_Nose_黑鼻子.doc Download Sample

Intermediate Reading Assignment Sample 2:

R06-17 Tongtong's Piano Teacher

sample/R06-17_Tongtongs_Piano_Teacher_童童的钢琴老师_1.doc Download Sample

Intermediate Writing Assignment Sample 1:

W05-14 Description -An ethnic lady

sample/W05-14_Description_-An_ethnic_lady_美丽的云南姑娘.doc Download Sample

Intermediate Writing Assignment Sample 2:

W06-10 Blind & Qilin

sample/W06-10_Blind__Qilin_盲人与麒麟_1.doc Download Sample

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