Phone: 206.239.4780
 

Chinese Language Classes

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

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

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.

Levels

Chinese 1

The Level 1 Chinese class is a 20-hour Novice course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners with little to 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.

Required Textbook (Level 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 Level 2 Chinese class is a 20-hour Novice course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed learning Level 1 or with 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.

Required Textbook (Level 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 Level 3 Chinese class is a 20-hour Novice course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed learning Level 2 or with equivalent proficiency. The course emphasizes speaking, pronunciation, and getting comfortable with the language, but students will learn more advanced grammar than in Level 2. 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.

Required Textbook(Level 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 Level 4 Chinese class is a 20-hour Novice course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed Level 3 or with an equivalent proficiency. The course emphasizes speaking, pronunciation, and getting comfortable with the language, but students will learn more advanced grammar than in Level 3. Topics include describing the routine of school life, speaking about the color/size of a purchase, shopping in a mall, commenting about means of transportation, etc.

Required Textbook(Level 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 Level 5 Chinese class is a 20-hour intermediate course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed learning Level 4 or with 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.

Required Textbook (Level 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 Level 6 Chinese class is a 20-hour intermediate course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed learning Level 5 or with 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 in previous levels. Topics include birthday parties, discussing and comparing birthday traditions, talking about one’s birth year and Chinese zodiac sign, seeing a doctor and describing symptoms, discussing and comparing health-care systems, etc.

Required Textbook(Level 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 Level 7 Chinese class is a 20-hour advanced course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed Level 6 or with 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.

Required Textbook(Level 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 Level 8 Chinese class is a 20-hour intermediate course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed learning Level 7 or with equivalent proficiency. The emphasis continues to be on speaking and getting comfortable with the language; however, the students will be exposed to a more advanced grammar. Topics include travelling, giving a brief introduction to a city, checking in at the airport etc.

Required Textbook(Level 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)

Schedule

Classes must have a minimum of 4 students to run. Shared private lessons and custom programs are also available

-All classes are 20 hours.

*Classes falling on holidays will be rescheduled.

 

Summer Session B: August- September

Registration Deadline: Monday, August 14th.

Course Teacher Days Time Start date End date
Chinese 1 Jin (Vicky) Chen T/Th 6:30 – 8:30 PM 8/22/2017 9/21/2017

Register here.

Fall Session: October- December

Fall registration will open on August 25th. If you would like a notification when the schedule is up, you may enter your email here.

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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