Adult Chinese Language – Spring 2019


Spring Registration is Now Open – Classes Start on April 8!

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, Business Chinese, Chinese through Videos, 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

Spring 2019 Course Listing (Classes Start the Week of 4/8/2019)

INTENSIVE

DAY

TIME

Beginner Intensive I (Levels 101-103)
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 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.

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 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 I (Levels 201-203)
Tue Thu
9:30am-12:30pm

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

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
Tue Sat
6:30-8:30pm; 12:30-2:30pm

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)


Tuesday
6:30-8:30 pm
Instructor: Lan Yang
Saturday
12:30-2:30pm
Instructor: Nan Deng
Level 102
Thu Sat
6:30-8:30pm; 10:00am-12:00pm

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)


Thursday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Rency Qu
Saturday
10:00am-12:00pm
Instructor: Nan Deng
Level 103
Wed Sat
6:30-8:30pm, 12:30-2:30pm

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)


Wednesday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Maisy Zhang
Saturday
12:30-2:30pm
Instructor: Lan Yang
Level 105 (High Beginner)
Sat
12:30 – 2:30pm

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)


Saturday
12:30 – 2:30pm
Instructor: Xiaohong Hou
Level 106 (High Beginner)
Mon Sat
6:30-8:30pm, 10:00am-12:00pm

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
Instructor: Xiaolin Lin
Saturday
10:00am-12:00pm
Instructor: Xiaohong Hou
Heritage Chinese Beginner I
Mon
6:30-8:30pm

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 Developing Chinese, Elementary reading and writing 初级读写 Vol.1.

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


Monday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Xiaoling Dong
Heritage Chinese Beginner II
Thu
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 $30 non-refundable registration fee)


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

INTERMEDIATE

DAY

TIME

Level 202 (Lower Intermediate)
Mon
6:30-8:30pm

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)


Monday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Rency Qu
Level 204
Tue
6:30-8:30pm

This class will cover topics of social communication such as special event celebration, visiting friends and patients, picking up someone at the airport, etc. Students will be able to construct sentences with unique grammatical elements in Chinese, i.e. Directional completion complements and 把.

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

*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)


Tuesday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Wenjin Bi
Level 206 (Intermediate)
Wed
6:30pm-8:30pm

This class is a continuation of Intermediate Chinese 205. Topics covered include entertainment and culture, etc. Students will learn grammatical points such as “把” structure in a more comprehensive way, the probable complement, and the passive patterns, among many others.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success, Elementary Vol 2 (Lesson 21-24).

*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
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 Reading Chinese Media Texts (Newspaper & Internet)
Tue
6:30-8:30pm

This unique course is designed for high-intermediate to low advanced level students to strengthen their reading skills. Through a carefully selected array of texts from current newspapers, Internet journals and other social-media, students are expected to acquire a keen outlook into dramatic changes in contemporary Chinese society. With textual analyses on aspects of the social and cultural life in China in the new millennium, students will gain an intimate yet amusing comprehension of the linguistic codes and jargons of modern Chinese. Students will develop a unique vocabulary and taste the language usage that vividly denote the feeling of Chinese people today. This course has been designed for those who have completed high intermediate level courses (206~209) and would like to strengthen their reading skills.

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


Tuesday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Steve Zhang
Pre-Advanced Chinese through Videos
Tue Sat
6:30-8:30pm; 10:00am-12:00pm

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)


Tuesday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Xiaoling Dong
Saturday
10:00am-12:00pm
Instructor: Lan Yang
New! Reading Masterpieces of Modern Chinese Poetry
Wed
6:30-8:30pm

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. Read More

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


Wednesday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Xiaoling Dong
New! Heritage Chinese Advanced I
Wed
6:30-8:30pm

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 5 I.

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

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


Wednesday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Yanjie Song
Level 302 (Advanced)
Tue
6:30-8:30pm

This course is a continuation of Level 301, covering lessons 5-7 in the Reading Into a New China. Student will read articles reflecting various social issues in contemporary China, such as education system and employment. 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 4-6).

*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)


Tuesday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Jia Situ
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
New! Reading in Modern Chinese Literature: Short Stories Part III
Thu
6:30-8:30pm

If literature embodies the imagination of a nation, then modern Chinese fictions and short stories represent the culmination of Chinese society and its people by demonstrating the influence of its cultural heritage through time of chaos and conflicts. Through a sampling of masterpieces by celebrated authors from Lu Xun (1881-1936), Lao She (1899-1966), Ba Jin (1904-2005) to Qian Zhongshu (1911-1999), this course offers an extraordinary chance to analyze modern Chinese fiction for anyone who wishes to comprehend why and how China has gone through a turbulent century of violence, struggles, wars, revolutions and reforms as the birth of a new national language and mass culture seem to forecast lasting impacts in both the China of the present and the future. Read More

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


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