Why Learn Chinese?

One fifth of the planet speaks Chinese. Mandarin Chinese is the mother tongue of over 873 million people, making it the most widely spoken first language in the world. In addition to the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, Mandarin Chinese is also spoken in the important and influential Chinese communities of Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, and Mongolia. Learn Chinese will enable you to: (1) Explore Chinese culture, one of the world’s oldest and richest continuous cultures, which is over 5000 years old. (2) Engage with Chinese communities worldwide with over 1 billion people speaking Mandarin as their mother tongue. (3) Increase your opportunities to work in the world’s second largest economy. (4) Open the way into Chinese politics, history, economy and literature. (5) Be ahead of the game in competing for a job. Whether you learn Chinese for academic, business or simply for fun purpose, Center for Asian Studies provides the opportunities for you to start your learning journey! We offer the following courses all year-round. 

Course Name Course Description and Syllabus Cost
Beginning Chinese I

Beginning Chinese I is for beginners who have little/no knowledge but want to have a systematical study of the language. The course starts with Pinyin and teaches the fundamentals of pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar-the essential components for building the skills in Chinese speaking, listening, reading and writing. Relevant cultural and background is also introduced to help students understand and acquire the language. By the end of this course, students will be able to read, write or type about 120 Chinese characters, use them and some fundamental grammar and structures to conduct simple conversations in a range of predictable everyday situations.

Teaching hours: 2 X 1.5 hour class per week for 8 weeks

Textbook & other materials: Standard Course HSK 1 (ISBN: 9787561937099). Students will be supported by abundant resources including workbook, Mp3 downloads, videos, extra speaking activities and other supplementary materials. Homework will be assigned after each class to enable the students to reinforce and practice the language learned in class.

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$288
Beginning Chinese II

Beginning Chinese II is for those who have completed Beginning Chinese I or have had at least 50 hours of Chinese study, or passed HSK Test Level 1 with a score of above 160. The course continues to teach pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar essentials. Students will read simple texts and learn to use short sentences to express themselves. Relevant cultural knowledge is introduced to help students understand and acquire the language. After completion of this course, students will master about 250 Chinese characters; use them and some basic structures to express themselves on common everyday topics.

Teaching hours: 2 X 1.5 hour class per week for 8 weeks

Textbook & other materials: Standard Course HSK 2 (ISBN: 9787561937266). Students will be supported by abundant resources including workbook, Mp3 downloads, videos, extra speaking activities and other supplementary materials. Homework will be assigned after each class to enable the students to reinforce and practice the language learned in class.

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$288
Intermediate Chinese

Intermediate Chinese is for those who have mastered at least 350 Chinese characters, basic grammar and common cultural knowledge of Chinese, or have had at least 150 hours of study, or passed HSK Test Level 2 with a score of above 160. This course continues to practice pronunciation, build vocabulary and teach grammar essentials. Students start to do extensive conversations, listening and reading comprehension, write complete sentences, and practice appropriate use of idiomatic expressions. A broad aspect of Chinese culture and history is introduced. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to master about 600 Chinese characters, most common grammar and relevant cultural knowledge; should be able to communicate comfortably with native-speakers on the familiar topics of everyday life.

Teaching hours: 1 X 3 hour class per week for 8 weeks

Textbook & other materials: Standard Course HSK 3 (ISBN: ISBN: 9787561938188). Students will be supported by abundant resources including workbook, Mp3 downloads, videos, extra speaking activities and other supplementary materials. Homework will be assigned after each class to enable the students to reinforce and practice the language learned in class.

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$288
Advanced Chinese

Advanced Chinese is for those who have completed Intermediate Chinese, or have learned Chinese for at least 2 years; or the language competency has reached HSK Level 3 (scoring above 210). This course offers Chinese for daily communication through intensive study and practice in written and spoken Chinese. Students will carry on conversations and participate in classroom discussions in Mandarin Chinese on various topics associated with daily life and learn to write short passages in Chinese characters. This course also explores definitions of culture and analyzes the dynamic role of language in culture and culture in language, with an aim to foster cross-cultural awareness and self-realization while developing proficiency in Chinese. Upon completion of this course, students will master about 1200 Chinese characters, be able to use a wide variety of language skills and strategies to communicate easily with native speakers on most common topics.

Teaching hours: 1 X 3 hour class per week for 8 weeks

Textbook & other materials: Standard Course HSK 4 (A: ISBN: 978756193903-1/H-1417007800. B: ISBN: 978756193930-7/H1420207800). Students will be supported by abundant resources including workbook, Mp3 downloads, videos, extra speaking activities and other supplementary materials. Homework will be assigned after each class to enable the students to reinforce and practice the language learned in class.

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$288
Conversational Chinese

Conversational Chinese is for beginning to upper beginning Chinese learners who want to master basic communicative skills for travelling or everyday conversation purpose. The course focuses on conversations of the spoken language. Correct pronunciation and intonation are emphasized; Pinyin is used for all contexts; no writing characters is required. Upon completion of this course, students shall be able to use basic Chinese vocabulary and structures to communicate with native speakers. They shall be able to greet, introduce themselves, talk about family members and friends, count numbers, express likes and dislikes, order food in restaurant, ask about date/time/price/location/existence etc.

Teaching hours: 2 X 1 hour class per week for 8 weeks

Textbook & other materials: Short-Term Spoken Chinese Vol. 1 (ISBN: 9787561913642). Students will be supported by abundant resources including workbook, Mp3 downloads, videos, extra speaking activities and other supplementary materials. Homework will be assigned after each class to enable the students to reinforce and practice the language learned in class.

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$200
Learn Chinese in Stories

Designed for post-beginners to intermediate Chinese learners, this course is aimed to develop the four basic communicative skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing by intensive and extensive readings. Students will read short and fun stories about current Chinese society and culture, poetry and simplified newspaper and magazine articles. Reading pace and comprehension is emphasized but listening competency, vocabulary building, speaking, grammar, basic writing skills, and cultural awareness are also the objectives of the course.

Teaching hours: 2 X 1.5 hour class per week for 8 weeks

Textbook & other materials: Short-Term Chinese Reading-Vol. 1 (ISBN: 9787561929711). Students will be supported by abundant resources including workbook, Mp3 downloads, videos, extra speaking activities and other supplementary materials. Homework will be assigned after each class to enable the students to reinforce and practice the language learned in class. Textbook can be purchased online from Amazon.

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$288

 

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