Virtual Learning

VHS Learning Adds Chinese Language and Culture Course for High Schoolers

As China becomes an increasingly important player in international business, politics, technology, and diplomacy, virtual instruction provider VHS Learning has added a Chinese Language and Culture introductory course, open to high school students nationwide either through their school or through independent study, according to a news release.

The course will be available in two formats: a 15-week, standard-paced course each fall and spring, with Fall 2023 registration open now; or as a flexible self-paced course, which launches July 1 for registration and immediate course access. Self-paced students will have up to 20 weeks to complete the course.

Students who take Chinese Language and Culture “will explore practices and perspectives of Chinese culture, including familiar topics such as celebrations, family and school life, and foods,” VHS Learning said. “They will also learn how to express feelings, likes, dislikes, and ideas through brief discussions. Activities will include interpreting text and audio from resources such as videos, podcasts, and articles.”

Both versions of the course includes the following units: 

  1. Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture

  2. Ancient Chinese History

  3. Everyday Life

  4. Culture

  5. Experiences and Connections 

VHS Learning’s all-virtual courses are offered by some high schools to supplement locally staffed class offerings; students also may enroll in the courses directly with VHS Learning if they choose. 

Chinese Language and Culture is the latest in VHS Learning’s series of Chinese courses. During the most recent semester, 46 students registered for the language course Chinese 1, with more advanced students enrolling in the Chinese 2 and Chinese 3, the company said. The Advanced Placement version of Chinese Language and Culture launched last fall 2022. 

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