Mandarin - Level 1


Course description

This course is a very basic introduction to the Mandarin language. You will learn “survival” words and phrases, and receive ear training for Mandarin tones to become aware of how the meaning of words change in Mandarin.

Learning objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • distinguish and reproduce the four tones of the language
  • understand Pinyin, an invaluable Mandarin pronunciation guide, which uses the
    English alphabet. (You will not be expected to learn any Chinese characters at
    this level, so you can breathe easily.)
  • use personal pronouns, give a basic self-introduction, ask and answer in
    functional conversations, say and understand useful vocabulary (family kinship
    terms, numbers, dates and time, food and beverage, daily activities etc.), utilize
    common expressions like greetings, "Thank you," "What’s that?" etc.
  • understand basic grammar
  • form basic sentences using vocabulary and sentence structures learned in the


Practice Makes Perfect: Basic Chinese Premium Second Edition, from McGraw-Hill (mandatory)

Online Learning

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.


World Language courses are offered three times per year:

  • September (registration opens in June)
  • January (registration opens in November)
  • April (registration opens in November)

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