Chinese Language Courses - Fall 2018

Chinese Language Courses - Fall 2018

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All payments are accepted at our offices: Al Luqta Street, Qatar Foundation, Gate #2, LAS Building, First Floor.

Registration details
Dates: 12 August till 13 September 2018
Days: Sunday till Thursday
Time: From 12 August till 30 August 2018 from 10:00 am till 3:00 pm*
From 2 September till 13 September 2018 from 10:00 am till 6.00 pm
Kindly note that outside the registration period the registration office is open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Textbooks can be bought in CHSS bookstore in the LAS building. The bookstore opening hours are from 12:00 pm till 5:00 pm during week days.

Regular Courses:
For more information regarding the content of the Chinese program or to request a placement test, please get in touch with the Chinese program coordinator at jzhao@hbku.edu.qa or 44547421.
Elementary Chinese 1

Have you ever wondered how the Chinese build their sentences and what is behind their characters? Would you like to learn Chinese pronunciation and tones? Would you like to know how Chinese characters are constituted? It’s easy! Come join this course today! There are two pillars of this 20-hour beginner course: Pinyin and the basic radicals. The course starts with learning pinyin, the Chinese system of Romanization. Mastering pinyin will let students be able to record Chinese words, phrases and sentences in pinyin, and later turn them into Chinese characters in a computer word-processor. Around 20 basic radicals, which are the building blocks of the most frequently used Chinese characters, are to be practiced to build the foundation for learning Chinese. Learning these two parts is an essential step toward moving forward with our communication-oriented Chinese program. Greetings, self-introductions and making appointments are also to be practiced in this course. 

Learning Objectives

Having finished this level, you will:

  • Be able to write down any Chinese words you hear in Pinyin Romanization
  • Be able to look up new words in a Chinese dictionary
  • Be able to recognize more than 150 Chinese vocabulary items besides the basic radicals and numerals
  • Be able to greet people and introduce yourself and your family
  • Be ready to enter the next level, Elementary Chinese 2, of the program

Pre-requisite: No prior knowledge of Chinese for this course is required.
Tuition fee: QAR 2400
Discounted rate: (see Discount Policy)
Textbook: QAR 330

Course duration: 23 September – 12 December 2018 (12 Weeks), 40 hours
Section 1: Sundays & Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:40 pm

Course Materials: 

  • Integrated Chinese (Textbook Simplified Characters: Level 1, Part 1), Third Edition, by Yuehua Liu and others, Cheng & Tsui, 2008 
  • Integrated Chinese (Character Workbook Simplified and Traditional Characters: Level 1, Part 1), Third Edition, by Yuehua Liu and others, Cheng & Tsui, 2008
  • Supplementary materials.
Elementary Chinese 2

Now that you have taken Elementary Chinese 1, you are able to communicate with Chinese people using simple greetings and responses in Chinese. You are curious to learn more. This course is exactly to meet your curiosity. In this course, while continuing to refine your pronunciation with tones, you expand your vocabulary, acquire basic sentence structures and patterns, and learn new expressions and grammatical points through repetition of the key words in the texts and applying them to communicative situations. Talking about dates and time, describing your daily schedule, hobbies and activities are also to be practiced in both class and homework. 

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, the student is expected to reach the following goals:

  • Have enhanced your standard pronunciation
  • Have increased your basic vocabulary and know the usage of about 150 new characters and words
  • Have a basic knowledge of Chinese grammar
  • Understand the basic sentence patterns and word-building rules
  • Be able to talk with more ease about your daily schedule, hobbies, daily events, and make appointments
  • Be ready to take Elementary Chinese 3

Pre-requisite: Elementary 1 or equivalent.
Tuition fee: QAR 2400
Discounted rate: (see Discount Policy)
Textbook: QAR 330

Course duration: 23 September – 12 December 2018 (12 Weeks), 40 hours
Section 1: Mondays & Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:40 pm

Course Materials:

  • Integrated Chinese (Textbook Simplified Characters: Level 1, Part 1), Third Edition, by Yuehua Liu and others, Cheng & Tsui, 2008
  • Integrated Chinese (Character Workbook Simplified and Traditional Characters: Level 1, Part 1), Third Edition, by Yuehua Liu and others, Cheng & Tsui, 2008
  • Supplementary materials.
Elementary Chinese 3

You are already into the Chinese language. Keep working! In this course you continue to consolidate your skills in recording Chinese in pinyin and conducting simple daily-life conversation with your instructor and classmates. You also expand your vocabulary and phraseology in order to discuss a wider range of topics, such as shopping, making appointments and talking about directions and locations. Writing in Chinese through social media applications such as WeChat and WhatsApp will be introduced in this course to practice further recognition of Chinese characters. You also begin to master more sophisticated grammatical structures. Learning about Chinese culture, such as Chinese calligraphy and the traditional lunar calendar, is an integral part of the course. 

