Mandarin Chinese Courses for Spring 2017

Mandarin Chinese Courses for Spring 2017

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Registration details
11 December – 11 January 2017
Days: Sunday – Thursday
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (from 11 – 31 December 2016)
10:00 am – 6:30 pm (from 1 – 11 January 2017)

Chinese Regular Courses (long sessions)

Tuition fee: QAR 2,400
Discounted rate: QAR 2,160 (see discount policy)
Textbook: QAR 330
Course duration: 15 January – 12 April 2017 (13 Weeks), 40 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 + Supplementary materials.

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 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. 

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

Section 1: Sundays & Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:30 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 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. 

Prerequisites: Elementary Chinese 1 at this program or equivalent.

Section 1: Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Chinese Elementary 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 direction and location. Writing in Chinese through social media application 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.  

Prerequisites: Elementary Chinese 2 at this program or equivalent.

Section 1: Sundays and Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Chinese Communication 1 (NEW!)

This is a pre-advanced level course for students who have completed their intermediate level learning of Chinese. In this course, students use new technologies, such as smart phones and tablets, to communicate in both speaking/chatting and writing/mailing for business and other purposes. Real-time speaking practice also is the focus of this course series. New technology makes one of the most difficult tasks of mastering Chinese – writing – an easy job as long as recognition of a few hundred Chinese characters is obtained by previous learning. Writing in this course is often conducted with dictation in order to consolidate hearing. By the end of this course, students are capable of communicating more comfortably with their Chinese relatives, colleagues, business partners and friends.

Prerequisites: Intermediate level proficiency.

Section 1: Sundays and Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Chinese Specialized Courses (short sessions)
Survival Chinese (NEW!)

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.

Prerequisites: This class is best suited for students who have not studied Chinese before.
Tuition fee: 1,300
Course duration: 15 January – 22 February 2017 (6 Weeks), 18 hours
Level: Beginner

Section 1: Mondays & Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Materials: Handouts will be distributed in class