Adult Chinese Language – Fall 2017



Fall Registration Is Now Open!

Register by August 15, 2017 to receive up to $50 discount off tuition (Intensive Classes) and $25 (Regular Classes)! Classes start on September 25, 2017.

China Institute’s fully immersive group classes, led by experienced language teachers, 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.

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 Mandarin with native speakers, we offer a 45 minute one-on-one tutoring office hour throughout the semester while group classes are in session. During the tutoring sessions, trained and experienced language tutors interact closely with students to help with pronunciation, conversational skills, and review what has be taught in class.

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 2017 Course Listing (9/25 – 12/9)

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 $25 non-refundable registration fee)


Monday & Wednesday
9:30am–12:30pm
Instructor: TBA
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 $25 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesday & Thursday
9:30am – 12:30pm
Instructor: Yiyu Jiang
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

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

20 sessions (60 hours)
$1,175 member / $1,225 non-member
(plus a $25 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesday & Thursday (CANCELLED)
9:30am – 12:30pm
Instructor: Lan Yang
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 $25 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesday & Thursday
9:30am – 12:30pm
Instructor: Yiyu Jiang

BEGINNER

DAY

TIME

Level 101
Mon 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 $25 non-refundable registration fee)


Monday (CLASS FULL)
6:30pm-8:30pm
Instructor: TBA
Saturday
10:00am-12:00pm
Instructor: TBA
Level 102
Thu 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 $25 non-refundable registration fee)


Thursday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: TBA
Saturday (CANCELLED)
12:30pm-2:30pm
Instructor: TBA
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 $25 non-refundable registration fee)


Monday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: TBA
Saturday
12:30pm-2:30pm
Instructor: TBA
Level 104 (High Beginner)
Mon Sat

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.

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


Monday
6:30pm-8:30pm
Instructor: TBA
Saturday (CANCELLED)
10:00am-12:00pm
Instructor: TBA
Level 105 (High Beginner)
Tue
6:30pm-8:30pm

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 $25 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Yue Zheng
Level 106 (High Beginner)
Wed
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 $25 non-refundable registration fee)


Wednesday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Wenjin Bi

INTERMEDIATE

DAY

TIME

Level 201
Wed
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 $25 non-refundable registration fee)


Wednesday (CLASS FULL)
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Ping Wang
Level 202
Sat
12:30-2:30pm

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 $25 non-refundable registration fee)


Saturday (CANCELLED)
12:30-2:30pm
Instructor: TBA
Level 206 (High Intermediate)
Thu
6:30pm-8:30pm

This class will bring students to a high intermediate level. 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 4.

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


Thursday
6:30pm-8:30pm
Instructor: TBA
Level 207 (High Intermediate)
Sat
10:00am-12:00pm

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 4.

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


Saturday
10:00am-12:00pm
Instructor: TBA
Level 208 (High Intermediate)
Tue
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 $25 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Steve Zhang
Lunch-Hour Conversation(Intermediate)
Wed
12:30-2:00pm

This class is designed for students who have completed our Beginning level 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 (15 hours)
$360 member / $400 non-member
(plus a $25 non-refundable registration fee)


Wednesday (CANCELLED)
12:30-2:00pm
Instructor: TBA
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 $25 non-refundable registration fee)


Monday (CLASS FULL)
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Steve Zhang
Heritage Chinese Intermediate II
Mon
6:30-8:30pm

This course is a continuation of Heritage Chinese Intermediate I. It 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 class is Road to Success, Upper Elementary, Reading and Writing, Vol. 1.

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


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

ADVANCED

DAY

TIME

Lunch-Hour Conversation (Advanced)
Tue
12:30pm-2:00pm

This course is designed for students who have completed our Intermediate Level Chinese class or at an equivalent proficiency level. It 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.

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

10 sessions (15 hours)
$360 member / $400 non-member
(plus a $25 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesday (CANCELLED)
12:30pm-2:00pm
Instructor: TBA
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 $25 non-refundable registration fee)


Thursday (CLASS FULL)
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.

The textbook required for this course is Reading into a New China, Edition 2, Vol.2.

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


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

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 $25 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesday
6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Xiaoling Dong
NEW! Reading Modern Chinese Literature
Thu
6:30-8:30pm

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. 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.

10 sessions (15 hours)
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $25 non-refundable registration fee)


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