Adult Chinese Language – Fall 2019

Fall Registration is Now Open!

Classes start on September 23, 2019.

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.

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 in-person 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.

Address: 100 Washington Street (Enter via 40 Rector Street), 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006
Phone: 212-744-8181 Fax: 212-628-4159

 

Fall 2019 Course Listing (Classes Start the Week of 9/23/2019)

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, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 24 – December 3 (No Class November 28)
20 sessions (60 hours)
$1,175 member / $1,225 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


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, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 24 – December 3 (No Class November 28)
20 sessions (60 hours)
$1,175 member / $1,225 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesday & Thursday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Intermediate Intensive I (Level 201-203)
Mon & Wed
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

This course is a continuation of the beginner level classes, and is designed for students who are interested in studying Mandarin Chinese at a faster pace, i.e., completing Intermediate Chinese 201, 202 and 203 in 10 weeks.

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

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

Monday & Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
September 23 – December 4 (No Class October 14 and November 27)
20 sessions (60 hours)
$1,175 member / $1,225 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Monday & Wednesday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

BEGINNER

DAY

TIME

Level 101
Wed or 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 PM – 8:30 PM
September 25 – December 4 (No Class November 27)
Saturday, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
September 28 – December 7 (No Class November 30)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Wednesday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Rency Qu
Saturday
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Instructor: Xiaohong Hou
Level 102
Tue or 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 PM – 8:30 PM
September 24 – November 26
Saturday, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
September 28 – December 7 (No Class November 30)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Lan Yang
Saturday
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Instructor: Nan Deng
Level 103
Thu or Sat
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM,
10:00 AM - 12:00 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 2.

Thursday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
September 26 – December 5 (No Class November 28)
Saturday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
September 28 – December 7 (No Class November 30)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Thursday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Rency Qu
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Nan Deng
Level 104 (High Beginner)
Wed
6:30 PM - 8:30 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 2.

Wednesday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
September 25 – December 4 (No Class November 27)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Wednesday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Maisy Zhang
Heritage Chinese Beginner I
Tue
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This course is designed specifically for heritage Chinese students who possess speaking skills but limited reading and writing skills in Chinese. It will introduce basic vocabulary, sentence patterns and phrases and fundamental grammar rules in Chinese. Writing is also an important part of the training in this class.

The textbook required for this course is Contemporary Chinese for Heritage Learners, L1-8

Tuesday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
September 24 – November 26
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
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 PM – 8:30 PM
September 23 – December 2 (No Class October 14)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Monday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Elementary Conversation
Sat
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

This conversational course provides optimal opportunities for students to acquire better speaking skills in Chinese with the emphasis on natural, colloquial usage of the language. It is designed for students who have completed higher beginner classes (Levels 104-106) in our Chinese classes or at an equivalent proficiency level, but wish to advance their conversation level. This class is highly conversational, interactive and communicative.

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

Saturday, 12:30 AM – 2:30 PM
September 28 – December 7 (No Class November 30)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Saturday
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Instructor: Lan Yang

INTERMEDIATE

DAY

TIME

Level 201 (Lower Intermediate)
Mon or Sat
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM,
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This course will bring students to the intermediate level courses, and covers topics of phone conversation, renting an apartment, going out to eat in a restaurant and watching TV programs, among many others. Upon completion, students will be able to discuss different aspects of daily life and use more complicated structures for language expressions.

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

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

Monday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
September 23 – December 2 (No Class October 14)
Saturday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
September 28 – December 7 (No Class November 30)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Monday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Xiaolin Lin
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Xiaohong Hou
Level 203 (Lower Intermediate)
Mon
6:30 PM - 8:30 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 or 4.

Monday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
September 23 – December 2 (No Class October 14)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Monday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Xiaohong Hou
Level 205 (Intermediate)
Tue
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 4.

Tuesday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
September 24 – November 26
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
Intermediate Chinese 207
Wed
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.

Wednesday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
September 25 – December 4 (No Class November 27)
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
Wed
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This class is designed for students who have completed up to Level 106 in our Chinese classes or at an equivalent proficiency level. 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.

Wednesday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
September 25 – December 4 (No Class November 27)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Wednesday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Steve Zhang
Heritage Chinese Intermediate I
Thu
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This course is designed specifically for heritage Chinese students who possess speaking skills but limited reading and writing skills in Chinese. It will introduce more functional vocabulary and sentence patterns and phrases, and provide a systemic review of grammar 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 HSK Standard Course, HSK 4 上.

Thursday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
September 26 – December 5 (No Class November 28)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Thursday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Xiaoling Dong
Communicative Chinese through Reading (High Intermediate)
Wed
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This course is designed for those who have achieved an overall high intermediate level of proficiency in the Chinese language and seek advanced and guided training in reading comprehension skills of the target language.  Reading texts cover a variety of social topics.

The textbook required for this course is Beyond the Basics (Lesson 7-11).

Wednesday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
September 25 – December 4 (No Class November 27)
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 303
Thu
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This course is a continuation of Level 302, covering lessons 7-10 in the Reading Into a New China. Student will read articles reflecting various social issues in contemporary China, such as entrepreneurship and viewpoints of marriage and love. Advanced skills in reading comprehension will be developed, along with professional speaking skills, such as discussion and oral presentation.

The textbook required for this course is Reading Into a New China, Vol. 1 (Lesson 7-10).

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

Thursday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
September 26 – December 5 (No Class November 28)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Thursday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Jia Situ
Pre-Advanced Chinese through Videos
Tue or Sat
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM,
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.

Tuesday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
September 24 – November 26
Saturday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
September 28 – December 7 (No Class November 30)
10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Xiaoling Dong
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Lan Yang
Reading Masterpieces of Modern Chinese Poetry
Mon
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This course is designed for Chinese learners at a high intermediate level or beyond as well as native speakers of Chinese who are interested in studying Chinese poetry in its original language. In this ten-week course, students will study selected masterpieces of modern Chinese poetry (since 1919). Through understanding and appreciation of the poetic Chinese language, students will be exposed to its rhetoric, lexicon, and unique linguistic imagery. Students will be immersed in the richness of Chinese vocabulary and classical phrases in great depth and detail. Recitation is also a part of the curriculum by which students work on improving their pronunciation, tones, and intonations. Students will experience and realize the musical aspect of the Chinese language, as manifested in its poetic rhythm and unique rhyming formations.

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Monday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
September 23 – December 2 (No Class October 14)
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
Reading Modern Chinese Essays I
Thu
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

While China’s long poetic tradition holds an important place in the nation’s literary cannon, 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 which 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.

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Thursday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
September 26 – December 5 (No Class November 28)
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 PM – 8:30 PM
September 26 – December 5 (No Class November 28)
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