Chinese Program Spring 2018

Chinese Program Spring 2018

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Register online and confirm your registration at TII by paying your course fees (payment by credit or debit cards only).

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

Registration details
Dates: 10 December 2017 till 10 January 2018
Days: Sunday – Thursday
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (from 10 December – 31 December 2017)
10:00 am – 6:30 pm (from 1 – 10 January 2018)
Kindly note that outside the registration period our office is open until 4.00 pm

The Language Center is closed on 12, 17, and 18 December 2017

Regular Courses
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 40-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 40 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 60 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 knowdedge of Chinese for this course is required.
Tuition fee: QAR 2,400
Textbook: QAR 330
Course duration: 16 January – 26 March 2018 (10 Weeks), 40 hours

Section 1: Sundays & Tuesdays, 5:00 – 7:00 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 words and phrases
  • 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 2,400
Textbook: QAR 330
Course duration: 16 January – 26 March 2018 (10 Weeks), 40 hours

Section 1: Sundays & Tuesdays, 5:00 – 7:00 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.

Intermediate Chinese 2

Learners who have successfully completed the courses of Intermediate 1 will benefit from continuing their Chinese study into the Intermediate 2 to finish their intermediate level. This course covers a wider range of both sophisticated vocabulary and advanced grammar, and aims to enable learners to communicate in real-life situations such as talking about social activity, seeing a doctor, making appointment and renting an apartment with considerable fluency. 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.
Passing the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, 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 200 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 and Facebook
  • Be ready to study Intermediate Chinese 3

Pre-requisite: Intermediate 1 or equivalent.
Tuition fee: 2,400
Textbook: QAR 480
Course duration: 16 January – 26 March 2018 (10 Weeks), 40 hours

Section 1: Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:00 – 7:00 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

Short Courses
Listening and Speaking in Chinese 1 (Intermediate)

This is a pre-advanced 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 (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, or the Chinese Proficiency Test) Level III 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: Intermediate 3 or equivalent.
Tuition fee: QAR 1000
Course duration: 20 January – 24 March 2018 (10 Weeks), 17.5 hours

Section 1: Sundays, 7:00 – 8:45 pm

Listening and Speaking in Chinese 2 (Intermediate)

This is a continuing course for Listening and Speaking 1. This is a course 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 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. Class discussion of current affairs and daily life issues, dictation for listening comprehension, speaking presentation and after-class homework are conducted to achieve the course goals. By the end of this course, students will feel more at ease listening and speaking Chinese. Helping our students achieve better scores on HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, or the Chinese Proficiency Test) Level IV 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 400 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 IV test
  • Be ready to study Listening and Speaking in Chinese 3

Pre-requisite: Listening and Speaking in Chinese 1 or equivalent.
Tuition fee: QAR 1,000
Course duration: 16 January – 26 March 2018 (10 Weeks), 17.5 hours

Section 1: Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:45 pm

Chinese Teacher Training (Linguistic)

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.
Tuition fee: QAR 925
Course duration: 17 January – 26 March 2018 (10 Weeks), 17.5 hours

Section 1: Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:45 am

Course Materials: PPT, Handouts & Internet Resources

Chinese Teacher Training

This course is designed for those who are interested in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. Besides the linguistic aspects of the subject, the goal of this course is to provide participants with cultural aspects of teaching Chinese, such as the cultural factors affecting the formation of modern Chinese, especially its vocabulary and idioms, and how to stimulate interest in learning Chinese by exploring its related cultural highlights. The focus of the course is to identify cultural values and topics in Chinese language teaching and enable participants to integrate these values and topics into language pedagogy. Examples of various effects of cultural factors on the language acquisition process will be presented to help participants to understand the impact of Chinese culture on teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

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 Chinese culture and language teaching  
  • Be able to identify cultural values and topics in teaching Mandarin Chinese
  • Be able to explain the cultural factors in the Chinese language
  • Be ready to write a culture-oriented course syllabus

Pre-requisite: Native or advanced level proficiency.
Tuition fee: QAR 925
Course duration: 20 January – 24 March 2018 (10 Weeks), 17.5 hours

Section 1: Saturdays, 9:15 – 11:00 am

Course Materials: PPT, Handouts & Internet Resources

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