Mandarin Chinese Course Descriptions

Mandarin Chinese Course Descriptions

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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

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 (HànyǔShuǐpíng 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: Elemtary 3 or equivalent.

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 & 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. 

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 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.

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  

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 (HànyǔShuǐpíng 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.

​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 (HànyǔShuǐpíng 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.

HSK is the abbreviation of the HànyǔShuǐpíng 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 300 Chinese characters.

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.

Course Materials:

PPT, Handouts & Internet Resources

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 tests in particular. In this course, students will listen to HSK testing audio materials to practice and enhance their listening capability, while working on well-designed drills and 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 ultimate goal for this course.

Learning Objectives​

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

  • Have acquired approximately 400 new words and phrases on the HSK Level 4 vocabulary list 
  • Be able to take standard listening and writing materials more easily 
  • Get familiar with the patters of test resources  
  • 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.

The course has been designed to provide trainees with both theoretical and practical training in teaching children Chinese as their mother-tongue, as well as teaching adults as a foreign language. It is also designed to equip trainees with systematic professional principles, practical methods and techniques in teaching the Chinese language, and its related cultural topics. Effective instructional materials and resources, interactive learning activities and progressive schemes of course work will also be discussed in class with assignments to show trainees' understanding and performance in these areas. 

Who should participate?

This course is aimed at both Chinese language teachers who wish to develop their teaching skills and Chinese-speaking parents who want to teach their children Chinese. 

Learning Objectives​

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

  • Have acquired basic knowledge of modern Chinese 
  • Be able to teach the Chinese pronunciation system to kids and foreigners 
  • Be able to explain basic radicals for Chinese characters 
  • Be able to analyze Chinese characters etymologically 
  • Be ready to teach the basic Chinese grammatical system

Pre-requisite: Native or advanced level proficiency.

Course Materials: PPT, Handouts & Internet Resources

 

China is the second largest economy in the world. Its diversified landscapes are becoming more and more attractive to tourists across the globe. Are you one of them? Are you planning to visit China in the near future, but you don’t speak any Chinese? Are you interested in learning the very basic way of traveling China and meeting with Chinese people and asking for help when you come across something on your way? Then, Survival Chinese is the right course for you to start with.

In this short course, a beginner will learn how to obtain necessary tourist information, ask for directions in a new place, find travel agencies, public transit services, accommodations, restaurants and stores, etc. After learning the basic Chinese pronunciation system pinyin, students practice to use this Romanized system to conduct conversation in Chinese essential to a tourist first time in China. The class atmosphere will be a relaxed one where you come after work to speak and talk in simple Chinese.

Learning Objectives:

Having finished this level, you will:

Master the Pinyin Romanization system
Be able to write down basic Chinese words and sentences in Pinyin
Be able to recognize around 100 Chinese characters and the basic radicals 
Be able to book tickets, board airplane, make money exchange, check in hotel and order dishes in restaurant in Chinese
Be ready to travel to China

Pre-requisite: No prior knowledge of Chinese for this course is required.

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. 

 

Students who have successfully completed the courses of Intermediate 1 will benefit from continuing their Chinese learning into the Intermediate 2 to consolidate furthermore their foundation of the Chinese language. This course covers a wider range of both sophisticated vocabulary and advanced grammar, while aiming to enable students to communicate in real-life situations such as talking about social activity, seeing a doctor, making an appointment and renting an apartment with considerable fluency. Besides the language learning, highlights of Chinese culture are also integrated into this course to help students to achieve a better understanding of vocabulary generation and evolution in Mandarin Chinese.

 

Learning Objectives:

Having finished this level, you will:

 

Have acquired around 130 new words and phrases for real-life situational communication 
Be able to read basic original Chinese text with a dictionary 
Be familiar with more sophisticated grammatical structures and patterns 
Be able to write and chat in Chinese on social media applications such as WhatsApp and Facebook
Be ready to study Intermediate Chinese 3

Pre-requisite: Intermediate 1 or equivalent.

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.

The course has been designed to provide trainees with both theoretical and practical training in teaching children Chinese as their mother-tongue, as well as teaching adults as a foreign language. It is also designed to equip trainees with systematic professional principles, practical methods and techniques in teaching the Chinese language, and its related cultural topics. Effective instructional materials and resources, interactive learning activities and progressive schemes of course work will also be discussed in class with assignments to show trainees' understanding and performance in these areas. 

Who should participate?

This course is aimed at both Chinese language teachers who wish to develop their teaching skills and Chinese-speaking parents who want to teach their children Chinese in general and literary Chinese in particular. 

Learning Objectives

 

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

Have acquired basic knowledge of literary Chinese 
Be able to teach literary Chinese to kids and foreigners 
Be able to explain often-recited ancient Chinese poems and essays 
Be able to analyze grammatical structures of literary Chinese
Have acquired the basic knowledge of tones, symmetry and rhyme in poetry 

Pre-requisite: Native or advanced level proficiency.

Course Materials: 

PPT, Handouts & Internet Resources

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