Chinese Summer Program 2017

Chinese Summer Program 2017

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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: 2 – 19 April 2017
Days: Sunday – Thursday
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (from 2 – 8 April 2017)
10:00 am – 6:30 pm (from 9 – 19 April 2017)

Regular Courses

Course duration: 23 April – 24 May 2017 (5 Weeks), 30 hours
Textbook: 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.

Tuition Fee: 1620 QAR
Discounted rate: (see discount policy)
Textbook Fee: 330 QAR

Chinese Elementary 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 enables students to record Chinese words, phrases and sentences in pinyin, and later turn them into Chinese characters in a computer word-processor. Students practice around 40 basic radicals, which are the building blocks of the most frequently used Chinese characters and serve as the foundation for learning Chinese. Learning these two parts is an essential step toward moving forward with our communication-oriented Chinese program. IN this course students also learn greetings, self-introductions, making appointments, etc.  

Prerequisites: No prior knowledge of Chinese is expected for this course.

Section: Sundays & Tuesdays, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Chinese Elementary 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 designed to satisfy your curiosity. While continuing to refine your pronunciation and 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. You learn to talk about dates and time, describe your daily schedule, your hobbies and activities and practice them both in and out of class.  

Prerequisites: Elementary Chinese 1 at this program or equivalent.

Section: Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Chinese Elementary 3

You are already into the Chinese language. Keep working! In this course you continue to consolidate your skills in writing 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. Students use WeChat and WhatsApp to communicate in Chinese and thus improve their reading and writing skills. They also begin to master more sophisticated grammatical structures. Learning about Chinese culture, calligraphy and the traditional lunar calendar is an integral part of the course.

Prerequisites: Elementary Chinese 2 at this program or equivalent.

Section: Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Short Courses (20 hours)

Textbook: No textbook is used for these courses. All materials are selected from a wide range of online resources (authentic audio/video materials, online news websites, podcasts, etc.)

Survival Chinese (Beginner)

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 basics of traveling in China, meeting 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 use it to acquire basic conversation patterns essential to a first-time tourist in China. The class atmosphere is relaxed where you come after work to speak in simple Chinese.

Prerequisites: This class is best suited for students who have not studied Chinese before.
Level: Beginner
Tuition Fee: 1080 QAR
Course Dates: 24 April – 24 May 2017 (5 Weeks), 20 hours

Section: Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Listening and Speaking in Chinese (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.

Prerequisites: Intermediate level proficiency.
Level: Intermediate
Tuition Fee: 1080 QAR
Course Dates: 23 April – 24 May 2017 (5 Weeks), 20 hours

Section: Sundays & Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Chinese Teacher’s Training Workshop (For Native and Near-native Speakers of Chinese)

Chinese characters were first created four to five thousand years ago. They preserve plenty of precious information on the natural, cultural, social and religious aspects of the time, as well as on food, settlement, production and customs. The pictographic, consistent, self-contained and storytelling features of Chinese characters are of vigorous vitality and everlasting charm. Entering the kingdom of Chinese characters will not only enable students to grasp the Chinese language, but also help them understand Chinese society and culture, as well as the primary way of thinking of Chinese people.

This course is designed for those who plan to teach Chinese characters to native-speaking Chinese children and non-native-speaking adults who want to learn Chinese characters. As Chinese characters are not phonetic, what you can say is not necessary what you can write. As those who can speak but cannot write are regarded as illiterate in China, a central task of teaching Chinese is to teach how to recognize and understand Chinese characters.

The standard international Chinese language proficiency test HSK is divided into 6 levels, assessed by a certain volume of vocabulary for each level. Recognition of Chinese characters should be emphasized in teaching Chinese to overseas children. Based on HSK’s standard vocabulary acquisition lists, from one level to the next in sequence, the basic objective of recognizing common Chinese characters is to be reached. Starting from the creation and characteristics of Chinese characters, this course introduces available resources and technology in teaching Chinese characters to students, in particular, children. The basic theory, practice methods and available resources are also introduced, enabling children to acquire writing ability of their mother-tongue.

This course will be taught using materials prepared by the instructor as well Internet and other resources.

Lecture 1: The Originality and Evolution of Chinese Characters
Lecture 2: The Radicals of Chinese Characters and their Changes
Lecture 3: The Strokes of Chinese Characters and their Writing
Lecture 4: Literacy of Chinese Characters and Children’s Learning Characteristics
Lecture 5: Teaching and Learning of Commonly Used Chinese Characters

Level: Native or near-native level of proficiency.
Tuition Fee:  500 QAR
Course Dates: 22 April – 20 May 2017 (5 Weeks), 10 hours

Section: Saturdays, 9:00 – 11:00 am

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