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Mandarin Chinese Language Classes

Temple in China; photo courtesy of Steve Will, WAL Advisor

Temple in Taiyuan, China; photo courtesy of Steve Will

Mandarin Chinese, the national language of China, is spoken by approximately one-fourth of the world’s population. It is a language rich in cultural tradition. It is a member of the Sino-Tibetan language family and is quite different from the Indo-European languages. Mandarin Chinese is a tonal language. Moreover, it utilizes a script that is both ancient and revealing. Because of these differences, it offers a unique challenge to the language learner. At Washington Academy of Languages, our goal is to enable the student both to meet this challenge and to be able to communicate effectively in Chinese.

Schedule

Any registrations received after the deadline will be charged a $25 late fee
-Classes must have a minimum of 4 students to run.

-All classes are 20 hours.

-Classes cost $350.

Winter Schedule: January- March

Classes above level 1 require a placement or the previous level. New students may find placement information here.

Registrations due: 12/29/2018. Classes will be confirmed/canceled via email on 12/30/2018.

Class Teacher Days Time Start date End date
Chinese 1
CHN 9101
Kathy Qin Thur 6:30 – 8:30 PM 1/10/2019 3/14/2019
Chinese 1
CHN 9101
Chien-Hsin Tsai Fri 1:00 – 3:00 PM 1/11/2019 3/15/2019
Chinese 1
CHN 9101
Xiuting (Phoebe) Liu Sat 10:00AM – 12:00PM 1/12/2019 3/23/2019
Chinese 2
CHN 9102
Chien-Hsin Tsai Thur 6:30 – 8:30 PM 1/10/2019 3/14/2019
Chinese 3
CHN 9201
Nancy Will Sat 10:00AM – 2:30PM 1/12/2019 2/9/2019
Chinese 3
CHN 9201
Xiuting Liu Sat 1:00 – 3:00 PM 1/12/2019 3/23/2019
Chinese 4
CHN 9202
Xiuting Liu Mon 6:30 – 8:30 PM 1/7/2019 3/25/2019
Chinese 4
CHN 9202
Kathy Qin Wed 6:30 – 8:30 PM 1/9/2019 3/13/2019
Chinese 5
CHN 9203
Xiuting Liu Wed 6:30 – 8:30 PM 1/9/2019 3/13/2019
Chinese 8
CHN 9302
Xiuting Liu Tue & Thur 6:30 – 8:30 PM 1/8/2019 2/7/2019

Holidays (if applicable): 1/21, 2/16, 2/18

Register here.

If you would like a notification when a new schedule is up, you may enter your email here.

Levels

Chinese 1

The Chinese – Novice Low 1 course (a.k.a. Chinese 1) is a 20-hour introductory course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners with little or no experience learning Chinese. The course emphasizes speaking, pronunciation, and getting comfortable with the language, but with a good grammatical foundation. Topics including exchanging basic greetings, asking a person’s last name, full name, and nationality, introducing family members, describing family members’ professions, inviting someone to dinner, making arrangements, etc. Cultural learning, reading and writing skills will be developed along with curriculum learning. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Low (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, learners will be able to maintain simple conversations in the present tense and recognize and write pinyin and some characters. Students will be able to greet each other and say good-bye, describe a family photo, introduce someone by name, nationality and professions, use numbers from 0 to 99, express dates and time, ask and provide other factual information.

Grammatical competence: In addition to vocabulary and phonetics, the students will be exposed to the essential structure of the language necessary to advance to level 2.  Examples: the present tense of verbs “姓”, “是”, “有” and the adverb + verb “不是”, “也是”, “没有”, “都有” subject and possessive pronouns “的” and question words.

Required Materials (Chinese 1-4):

Liu, Y. (2009). Integrated Chinese: Textbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 1 (3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 9780887276385)

Liu, Y. (2009). Integrated Chinese: Workbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 1 (3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui (ISBN: 9780887276408)

Chinese 2

Prerequisite: Completion of Chinese 1 or instructor’s permission.

The Chinese – Novice Low 2 course (a.k.a Chinese 2) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed “Chinese – Novice Low 1” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  The course emphasizes speaking, pronunciation, and getting comfortable with the language, but students will learn more advanced grammar. Topics include talking about basic personal hobbies, asking friends out to see movie, visiting friends’ houses, asking for beverages as a guest, etc. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Low (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, learners will be able to conduct more simple structured conversations in the present, past and future tenses as well as conduct basic reading and writing tasks. Students will be able to ask about and provide basic information on personal hobbies, weekend plans, needs, likes and dislikes, and daily activities.  Students will also be able to ask about a location, request beverages as a guest, and describe a friend’s place.

Grammatical competence: In addition to vocabulary and phonetics, the students will be exposed to the essential structure of the language necessary to advance to level 3.  Examples: the conjunction “那么”, Word order in Chinese, verbal phrases, causal relationship sentences with “因为…所以”, adjectives as predicates, the preposition “在”, and past and future tense “了”, etc.

