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Mandarin 12

Mandarin 12 Course Overview

Big Ideas

Language learning is a lifelong process.

Sharing our feelings, opinions, and beliefs in a new language contributes to our identity.

With increased language proficiency, we can discuss and justify opinions with nuance and clarity.

Exploring diverse forms of cultural expression promotes greater understanding and appreciation of cultures worldwide.

Becoming more proficient in a new language enables us to explore global issues.



With more Mandarin under your command, we talk about your culture, your family, tradition, and how we can interpret ancient Chinese wisdom in today’s world in the context of evolving cultural values, sustainability, and climate change.

We also look at some well-known and some not so well-known classical Chinese literature, practice writing well-structured short stories and essays.

The course is offered in both Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Students can choose whichever they are comfortable with.

Where does this course fit?

  • Pre-requisite: Mandarin 11 required, unless you are a native Mandarin speaker
  • Graduation Status: Grade 12 elective for graduation
  • Students can also consider AP Chinese Language and Culture after this course, or concurrently

Course Materials

  • All course materials are online.

Brief Outline



Life and Stories

Language is about culture, and culture is about what we do. We look at some essays that talk about people in our lives. We also look at how to write an effective short paragraph.

Places and Culture

Where we live shapes our culture. We read about the food culture of Chinese speaking communities. Students will also learn about traditions that are passed down orally, and learn to describe things by speaking only.


There are many traditional holidays in Chinese culture; there are also many in Canadian culture. Living in Canada, we talk about various holidays, their origins, and how these cultural practices might or might not have impacts on our environment.


Throughout the course, we sample many historic or contemporary literary pieces. In this unit, we look at a few more lesser-known stories. Students will also explore a few origin stories of idioms on their own, and describe how the social values back then still apply (or does not apply) today.

Assessment Percentage Breakdown

Assessment Type

Percentage of the Course







Final exam


You have up to a year to complete your course.

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