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Beginning Chinese I

Beginning Chinese I is a course designed for beginners with no prior knowledge of Chinese language. People who have previously encountered Chinese but have not studied it systematically should also consider this level to solidify their pronunciation and Chinese character recognition. This course begins with pinyin, the Chinese pronunciation system and offers an integrated introduction to reading, listening, speaking, and writing in Chinese. For Chinese characters, the emphasis is on recognition. Students will practice accurate pronunciation and tones, complete with real communicative tasks, and learn to recognize about 160 characters. By the end of the session, students will be able to initiate and respond to greetings, exchange basic personal information, talk about one’s family, describe one’s appearance, and conduct conversations about some daily life topics. There is no written homework, though the instructor may request additional time outside class or provide some oral assignments.

Characters: 160
Communicative objectives:

Language objectives:

Information about the textbook
It is not necessary to purchase a textbook. Instructors will distribute all necessary materials in class.



$250 for each participant


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