Required Materials (Chinese 1-4):

Liu, Y. (2009). Integrated Chinese: Textbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 1 (3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 9780887276385)

Liu, Y. (2009). Integrated Chinese: Workbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 1 (3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui (ISBN: 9780887276408)

Chinese 3

Prerequisite: Completion of Chinese 2 or instructor’s permission.

The Chinese – Novice Mid 1 course (a.k.a. Chinese 3) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed “Chinese – Novice Low 2” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency. The course emphasizes speaking, pronunciation, and getting comfortable with the language, but students will learn more advanced grammar than in the previous course. Topics include setting up an appointment on the phone, asking someone to return call, talking about one’s experience in learning Chinese vocabulary and grammar, etc. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Mid (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, learners will be able to conduct simple structured conversation in the present, past and future tenses and conduct basic reading and writing tasks. Students will be able to make appointments with someone on the phone and initiate a phone conversation, describe their experience studying Chinese, and talk with someone about their study habits.

Grammatical competence: In addition to vocabulary and phonetics, the students will be exposed to the essential structure of the language necessary to advance to level 4.  Examples: The conditional relationship “要是” (if), The modal verb “得”(must), The Adverb “就”, “怎么” (how; how come) in questions, etc.

Required Materials (Chinese 1-4):

Liu, Y. (2009). Integrated Chinese: Textbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 1 (3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 9780887276385)

Liu, Y. (2009). Integrated Chinese: Workbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 1 (3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui (ISBN: 9780887276408)

Chinese 4

Prerequisite: Completion of Chinese 3 or instructor’s permission.

The Chinese – Novice Mid 2 course (a.k.a. Chinese 4) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries.   It is intended for learners who have completed “Chinese – Novice Mid 1” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency. The course emphasizes speaking, pronunciation, and getting comfortable with the language, but students will learn more advanced grammar than in the previous course. Topics include describing the routine of school life, speaking about the color/size of a purchase, shopping in a mall, and commenting about means of transportation, etc. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Mid (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, learners will be able to conduct structured conversations in the present, past and future tense as well as conduct basic reading and writing tasks. Students will be able to describe their daily routine, write a simple diary entry and a brief letter with a given format.  Students will be able to describe the color, size, and price of a purchase, recognize Chinese currency, describe a traffic route, offer New Year’s wishes, etc.

Grammatical competence: In addition to vocabulary and phonetics, the students will be exposed to the essential structure of the language necessary to advance to level 5.  Examples: “一边 + verb…一边 + verb…”, “verb + 以后 + 就 + verb ”, “ 除了…以外,还” (in addition to…, also…), “虽然…,可是/但是” (although…yet…), “跟/和…(不)一样” ({not} the same as…),  “还是…(吧)” (had better), “先…再…” (first…then…), “每…都” (every), “要…了” (soon).

Required Materials (Chinese 1-4):

Liu, Y. (2009). Integrated Chinese: Textbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 1 (3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 9780887276385)

Liu, Y. (2009). Integrated Chinese: Workbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 1 (3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui (ISBN: 9780887276408)

Chinese 5

 Prerequisite: Completion of Chinese 4 or instructor’s permission.

The Chinese – Novice Mid 3 course (a.k.a. Chinese 5) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed “Chinese – Novice Mid 2” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency. Students at this level will continue to focus on conversation and formal and informal situations. In particular, students will learn about chatting about the weather, eating out in a Chinese restaurant and asking and giving directions. Reading and writing skills continue to be developed along with listening /speaking skills.  Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Mid (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, learners will be able to maintain a more structured conversation in the present, past, and progressive tenses, express opinions, ask and answer questions about the weather conditions, make comparisons, talk about ongoing and past events, and express where and when events take place.

Grammatical competence: In addition to vocabulary, the students will be exposed to the essential structure of the language necessary to advance to level6.  Examples: “ 了”  as a sentence-final particle, the modal verb “会”, the dynamic particle “过”, resultative complements, reduplication of adjectives and verbs, sentence patterns “ Adj / V + 是 + Adj / V, + 可是/但是… ”, “一…也/都…不/没…”,“到 + Place + 去 + Action”  and “一…就…”.

Required Materials (Chinese 5-8):

Liu, Y. (2009). Integrated Chinese: Textbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 2 (3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 9780887276705)

Liu, Y. (2009). Integrated Chinese: Workbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 2 (3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 9780887276743)

Chinese 6

Prerequisite: Completion of Chinese 5 or instructor’s permission.

The Chinese – Novice Mid 4 course (a.k.a. Chinese 6) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed “Chinese – Novice Mid 3” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency. The emphasis continues to be on speaking and getting comfortable with the language; however, the students will be exposed to more advanced grammar.  Topics include talking about dating, sports and renting an apartment.  Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Mid (ACTFL) or A2 (CEFR) ranges.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, students will be able to maintain a more structured conversation using the progressive tenses.  They will suggest things to take to a get-together, offer someone a ride, and arrange a time and place to meet.  Students will be able to talk about basic symptoms of a cold/fever, describe common symptoms of allergies, and understand/repeat instructions on when and how often to take medications.

