Course icon Level Chinese courses

Level courses range from level 1 (beginner) to 9 (advanced) for non-native speakers. The main objective is to develop all language skills — speaking, listening, writing, reading and interacting — and aim to develop both fluency and accuracy.

Communication icon Communication skills training

We offer writing courses for those who work in the language including a mix of group lessons and individual tutoring sessions, and specialized courses, both cultural and professional, to develop specific skills, and many are designed either for high-level learners or native speakers of the language. Most meet for 12 weeks for 1-3 hours per week and there are shorter one-day workshops and courses that meet for only 4, 6, or 8 weeks.

Intermediate Conversation

  

Advanced Conversation

For advanced students of Mandarin who wish to maintain and build on character recognition and keep abreast of contemporary usage through reading short stories, essays and newspaper articles. Prerequisite: Level 5.

Calligraphy and Character Writing

Introduction of the unique beauty of the Chinese characters and how to write them with a pen and a brush. Calligraphy is the quintessence of Chinese culture, for in each character lies a picture of profundity, humour, melancholy, hilarity, humanity, or social phenomenon. Before the basic strokes are taught, the pictographic and philosophical concept on which the characters were created is introduced.

LPE Preparation Grammar and Writing

Prepares students who intend to take the LPE exam in grammar and writing. Prerequisite: Level 9.

LPE Preparation Reading and Listening

Prepares students who intend to take the LPE exam in listening and reading comprehension. Prerequisite: Level 9.

Refresher Class

Reinforces advanced students' knowledge of Chinese language and culture through reading authentic Chinese texts, review of vocabulary and major structures of grammar. Prerequisite: Level 9.

LPE Preparation Reading and Listening

Prepares students who intend to take the LPE exam in listening and reading comprehension. Prerequisite: Level 9.

Learning Chinese through Multimedia

Introduces Chinese culture, poems, movies, music, painting, and operas through various media. Students learn Chinese computer input and word processing, web surfing through Chinese search engines, and reading and composing Chinese emails. The topic for each session is different so that students are able to enlarge their vocabulary. Prerequisite: Level 5

Readings in Contemporary Text

For advanced students of Mandarin who wish to maintain and build on character recognition and keep abreast of contemporary usage through reading short stories, essays and newspaper articles. Prerequisite: Level 9

Composition through Typing

Teaches an alternative way to write compositions in Chinese by composing on a computer using MS Office Chinese language input system. The course is individualized so that the instructor works with each student to provide whatever help they may need in structure, paragraph development, vocabulary and grammar. Prerequisite: Level 3.

Readings in UN Documents

For advanced students who wish to enrich their readings of UN documents in Chinese, such as speeches, reports, circulars, resolutions, and UN-related news stories and commentaries. This course is offered online with each week’s lesson delivered via email, which consists of a text complete with glossaries, pinyin and necessary grammar notes, and an audio file of the text. At the end of the week, students complete an assignment to check their comprehension of the text. Prerequisite: Level 8 and a computer with MS Chinese language pack installed and Clavis Sinica or other Chinese reading-assisted software. Please contact the programme if you need assistance with the installation of the software.

UN Chinese Summer Study Programme at Nanjing University

Details on participating in the three-week summer programme this year.

 

Duration icon Duration

Classes are usually offered at lunch time in a thirteen-week term. Levels 1 and 2: 2 hours per week (120 minutes once a week) Level 3 to level 9: 3 hours per week (90 minutes 2 times a week)

Assessment icon Assessment

Final exams in the thirteenth week of the term. Students need at least 65% both in the oral and the written part to pass to next level.

Methodology icon Methodology

Communicative Approach

Resources icon Learning resources

clta-gny.org/resources/resources_t.html
www.xiaoma.info

LPE Study Guide is on the LPE page of the HR Portal

Teachers icon Chinese teachers