- 十年級準備考Chinese AP test。學到這階段，這應該不難。
Now that 12 year old “Charlotte” starts reading 金庸’s 神鵰俠侶 and can type her own creative writings, I can see the beginning of the last stage of our pre-college Chinese language art (CLA) journey. At this point, I foresee that this last stage will last three years, from 7th through 9th grade, as follows:
- Continue studying 6th grade self-study guide over the next two years. It takes longer for my elder daughter, since she has heavier school work. At the mean time, continue reading novels, concentrating more on original Chinese novels instead of translated ones, and doing read-aloud of literary work and cultural studies with the Chinese tutor on the weekend.
- Summer after 7th grade: focus on Chinese composition (by typing). She will hopefully work on bilingual children’s book, as drawing/painting and writing are two of her passions. With another year of playing/learning guitar, a favorite activity, she will hopefully work on making covers of Chinese songs (she is playing 時間都去哪兒了 tonight). She is receptive to voice lessons. So, we’ll see.
- Summer after 8th grade: learn commonly used simplified characters and do more non-fictional readings. After going over the basics, it should be fairly straight forward. One simple way would be to read fluently articles on www.slow-chinese.com and www.thechairmansbao.com first in traditional and then in simplified characters. These articles are suitable for HS students and adults, not kids.
- Summer after 9th grade: one month of summer job in mainland China and Taiwan alongside other natives through friends and family.
- Studying for and taking the Chinese AP test should be fairly easy in 10th grade. She will be “wrapping up” her pre-college CLA journey while most heritage students are just ramping it up in 9-10th grade.
- Continue reading Chinese novels and enjoying CLE after all these.
This “last” phase of our pre-college CLA journey should be the first phase, or more accurately, resumption of our Spanish language art journey.
- Summer after 7th grade: resume Spanish home self-study and home tutoring. It’s fairly easy to find suitable tutors. Current plan is for ~ 50 hours of study.
- 8th grade: read/study more Spanish on the weekends.
- Summer after 8th grade: Another ～80 hours of study.
- 9th grade: HS Spanish II or III.
- Summer after 9th grade: ~ 40 hours of study.
- 10th grade: Spanish III or IV. By the end 10th grade, she should be IRL level 2.
- Summer after 10th grade: hopefully one month of immersion volunteering trip in the Dominican Republic, back in the home country of my teenage years.
- 11th grade: Spanish IV or college Spanish. She should be close to ILR level 3 by then.
Of course, like all “good” Asian parents, she has time for some fun (she loves sleep-overs and hanging out with her friends – who wouldn’t.) and to work on other subjects, activities, and tennis, her sport of choice. Lastly, she reminds me that I promised her equestrian lessons this summer, another favorite activity from several years back, for achieving her target grade so far this year. Thank goodness lesson cost is reasonable in our neck of the wood in relatively rural eastern NC.
Well, at least these are the plans. We’ll see how it goes. I can’t wait.