Learning Objectives

Having finished this course, you will

  • Have added more than 300 new characters, words and phrases to your vocabulary
  • Know more grammatical points useful in composing simple sentences
  • Be familiar with the cultural context in which Chinese is used
  • Feel more comfortable talking about things happening around you
  • Be ready to take Pre-Intermediate Chinese or other pre-intermediate level courses 

Pre-requisite: Elementary 2 or equivalent.
Tuition fee: QAR 2400
Discounted rate: (see Discount Policy)
Textbook: QAR 330

Course duration: 23 September – 12 December 2018 
Section 1: Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:00 – 6:40 pm

Course Materials:

  • Integrated Chinese (Textbook Simplified Characters: Level 1, Part 1), Third Edition, by Yuehua Liu and others, Cheng & Tsui, 2008,
  • Integrated Chinese (Character Workbook Simplified and Traditional Characters: Level 1, Part 2), Third Edition, by Yuehua Liu and others, Cheng & Tsui, 2008
  • Supplementary handouts
Pre-Intermediate Chinese

Learners who have successfully completed the courses of elementary levels will benefit from continuing their Chinese study into this preparatory course of the intermediate series. This course covers a wider range of both vocabulary and grammar, and aims to enable learners to communicate in real-life situations such as talking about weather, food, travel and asking for direction with moderate fluency. Passing the HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì, or the Chinese Proficiency Test) Level III is one of the goals set for this course. Besides the language learning, highlights of Chinese culture are also integrated into this course to help learners to achieve a better understanding of vocabulary generation and evolution in Mandarin Chinese.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, the student is expected to reach the following goals:

  • Have acquired approximately 300 new words and phrases for real-life situational communication
  • Be able to read online Chinese text feeling more at ease
  • Be familiar with more advanced grammatical structures and patterns
  • Be able to write and chat in Chinese on social media application such as WeChat or WhatsApp
  • Be ready to take Intermediate Chinese 1 or other intermediate level courses 

Pre-requesite: Elementary 3 or equevalent.
Tuition fee: QAR 2400
Discounted rate: (see Discount Policy)
Textbook: QAR 480

Course duration: 23 September – 12 December 2018 (12 Weeks), 40 hours
Section 1: Sundays & Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:40 pm

Course Materials:

  • Integrated Chinese (Textbook Simplified Characters: Level 1, Part 2), Third Edition, by Yuehua Liu and others, Cheng & Tsui, 2008,
  • Integrated Chinese (Character Workbook Simplified and Traditional Characters: Level 1, Part 2), Third Edition, by Yuehua Liu and others, Cheng & Tsui, 2008
  • Supplementary handouts
Travel Talk in Chinese 1 (Beginner)

Travel & tourism is one of the fastest developing industries in today’s world. In 2016, the industry directly contributed US$2.3 trillion and 109 million jobs worldwide. Given its wider indirect and induced impacts towards other sectors, travel & tourism contributed US$7.6 trillion to the global economy and supported 292 million jobs in the same year. Both China and Qatar have come out in front in this regard. China has risen rapidly as the most important source of outbound tourists in the world. Meanwhile, Qatar has established good relationship with China to prepare for the arrival of Chinese tourists in quantity in the near future. QTA has signed an MOU with its Chinese counterpart CNTA and set up its offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. This course is designed to provide tourist-related Chinese to those who work in the tourist sector in Qatar as hotel operator, store or restaurant keeper, tourist guide and travel agent and so on, as well as those who will travel to China in the future for business or pleasure. The course includes content on receiving tourists, pickup and delivery services, hotel front desk/guest services, shopping, guiding and talking about travel plan, among the others. 

Having finished this level, you will:

  • Be able to write down any Chinese words you hear in Pinyin Romanization
  • Be able to look up new words in a Chinese dictionary
  • Be able to recognize more than 200 Chinese vocabulary items besides the basic radicals and numerals
  • Be able to greet people, introduce yourself and ask for help
  • Be familiar with the basic vocabulary in tourism 
  • Be ready to enter the next level, Travel Talk in Chinese 2, of the program

Pre-requisite: No prior knowledge of Chinese for this course is required.
Tuition fee: QAR 2400
Discounted rate: (see Discount Policy)
Textbook: Free

Course duration: 23 September – 12 December 2018 (12 Weeks), 40 hours
Section 1: Sundays & Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:40 pm

Course Materials:

  • Chinese Crash Course (旅游汉语速成), by the Compiling Group of Learning Chinese and Traveling China, Peking University Press, 2005 
Listening and Speaking in Chinese (Pre-Intermediate)