Grammatical competence: In addition to vocabulary, the students will be exposed to the essential structure of the language necessary to advance to level 7.  Examples: indicating an action in progress with “呢”, verbal phrases and Subject-Predicate phrases used as attributives, describe a duration of time, sentences with “是…的”,  “把” construction, the preposition  “对”,  the expression “再说”, times of actions with “次”.

Required Materials (Chinese 5-8):

Liu, Y. (2009). Integrated Chinese: Textbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 2 (3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 9780887276705)

Liu, Y. (2009). Integrated Chinese: Workbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 2 (3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 9780887276743)

Chinese 7

Prerequisite: Completion of Chinese 6 or instructor’s permission.

The Chinese – Novice High 1 course (a.k.a. Chinese 7) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed “Chinese – Novice Mid 4” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency. The emphasis continues to be on speaking and getting comfortable with the language; however, the students will be exposed to more advanced grammar.  Topics include talking about dating, sports and renting an apartment.  Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice High (ACTFL) or A2 (CEFR) ranges.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, learners will be able to maintain a more structured conversation using descriptive complements, directional complements and potential complements, ask and answer questions about renting an apartment, make the necessary arrangements to go out with friends, talk about pros and cons of living at one’s current residence and make a simple comparison between how soccer and American football are played.

Grammatical competence: In addition to vocabulary, the students will be exposed to the essential structure of the language necessary to advance to level 8.  Examples: the adverb “ 就”, the particle “着”, potential complements, directional complements, sentence phrase “连…都/也”, indicating degree with “下去”, question pronouns with “都/也”.

Required Materials (Chinese 5-8):

Liu, Y. (2009). Integrated Chinese: Textbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 2 (3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 9780887276705)

Liu, Y. (2009). Integrated Chinese: Workbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 2 (3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 9780887276743)

Chinese 8

Prerequisite: Completion of Chinese 7 or instructor’s permission.

The Chinese – Novice High 2 course (a.k.a. Chinese 8) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed “Chinese – Novice High 1” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  The emphasis continues to be on speaking and getting comfortable with the language; however, the students will be exposed to more advanced grammar than previous courses.  Topics include travelling, giving a brief introduction to a city, checking in at the airport etc.  Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice High (ACTFL) or A2 (CEFR) ranges.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, learners will be able to maintain an even more structured conversation with more complicated adverbs, tenses and sentence phrases. They will continue to improve their reading abilities and pronunciation. In addition, students will be able to talk about their plans for vacations, describe one’s travel itinerary, checking in for a flight and luggage at the airport, express concern about someone’s health, remind people to move on to the next event etc.

Grammatical competence: In addition to vocabulary, phonetics, and a deeper control of adverbs and sentence phrases, the students will be exposed to question pronouns as indefinite references, comparative sentences(II), difference between the three commonly used grammar words “的” “得” “地” and sentence structures like “还+ positive adjectives”, “adjectives+得+不得了”.

Required Materials (Chinese 5-8):

Liu, Y. (2009). Integrated Chinese: Textbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 2 (3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 9780887276705)

Liu, Y. (2009). Integrated Chinese: Workbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 2 (3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 9780887276743)

Chinese 9

Completion of Chinese 8 or instructor’s permission
The Chinese – Novice High 3 course (a.k.a. Chinese 9) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of China. It is intended for learners who have completed “Chinese – Novice High 2” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  The course emphasizes the development of the following linguistic skills: listening, understanding, speaking, reading and writing concurrently with the incorporation of Chinese culture.  Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice High (ACTFL) or A2 (CEFR) ranges.

Required Materials (Chinese 9-12):

Liu, Y. and Yao, T. (2010). Integrated Chinese: Textbook – Simplified and Traditional Characters: Level 2, Part 1 (3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 9780887276798)

Liu, Y. and Yao, T. (2010). Integrated Chinese: Workbook – Simplified and Traditional Characters: Level 2, Part 1 (3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 9780887276835)

Custom Program

WAL can design a special language program for you or your group.  Custom classes are planned with your needs and objectives in mind. WAL has the materials and instructional staff to provide you with an outstanding experience! Choose the number of hours you want to study and the dates of your study and we will design a program just for you.

Custom Programs may be contracted in 10-hour blocks. Meetings must be a minimum of an hour and a half and meet once a week or more. Request a Custom Program here.

Corporate Programs

Communication is always key, especially in the world of business. Our experienced instructors are ready to come to your office with a tailored, industry-specific approach to language instruction. Program content is customized to meet the needs of individual companies.

Instruction requires a minimum of 10 hours total and a minimum of 1.5 hours per lesson.  Programs are generally scheduled on weekdays. Meeting dates and times are flexible. Instruction can be delivered at corporate sites or at our downtown office.

Please contact us at 206-239-4789 or wal@cityu.edu for more information or to receive quote.

Tuition

Class Type Cost 
Evening & Day Classes $350 (effective 7/1/2017)
Custom Programs $700/10 hours (effective 7/1/2017)
Shared Custom Programs $450/10 hours per person (2-3 students)
Specialized Programs $750/10 hours
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