Adult Chinese Language

Spring Registration is Now Open!

Register today! Online classes start on April 6, 2020. See below for free class trial information.

China Institute’s immersive group classes, led by experienced language teachers, offer a wide range of Chinese language courses at every proficiency level, from beginner to advanced. Our feature courses include but are not limited to: Chinese Literature, Classical Chinese, Chinese through Videos, Media Text, and Hot Topics, among many others.

For the first time, China Institute will provide online learning options via Zoom for Spring 2020. Please see below to browse the course options. Download the free ZOOM app and follow China Institute directives, sent separately, to join your class stream.

An additional bonus to all registered students is our FREE Tutoring Office Hour program. As an effort to provide extra opportunities for our students to practice Chinese with native speakers, we offer a 45 minute one-on-one tutoring office hour throughout the semester while group classes are in session.

Not sure which level to register for? Schedule an appointment for a quick assessment! Please contact Tina Fang at [email protected], call 212-744-8181, ext. 150, or submit your information through our contact form online.

Please note:

  • Course materials are not included in the tuition fee and are available for purchase at China Institute.
  • We run small-sized classes. Registration will be closed when a class is full.
  • Class schedules are subject to change. A class will be canceled if registration is low.

Spring 2020 Course Listing (Classes Start the Week of 4/6/2020)

SPECIAL COURSES

DAY

TIME

Ben Wang’s Special Course: Heart of a Culture: The Tang, Song, and Yuan Poetry of China Part III
Tue
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Blending music and painting – in that the spoken is music and the written painting – the Chinese language is uniquely suited for poetry. The classical Chinese poetry is a seemingly impersonal record of what a poet sees of life, as how it is reflected in Nature. It’s a pictorial composition set in matching tones, thus resulting in a union of literary and musical intensity and emotional depth: a literary genre that the cultivated Chinese have held in the highest esteem since the nascency of Chinese history and culture. A fine classical Chinese poem is a bridge for readers to wander into the mind and heart of the poet who inspires us to marvel at the beauty of a literary genre that transcends the boundary of time and place, in that how life with all its joys and sorrows is portrayed in metaphors and similes.

Classical Chinese poetry reached its heights during the Tang dynasty (618-907). In this 3-part lecture in English, taught consecutively in 3 semesters, starting September 2019, Ben Wang, Senior Lecturer of China Institute, will introduce poetry of the Tang (Tang Shi), Song (960-1280) (Song Ci), and Yuan (1280-1368) (Yuan Qu).  Detailed discussion of the poems and the subtle differences between the 3 will be explained and elaborated to reveal beauty and profundity in their now common, now separate ways. Political and social backgrounds of the Periods, against which the poems were composed, and relationship between Chinese poetry, music, painting and major schools of thought will also be explored.

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Schedule:

Tuesday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
April 7 – June 9
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesday
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Instructor: Ben Wang
Understanding Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching)《道德经》
Mon
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The three pillars of the traditional Chinese culture, i.e. Confucianism (Rújiā), Buddhism (Fόjiā) and Daoism (Dàojiā), competed against each other, influenced each other, but maintained distinct features. Daoism (Dàojiā) originated from a book of about 5000 characters popularly named as Dao De Jing, traditionally known as Tao Te Ching, (DDJ, the Classic of the Way and Virtue) reputedly written by a legendary figure of the 6th century BC named Laozi. For more than 2000 years this little book, in spite of its short length, has tremendously shaped the traditional Chinese culture. As Wing-Tsit Chan said, “No one can hope to understand Chinese philosophy, religion, government, art, medicine—or even cooking—without a real appreciation of the profound philosophy taught in this little book.” In the 16th century DDJ entered the West, inspired many great thinkers such as Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Tolstoy, Jung, Needham and so on, and became a master key to the traditional Chinese culture. DDJ is the second most translated book in the world after the Bible.

Just like the BibleDDJ is not an ordinary book. Instead, it is a classic for guiding the Way cultivators to cultivate the Way and accumulate the Virtue so as to elevate their life to a higher level. It covers a wide range of themes of philosophy, ethics, history, politics, literature, mythology, physics, regimen, and so on. Written largely in poems, it is full of proverbs and rhetorical speeches. The rich philosophical meaning, poetic meaning and implicit meaning which lie behind the cover of the simple words, fascinate generations of DDJ fans either in China or in the world to explore its inexhaustible charm and draw spiritual nutrition from it.

