Adult Chinese Language – Spring 2018


Summer Registration Coming Soon!

Register by May 31 to receive a $75 discount off tuition (Intensive Classes) and $30 (Regular Classes)! Classes start on July 9, 2018.

China Institute offers a wide range of the Chinese language courses at every proficiency level, from beginner to advanced. We also offer language classes with a specialized focus on grammar, reading, speaking and writing.

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

Spring Registration Still Open

INTENSIVE

DAY

TIME

Beginner Intensive I (Levels 101-103)
Mon Wed
9:30am–12:30pm

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.

20 sessions (60 hours)
$1,175 member / $1,225 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Monday & Wednesday
9:30am–12:30pm
Beginner Intensive II (Levels 104-106)
Tue Thu
9:30am – 12:30pm

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.

20 sessions (60 hours)
$1,175 member / $1,225 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesday & Thursday
9:30am – 12:30pm
Intermediate Intensive II (Levels 204-206)
Tue Thu
9:30am – 12:30pm

This course is a continuation of the Intermediate Intensive I, and is designed for students who are interested in studying Mandarin Chinese at a faster pace, i.e., completing Intermediate Chinese 204, 205 and 206 in 10 weeks.

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

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

20 sessions (60 hours)
$1,175 member / $1,225 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesday & Thursday
9:30am – 12:30pm

BEGINNER

DAY

TIME

Level 101
Thu Sat

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 are Road to Success: Threshold

10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Thursday (CANCELED)
6:30pm-8:30pm
Instructor: TBA
Saturday
10:00am – 12:00pm
Instructor: Lan Yang
Level 102
Tue Sat

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.

10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: TBA
Saturday
12:30 – 2:30pm
Instructor: Xiaohong Hou
Level 103
Mon Sat

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.

10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Monday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Xiaoying Zhou
Saturday
10:00am – 12:00pm
Instructor: Xiaoying Zhou
Level 105 (High Beginner)
Mon Sat

This 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 (Lessons 18-22).

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 2 or 3.

10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Monday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Rency Qu
Saturday
12:30 – 2:30pm
Instructor: TBA
Level 106 (High Beginner)
Mon
6:30-8:30pm

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 3.

10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Monday
6:30-8:30pm
Heritage Chinese Beginner II
Mon
6:30-8:30pm

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 Developing Chinese, Elementary reading and writing 初级读写 Vol.2.

10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $25 non-refundable registration fee)


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

INTERMEDIATE

DAY

TIME

Level 201
Tue
6:30-8:30pm

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.

10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Wenjin Bi
Level 202
Wed
6:30pm-8:30pm

CANCELLED

This class will continue with Road to Success, Elementary Vol 1. Students will learn how to express exclamation and other emotions, explain issues, and describe resultative events.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success, Elementary Vol 1 (Lesson 5-8).

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

10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Wednesday (CANCELLED)
6:30pm-8:30pm
Instructor: Shouwen Pan
Level 203 (Intermediate)
Wed
6:30pm-8:30pm

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.

10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Wednesday
6:30pm-8:30pm
Instructor: Ping Wang
Level 208 (High Intermediate)
Thu
6:30 – 8:30pm

This class is a continuation of Intermediate Chinese 207. Three pieces of contemporary proses and one traditional fable will be studied. Students will be able to tell a comprehensive story with flesh and blood in an authentic way of expression.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success, Upper Elementary Vol 1 (Lesson 5-8).

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

10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Thursday
6:30 – 8:30pm
Instructor: Jia Situ
Level 209 (High Intermediate)
Sat
10:00am – 12:00pm

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 or 5.

10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Saturday
10:00am – 12:00pm
Intermediate Conversation
Mon
6:30-8:30pm

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.

10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Monday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Steve Zhang

ADVANCED

DAY

TIME

NEW! Pre-Advanced Chinese through Videos
Sat
12:30pm-2:00pm

CANCELED

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.

10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Saturday (CANCELED)
12:30pm-2:30pm
Instructor: Lan Yang
Advanced Chinese 301
Tue
6:30 – 8:30pm

This course will bring students to the advanced level courses. Student will read 4 inspiring stories, each followed with an open-end question to elicit in-depth oral and written communication in the target language. Sophisticated use of words and expressions are introduced in these allegory texts.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success, Upper Elementary Vol 2 (Lesson 13-16).

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


Tuesday
6:30 – 8:30pm
Instructor: Steve Zhang
Hot Topics in China (Advanced Speaking & Reading)
Thu
6:30-8:30pm

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.

10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Thursday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Wei Tang
Advanced Reading
Wed
6:30pm-8:30pm

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 the reading comprehension skills of the target language. The instructor will guide students to read more sophisticated Chinese language articles of a variety of genres and topics. Composition, two-way (Chinese-English) translation, and language practicum will be incorporated into this course to enhance more advanced learning.

10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Wednesday
6:30pm-8:30pm
Instructor: Xiaoling Dong
Advanced Spoken Chinese
Tue
6:30-8:30pm

CANCELLED

This course aims at pushing students’ spoken Chinese beyond daily life conversations. In this advanced course, students will be engaged in discussions on a variety of topics about China’s economy, politics, social problems and cultural issues. Pre-reading is required before each class to ensure optimal participation in class discussions. Reading materials are chosen from different sources such as language textbooks, newspaper articles, and internet postings.

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

10 sessions (20 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesday (CANCELLED)
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Xiaoling Dong
Reading Modern Chinese Literature Part III
Thu
6:30-8:30pm

CLASS FULL. Please contact [email protected] to be put on the waitlist.

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.

In Part III of this series, the course will introduce the eminent essayists whose works are good representation of essays as an accomplished genre of modern Chinese literature between 1940 and 2000. These works were the witness to an era full of upheavals due to tremendous changes in political and intellectual environments, social-economic conditions, and in cultural tradition and behaviors.

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.

10 sessions (15 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Thursday (Class Full)
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Steve Zhang