Adult Chinese Language – Summer 2019

Summer Registration is Now Open!

Classes start on July 8, 2019.

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

Summer 2019 Course Listing (July 8 – August 9)

INTENSIVE

DAY

TIME

Beginner Intensive I (Levels 101-103)
Mon Tue Wed Thu
12:30 PM - 4:00 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 5 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 (70 hours)
July 8-August 8
Monday-Thursday, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM
$1,500 member / $1,550 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Monday-Thursday
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Beginner Intensive II (Levels 104-106)
Mon Tue Wed Thu
12:30 PM - 4:00 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 5 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.

20 sessions (70 hours)
July 8-August 8
Monday-Thursday, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM
$1,500 member / $1,550 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Monday-Thursday
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Intermediate Intensive I (Levels 201-203)
Mon Tue Wed Thu
12:30 PM - 4:00 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 & Vol. 2

20 sessions (70 hours)
July 8-August 8
Monday-Thursday, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM
$1,500 member / $1,550 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Monday-Thursday
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM

BEGINNER

DAY

TIME

Level 101
Mon Wed
6:30 PM - 8:30 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 are Road to Success: Threshold

10 sessions (20 hours)
July 8-August 7
Monday & Wednesday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


CLASS FULL
Monday & Wednesday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Level 102
Tue Thu
6:30 PM - 8:30 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.

10 sessions (20 hours)
July 9-August 8
Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesday & Thursday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Level 103
Mon Wed
6:30 PM - 8:30 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 2.

10 sessions (20 hours)
July 8-August 7
Monday & Wednesday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Monday & Wednesday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Elementary Conversational Chinese
Mon Wed
6:30 PM - 8:30 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.

10 sessions (20 hours)
July 8-August 7
Monday & Wednesday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Monday & Wednesday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Heritage Chinese Beginner I
Tue 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 Contemporary Chinese for Heritage Learners.

10 sessions (20 hours)
July 9-August 8
Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


CLASS CANCELED
Tuesday & Thursday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

INTERMEDIATE

DAY

TIME

Intermediate Conversation
Tue Thu
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.

10 sessions (20 hours)
July 9-August 8
Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


CLASS FULL
Tuesday & Thursday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
5-Session Short Course: Pre-Advanced Chinese through Videos
Thu
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This 5-session short 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.

5 sessions (10 hours)
July 11 – August 8
Thursday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
$250 member / $290 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Thursday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

ADVANCED

DAY

TIME

Hot Topics in China (Advanced Speaking & Reading)
Tue 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.

10 sessions (20 hours)
July 9-August 8
Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
$465 member / $505 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesday & Thursday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
New! A Summer Special Course by Ben Wang: Poetry and Fine Arts in Summertime
Tue
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

For Summer 2019, China Institute will offer a new and special course taught by the renowned Ben Wang focusing on classical fine art and poems that thematize and elaborate the feelings and promise of the Summer season. Selected works by masters of poetry, calligraphy, and painting from the Song dynasty (960-1280) through the dawning years of the Republic (1911-) will be introduced. Read More

5 sessions (10 hours)
July 9 – August 6
Tuesdays, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Tuition: $250 member/$290 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Tuesdays
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Ben Wang
New! Summer Special: Understanding Dao De Jing《道德经》
Wed
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 (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. Read More

5 sessions (10 hours)
July 10-August 7
Wednesday, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Tuition: $250 members / $290 non-members
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)


Wednesdays
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Shouwen Pan