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Schedule:

5 sessions (10 hours)
Monday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
April 6 – May 4
Tuition: $250 member/$290 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


CLASS CANCELED
Monday
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Instructor: Shouwen Pan
Reading in Modern Chinese Literature: Essays Part III
Thu
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

While China’s long poetic tradition holds an important place in the nation’s literary canon, it is its prose that most astutely portrays life in China’s modern era.  Like novels and short stories, Chinese essays have the unique ability to capture some of the most poignant themes of this modern age: crisis and conflict, wars and revolution, the struggle for social justice and identity in modernization. Indeed what works could better lead to a wider understanding of China among an increasingly global audience than Lu Xun’s “miscellaneous essays” (za wen), the works of Hu Shi or Zhou Zuoren’s social and political comments, and in doing so serve as the most expressive witness of individual experience in the 20th century?

This course will introduce the most influential authors and their works from the period between 1910 and 1950, an era which began with a break from the millennium-long tradition of Chinese writing with the new use of the Chinese vernacular, an era which bore witness to the decades of China’s civil war, and which ended with the rise of China’s new regime in the Fall of 1949.  Students will be introduced to a selection of texts, which they will analyze the lenses of language, style and rhetoric, to recognize the efforts and achievement of modern Chinese essays.  Authors like Lu Xun, Zhou Zuoren, Hu Shi, Lin Yutang, and Xu Zhimo, will all be introduced with original texts.

This is an advanced level reading class in Mandarin for students who have met the prerequisite of two years of Chinese language study or equivalent with interests in Chinese literature, comparative poetics, intellectual history, linguistics and the practice of translating world literature.

 

Schedule:

Thursdays, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
April 9 – June 11
10 sessions (20 hours)
Tuition: $465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Thursday
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Instructor: Steve Zhang

INTENSIVE

DAY

TIME

Beginner Intensive I (Levels 101-103)
Tue Thu
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

This class is designed for students who are interested in studying Mandarin Chinese at a faster pace, i.e., completing Beginning Chinese 101, 102, and 103 in 10 weeks. Upon completion, a solid foundation will be established both in pronunciation (initials, vowels and most importantly, the tones) and fundamental knowledge of the Chinese characters. Students will be able to carry out conversations on daily activities and master about 200 Chinese words and expressions.

The textbooks required for this course are Road to Success: Threshold and Lower Elementary, Vol. 1.

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 2.

Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30am – 12:30pm
April 7 – June 11
20 sessions (60 hours)
$1,175 member / $1,225 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


CLASS CANCELED
Tuesday & Thursday
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Beginner Intensive II (Level 104-106)
Tue Thu
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

This class is designed for students who are interested in studying Mandarin Chinese at a faster pace, i.e., completing Beginning Chinese 104, 105 and 106 in 10 weeks. This course is a continuation of the Beginner Intensive. Upon completion, student will be able to carry on daily conversations and master about additional 200 Chinese words and expressions. Students will also be expected to write simple sentences in Chinese characters.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success: Lower Elementary, Vol. 2.

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 3.

Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30am – 12:30pm
April 7 – June 11
20 sessions (60 hours)
$1,175 member / $1,225 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


CLASS CANCELED
Tuesday & Thursday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

BEGINNER

DAY

TIME

Level 101
Wed Sat
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

This course is designed for absolute beginners with little or no knowledge of Chinese Mandarin. This class will introduce the phonics of Chinese Mandarin, sounds and tones, using the pinyin Romanization system. Upon completion, students will be expected to establish a solid foundation in Chinese pronunciation (initials, vowels and most importantly, the tones). In addition, students will easily master about 80 basic Chinese characters, most of which are very commonly used to construct other characters. Students are also expected to be able to conduct short daily conversations, including greetings, expressing gratitude, and introducing oneself and others, etc.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success: Threshold.

– Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30pm
April 8 – June 10
– Saturday, 12:30 – 2:30pm
April 11 – June 20 (No Class May 23 Memorial Day weekend)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


CLASS CANCELED
Wednesday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Rency Qu
Saturday
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Level 102
Tue Sat
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

This class will continue to build on the pronunciation and tones taught in Beginning Chinese 101. In addition, this course will cover the topics of making acquaintance, describing oneself, making appointments, discussing everyday situations, asking various types of questions, making suggestions or comments, etc.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success: Lower Elementary, Vol.1. Lessons 1-6

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 1.

– Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:30pm
April 7 – June 9
– Saturday, 12:30 – 2:30pm
April 11 – June 20 (No Class May 23 Memorial Day weekend)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Rency Qu
Saturday
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Instructor: Lan Yang
Level 103
Wed Sat
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

This class will continue to introduce new vocabulary and sentence patterns. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to communicate about daily necessities, including shopping, making a purchase, and going to the bank, among many others.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success: Lower Elementary, Vol.1 Lessons 7-12.

