This course is geared to students who have completed Mandarin: Intermediate or are functionally conversant in the language. While conversations are kept simple, they will be enriched with a variety of daily life topics, at once broadening your cultural knowledge while building your communication skills. You will also get to expand your written skills by focusing on constructing paragraphs.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
distinguish and reproduce the four tones of the language with greater ease
use Pinyin (an invaluable Mandarin pronunciation guide, which uses the English alphabet) more effectively
understand and use the new vocabulary and more complex grammar that will be taught
ask and answer more complex questions
recognize and reproduce simple characters
form longer sentences and short paragraphs that could be used in email or on WeChat
be more familiar with Chinese culture, by means of Chinese social media, songs, videos, etc.
We encourage students to participate in our language courses more than one time in order to truly learn the material taught over 10 lessons. It also gives you additional exposure to varying activities within each topic.
Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Chinese Premium Second Edition, from McGraw-Hill (mandatory)
Our online hybrid language courses make language learning flexible and convenient. The use of both synchronous and asynchronous delivery styles allows for both real-time virtual classroom conversation practice (synchronous delivery) and self-paced study (asynchronous delivery). The synchronous delivery style will occur during the scheduled class dates and time, using Zoom for videoconferencing, chat and screen sharing for class instruction and pair/group work. The asynchronous delivery style uses Brightspace, an online environment where learners can access class materials and resources for self-paced study throughout the week. Educational activities can include exercises, readings, forums, audio/video files, quizzes, etc.
A full course refund will only be provided if you withdraw from the course prior to the course start date. A refund, less a $15 administrative fee, will be issued if you withdraw within 6 calendar days after the official course start date. Depending on your method of payment, a refund will be either mailed to you or credited to your credit card.
Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology
This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).