This course is for those who have already completed Mandarin: Beginner (or the equivalent). Here, you’ll take your basic knowledge of Chinese characters and developed tone recognition and expand your ability to build longer sentences, while continuing to learn about the culture through Chinese songs, poems, movies, and other art forms.
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 grammar that will be taught
ask and answer more complex questions
recognize and reproduce simple characters
form longer sentences 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.
Online learning is when course delivery, and all associated learning activities, take place via the internet. For online learning tips, system requirements and differences between delivery styles, please visit our online learning webpages.
Using mobile devices in online courses
If you are planning on accessing your online courses using a mobile device such as a tablet or a smartphone, please note that not all required course features will be accessible with these devices. To fully function in your online courses, you will need to have access to a computer running Windows or MacOS.
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).