This is a pre-intermediate level course that focuses on further developing students’ listening and speaking skills. Students use new technologies, such as smart phones and tablets, to communicate online and in person. The course creates many opportunities for real-time situational listening and speaking practice. Students work with authentic audio/video materials. Various practicing methods are used to enhance communication skills, including class discussions of daily life and work-related topics, dictations for listening comprehension, regular oral presentations and out-of-class assignments. By the end of this course, students are capable of communicating more comfortably with their Chinese relatives, colleagues, business partners and friends, both on the Internet and in person. Passing the HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì, or the Chinese Proficiency Test) Level 2 is one of the goals set for this course.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, the student is expected to reach the following goals:

  • Have acquired approximately 300 new words and phrases for real-life situational communication
  • Be able to comprehend more sophisticated conversation  
  • Be able to speak out with more confidence
  • Be ready to take the HSK Level III test
  • Be ready to study Listening and Speaking in Chinese 2

Pre-requisite: Elementary Chinese 3 or equivalent.
Tuition fee: QAR 2400

Course duration: 23 September – 12 December 2018 (12 Weeks), 40 hours
Section 1: Sundays & Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:40 pm

Listening and Speaking in Chinese (Intermediate)

This is a continuing course for Listening and Speaking 2. This is also a course for those who want to improve their Chinese listening and speaking skills in general and to prepare for HSK tests in particular. In this course, students will listen to audio materials to practice and enhance their listening capability, while using their own words to repeat or reiterate what they have heard in order to improve their speaking ability. Practice of talking about daily life issues, dictation for listening comprehension on iPhone or tablet computer, speaking presentation and after-class homework are conducted to achieve the course goals. By the end of this course, students will consolidate their listening and speaking ability. Helping our students achieve better scores on HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì, or the Chinese Proficiency Test) Level 4 is one of the goals set for this course.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, the student is expected to reach the following goals:

  • Have acquired approximately 500 new words and phrases for real-life situational communication
  • Be able to comprehend standard test listening materials more at ease
  • Be able to speak in Chinese fluently
  • Be ready to take the HSK Level 4 test
  • Be ready to study Listening and Speaking in Chinese 4

Pre-requisite: Listening and Speaking in Chinese 2 or equivalent.
Tuition fee: QAR  2400

Course duration: 23 September – 12 December 2018 (12 Weeks), 40 hours
Section 1: Sundays & Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:40 pm

 

Short Courses:
Chinese for HSK Test (Intermediate)

HSK is the abbreviation of the Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì, or Chinese Proficiency Test in English translation. HSK is the national standardized test of Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers and learners. This course is designed for those who want to improve their Chinese listening and speaking skills in general and to take HSK different levels of test in particular. In this course, students will listen to HSK testing audio materials to practice and enhance their listening capability, while working on exercises to increase their comprehension of reading and writing testing materials. By the end of this course, students will feel more at ease listening and writing in Chinese. Helping our students achieve a better score on HSK Level 4 is the concrete goal for this course.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, the student is expected to reach the following goals:

  • Have acquired approximately 300 new words and phrases on the HSK Level 4 vocabulary list
  • Be able to comprehend standard test listening materials more at ease
  • Be able to speak in Chinese fluently
  • Be ready to challenge the HSK Level 4 test
  • Be ready to continue with an HSK Level 5 preparation course

Pre-requisite: Intermediate level, knowing around 600 Chinese characters.
Tuition fee: QAR 1440

Course duration: 22 September – 8 December 2018 (12 Weeks), 24 hours
Section 1: Saturdays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Chinese Teacher Training (Methodology)

This course is designed for those who are interested in using translation method to teach Mandarin Chinese in general, its grammar in particular. It is an interactive course focusing on conducting substantial practice to Chinese-English translation and identifying representative sentence patterns for comparative pedagogical analysis. This course is aimed at helping those who intend to teach kids and adult beginner learners to understand the essential qualities of Chinese grammar through using English as a cognitive and pedagogical framework. In order to gain a comprehensive exposure to the fundamental techniques and skills necessary for explaining and teaching Chinese grammar, participants are strongly encouraged to do exercise both in class and their extracurricular time.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, the student is expected to reach the following goals:

  • Understanding features of the Chinese and English languages
  • Mastering  methods of practice
  • Learning the basic rules: Chinese-English translation
  • Conducting progressive practice: words, sentences and paragraphs
  • Correcting common mistakes

Pre-requisite: Native or advanced level of Mandarin Chinese.
Tuition fee: QAR 1260

Course duration: 26 September – 12 December 2018 (12 Weeks), 21 hours
Section 1: Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 11:45 am

Course Materials: PPT, Handouts & Internet Resources

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