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Mandarin Chinese Language Classes

 

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, and its script is as ancient as it is revealing. These differences challenge the language learner in a unique way. 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

Online registration for Fall 2022 has ended.

Unless otherwise specified, all classes meet online via Zoom. To sign up for classes other than LVL 1, please first complete our online placement test and let the office know upon completion. Placement tests are reviewed during registration period. If you don’t see a test for the language you are interested in studying, please reach out to wal at cityu.edu We will try to arrange a phone placement with our faculty.
All classes are 18.5 hours. Tuition is $400. Without payment of tuition, your registration is received but remains incomplete. Level 1 classes must have 4 complete registrations to run; level 2+ will run on a minimum of 3 complete registrations.

 

Class Instructor Days Time Start date End date Scheduling Notes
Chinese 1 TBA Mon 6:30 – 8:20PM 10/3/22 12/5/22
Chinese 3 Zhousu He M/W 7:00 – 8:40PM 10/3/22 11/23/22
Chinese 4 Chien Tsai T/TH 6:30 – 7:40PM 10/4/22 11/28/22 No class 11/22
Chinese 17 Tony Ding Wed 6:30 – 8:20PM 10/5/22 12/7/22
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If you have any questions, please contact wal at cityu.edu


Levels

Chinese 1

The Chinese – Novice Low 1 course (a.k.a. Chinese 1) is a 10-week introductory course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It covers chapter 1 to 5 in HSK 1.

Required Materials (Chinese 1-3):

  1. Liping Jiang. HSK Standard Course 1 Textbook. ISBN: 9787561937099

Chinese 1-3

Chinese 1-3 is a course that covers materials from Chinese 1, Chinese 2, and Chinese 3 in 10 weeks. It is a fast-track, refresher course ideal for someone who has had previous trainings, either formal or informal, in contemporary Mandarin. Emphasis will be placed on listening and speaking with reviews of grammar points whenever necessary.

Required Materials (Chinese 1-3):

  1. Liping Jiang. HSK Standard Course 1 Textbook. ISBN: 9787561937099

Chinese 2

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

The Chinese – Novice Low 2 course (a.k.a. Chinese 2) is a 10-week introductory course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It covers chapter 6 to 10 in HSK 1.

Required Materials (Chinese 1-3):

  1. Liping Jiang. HSK Standard Course 1 Textbook. ISBN: 9787561937099

Chinese 3

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

The Chinese – Novice Mid 1 course (a.k.a. Chinese 3) is a 10-week introductory course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It covers chapter 11 to 15 in HSK 3.

Required Materials (Chinese 1-3):

  1. Liping Jiang. HSK Standard Course 1 Textbook. ISBN: 9787561937099

Chinese 4

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

The Chinese – Novice Mid 2 course (a.k.a. Chinese 4) is a 10-week course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It covers chapter 1 to 5 in HSK 2.

Required Materials (Chinese 4-6):

  1. Liping Jiang. HSK Standard Course 2 Textbook. ISBN: 9787561937266

Chinese 5

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

The Chinese – Novice Mid 3 course (a.k.a. Chinese 5) is a 10-week course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It covers chapter 6 to 10 in HSK 2.

Required Materials (Chinese 4-6):

  1. Liping Jiang. HSK Standard Course 2 Textbook. ISBN: 9787561937266

Chinese 6

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

The Chinese – Novice Mid 4 course (a.k.a. Chinese 6) is a 10-week course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It covers chapter 11 to 15 in HSK 2.

Required Materials (Chinese 4-6):

  1. Liping Jiang. HSK Standard Course 2 Textbook. ISBN: 9787561937266

Chinese Intermediate Conversation

This class is designed for students who have finished Chinese Level 6 at City U (or the equivalent elsewhere, or with the instructor’s permission) to further proficiency in listening comprehension and oral communication. In this full-immersion class we will review grammar points previously covered in Integrated Chinese, expand existing vocabulary base, and fine tune communicational skills.

 

Required Materials:

Spring, Madeline K. Making Connections: Enhance Your Listening Comprehension in Chinese. 2nd Edition. Boston: Cheng & Tsui, 2012. ISBN 9780887276651 (traditional character edition), 9780887277672 (simplified character edition)

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 $400 (effective 7/1/2019)
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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