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 1.

– Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30pm
April 8 – June 10
– Saturday, 12:30 – 2:30pm
April 11 – June 20 (No Class May 23 Memorial Day weekend)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Wednesday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Xiaojing Zhang
Saturday
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Instructor: Xiaohong Hou
Level 104 (High Beginner)
Tue Sat
6:30 PM - 2:30 PM
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

This class will bring students to a high beginner level. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to talk about daily activities, going to the movies, taking classes, and discussing sports.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success: Lower Elementary, Vol.2 (Lessons 13-17).

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 1-2.

– Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:30pm
April 7 – June 9
– Saturday, 12:30 – 2:30pm
April 11 – June 20 (No Class May 23 Memorial Day weekend)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


CLASS CANCELED
Tuesday
6:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Instructor: Xiaolin Lin
Saturday
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Instructor: Nan Deng
High Beginner Chinese 105
Thu Sat
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

is class will continue to introduce new vocabulary and sentence patterns. Topics to be covered include directions and locations, talking about personal skills, and describing sickness.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success: Lower Elementary, Vol.2, L18 – L22.

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 2.

– Thursday, 6:30 – 8:30pm
April 9 – June 11
– Saturday, 10:00 – 12:00pm
April 11 – June 20 (No Class May 23 Memorial Day weekend)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


CLASS CANCELED
Thursday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Jia Situ
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Nan Deng
High Beginner Chinese 106
Wed
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This class will continue to introduce new vocabulary and sentence patterns. Topics to be covered include style of clothing, making comparisons on weather, food and cities.  New grammar and sentence patterns include reduplication of verbs, the complement of manner, making comparisons, among many others.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success: Lower Elementary, Vol.2 (Lessons 23-28).

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 2.

Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30pm
April 8 – June 10
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Wednesday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Fei Xue
Heritage Chinese Beginner II
Mon
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Following Heritage Chinese Beginner I, this course is designed specifically for heritage Chinese students who possess speaking skills but limited reading and writing skills in Chinese. More complex and functional vocabulary words, sentence patterns and systemic review of grammar will be practiced through reading texts in various cultural related topics. Writing is also an important part of the training in this class.

The textbook required for this course is Contemporary Chinese for Heritage Learners, L9-14

Monday, 6:30 – 8:30pm
April 6 – June 15 (No Class May 25 Memorial Day)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Monday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Xiaoling Dong

INTERMEDIATE

DAY

TIME

Level 203
Mon Sat
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This class will continue the Road to Success, Elementary Vol. 1. Students will learn how to make emphasis and comparison in a more complex way, describe events in the future, talk about experience, and so forth.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success, Elementary Vol 1 (Lesson 9-12).

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 3.

– Monday, 6:30 – 8:30pm
April 6 – June 15 (No Class May 25 Memorial Day)
– Saturday, 10:00am – 12:00pm
April 11 – June 20 (No Class May 23 Memorial Day weekend)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


CLASS CANCELED
Monday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Xiaolin Lin
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Xiaohong Hou
Level 205
Mon
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This class is a continuation of Intermediate Chinese 204. Topics covered include sport and health.  Students will be able to express their ideas using deeper vocabulary words and more complex but authentic grammatical patterns.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success, Elementary Vol 2 (Lesson 17-20).

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 3 or 4.

Monday, 6:30 – 8:30pm
April 6 – June 15 (No Class May 25 Memorial Day)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


CLASS CANCELED
Monday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Xiaohong Hou
Level 207
Tue
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This class is a continuation of Intermediate Chinese 206. Topics focus on various aspects of life in China such as consulting Chinese medicine, dining out cultures, traveling during Chinese holidays, discovering Taiji, Peking opera and other traditional Chinese arts. Students will be able to talk about personal and social life at a high intermediate level.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success, Upper Elementary Vol 1 (Lesson 1-4).

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 3 or 4.

Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:30pm
April 7 – June 9
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Wenjin Bi
Level 209
Wed
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This class is a continuation of Intermediate Chinese 208. More complex vocabulary words, sentence patterns and structures will be learned through fables and historical stories, such as a dialogue between Confucius and a fisherman, the inventor of chopsticks, the legend of the phoenix, etc. Student will be able to read Chinese literature works without much effort, and to extend on most topics.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success, Upper Elementary Vol 1 (Lesson 9-12).

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 4.

Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30pm
April 8 – June 10
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Wednesday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Ping Wang
Intermediate Conversation
Mon
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This class is designed for students learned about 1,000 vocabularies and structures covering various topics in daily life or at an equivalent proficiency level but want to improve conversational skills. The class will help students speak the language with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most informal conversational and business settings. The class is highly conversational and interactive, with a focus on live conversations and discussions to achieve fluency of the spoken Chinese. Topics for discussion revolve around a wide range of themes, including latest hot topics in China and worldwide.

NO textbook is required to purchase for this class. Materials will be provided in class.

Monday, 6:30 – 8:30pm
April 6 – June 15 (No Class May 25 Memorial Day)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Monday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Steve Zhang
Eyes on China: An Intermediate-Advanced Reader (I)
Wed
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This course is designed for students who have achieved an overall intermediate-advanced level of proficiency in the Chinese language and seek guided training to bridge the gap between informal spoken Chinese and more formal written Chinese. The textbook for this course is the newly published Eyes on China: An Intermediate-advanced Reader of Modern Chinese (2019). The content is not just “contemporary” china, but rather “present day” China. Texts cover a wide range of topics, including the problem of air pollution, anti-corruption, infrastructure development, rural-urban disparity and the wealth gap, the development of high-speed railways, new tech trends, and the relationship between mainland China and Taiwan, among many others.

The textbook required for this course is Eyes on China: An Intermediate-advanced Reader of Modern Chinese, 2019 by Princeton University Press, (Lessons 1- 5).

Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30pm
April 8 – June 10
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Wednesday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Xiaoling Dong

ADVANCED

DAY

TIME

Advanced Chinese 305
Thu
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This course is a continuation of Level 304, moving into volume 2 of the book series Reading into a New China. The readings of this book have been carefully selected to include a variety of viewpoints on current issues of population, education, family, gender, environment, business, and technology in the rapidly changing China. Vocabulary and concepts related to these issues are recycled throughout the text, building up a basic core of knowledge.

The textbook required for this course is Reading into a New China, Vol. 2 (Lesson 14-16).

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 4 or 5.

Thursday, 6:30 – 8:30pm
April 9 – June 11
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


CLASS CANCELED
Thursday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Xiaoling Dong
Heritage Chinese Advanced (I)
Tue
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This course is designed specifically for heritage Chinese students who possess speaking skills and certain reading and writing skills in Chinese. It will introduce more advanced vocabulary and functional sentence patterns and phrases that support in-depth thinking and expression. Students will learn and better understand the use of these vocabulary and sentence structures through reading texts in various topics. Writing is also an important part of the training in this class.

The textbook required for this course is Standard Course HSK 4 下.

Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:30pm
April 7 – June 9
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Yanjie Song
Pre-Advanced Chinese through Videos
Sat
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course is a necessary bridge between high intermediate Chinese and advanced level courses. Students will be trained to develop real-life competence in pronunciation, spoken communication and active listening skills mainly through watching selected authentic videos. Skills in writing, reading, vocabulary and grammar will progress as well. In addition, students will become familiar with Chinese customs, popular idioms, phrases and expressions used in daily life. Discussion topics are designed to allow students to apply content, language, grammar and linguistic style learned in the videos to guided speeches and presentations. This course has been designed for those who have completed high intermediate level courses (206~209) but lack the proficiency competence for the advanced courses.

– Saturday, 10:00am – 12:00pm
April 11 – June 20 (No Class May 23 Memorial Day weekend)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Lan Yang
Reading Modern Chinese Essays III
Thu
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

While China’s long poetic tradition holds an important place in the nation’s literary canon, it is its prose that most acutely portrays life in China’s modern era.  Like novels and short stories, Chinese essays have the unique ability to capture some of the most poignant themes of this modern age: crisis and conflict, wars and revolution, the struggle for social justice and identity in modernization.

This course will introduce the most influential authors and their works from the period between 1910 and 1950, an era that began with a break from the millennium-long tradition of Chinese writing with the new use of the Chinese vernacular.

This is an advanced level reading class in Mandarin for students who have met the prerequisite of two years of Chinese language study or equivalent with interests in Chinese literature, comparative poetics, intellectual history, linguistics and the practice of translating world literature. [Read More]

Thursday, 6:30 – 8:30pm
April 9 – June 11
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Thursday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Steve Zhang
Hot Topics in China (Advanced Speaking & Reading)
Thu
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This course is designed for those who have achieved an overall high intermediate to advanced level of proficiency in the Chinese language and wish to advance their spoken fluency and sophistication.  Students will be fully engaged in discussions on a variety of reading topics about China’s economy, politics, social problems and cultural issues.

NO textbook is required to purchase for this class. Materials will be provided in class.

Thursday, 6:30 – 8:30pm
April 9 – June 11
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Thursday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Wei Tang