Description of Courses for Adults

Description of Courses for Adults

Standard Chinese 1A (for zero beginners)
This is a one-quarter course for zero beginners who want to learn standard Chinese. Students begin with essential survival Chinese, immediately applicable to daily life. By the end of the course, students will acquire a vocabulary of approximately 80-100 words, and will be able to put together basic sentences on topics such as weather, food, transportation and shopping. 
Textbook: Standard Course HSK 1

Standard Chinese 1B (for beginners)
This is a four-quarter course for beginners who want to learn standard Chinese. It is designed to help students develop basic skills in Chinese listening, speaking, reading and writing. By the end of the course, students will acquire a vocabulary of approximately 300 words. Students completing this course will be able to pass HSK 2, and can advance to Standard Chinese 2 (for lower intermediate learners). 
Textbooks: Standard Course HSK 1 & 2

Standard Chinese 2 (for lower intermediate learners)
This is a four-quarter course for beginners who have finished Standard Chinese 1 or have the equivalent level. It is designed to help students improve skills in Chinese listening, speaking, reading and writing. By the end of the course, students will acquire a vocabulary of approximately 600 words. Students completing this course will be able to pass HSK 3, and can advance to Standard Chinese 3 (for intermediate learners). 
Textbook: Standard Course HSK 3 

Standard Chinese 3 (for intermediate learners)
This is a four-quarter course for intermediate learners who have finished Standard Chinese 2 or have reached the equivalent level. It is designed to help students improve skills in Chinese listening, speaking, reading and writing. By the end of the course, students will acquire a vocabulary of approximately 1200 words and 200 language points. Students completing this course will be able to pass HSK4, and can advance to Standard Chinese 4 (for upper intermediate learners). 
Textbooks: Standard Course HSK 4A & 4B

Standard Chinese 4 (for upper intermediate learners)
This is a four-quarter course for intermediate learners who have completed Standard Chinese 3 or have reached the equivalent level. It is designed to help students upgrade their level from intermediate to advanced in Chinese listening, speaking, reading and writing. By the end of the course, students will acquire a vocabulary of approximately 2500 words. Students completing this course will be able to pass HSK5, and can advance to Standard Chinese 5 (for advanced learners). 
Textbooks: Standard Course HSK 5A & 5B

Standard Chinese 5 (for advanced learners)
This is a four-quarter course for advanced learners who have completed Standard Chinese 4 or have reached the equivalent level. By the end of the course, students will acquire a vocabulary of over 5000 words. Students completing this course will be able to pass HSK6 and communicate on a variety of topics. 
Textbooks: Standard Course HSK 6A & 6B

Business Chinese 1
This course is designed for beginners who wish to learn common Chinese business phrases and use Chinese in business settings. Students will learn basic Chinese business vocabulary and sentence patterns for business communications. It covers basic Chinese business etiquette, business culture and manners.
Textbook: Gateway to Business Chinese Daily Communication

Business Chinese 2
This course is designed for those who have completed Business Chinese 1 or possess an equivalent level of knowledge and skills. Students will learn more Chinese business vocabulary and sentence patterns and will improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in a business context.
Textbook: New Silk Road Business Chinese

New Practical Chinese 1 (for beginners)
This course is designed for students with little or no background in Chinese to gain a basic knowledge of standard Chinese. It will help students to gain an understanding of Chinese pinyin with an emphasis on listening and speaking.

New Practical Chinese 2 (for intermediate learners)
This course is designed for learners who completed New Practical Chinese (for beginners). The goal of this course is to help learners improve their overall communicative competence in reading, writing and translating in modern Chinese.

New Practical Chinese 3 (for advanced learners)
This course is designed for learners who completed New Practical Chinese (for intermediate learners). The goal of this course is to help learners improve their overall communicative competence with an emphasis on writing.

Chinese Society through TV Shows (for advanced learners)
This course is designed for students who have reached the intermediate or advanced level. With an aim of enhancing reading and writing skills, the course focuses on Chinese web-based news, television shows and films. The students will also practice writing and English-Chinese translation.

Vision China
This course is designed for advanced learners who have reached the upper intermediate level of Chinese and who are able to speak Chinese in daily use. Students will watch popular modern or classic audio-visual clips (including TV series, movies and short videos) to understand China from the perspectives of people with different background (e.g. Chinese citizens, international students in China and overseas Chinese). Students will learn the latest buzzwords, phrases and sentence patterns. The materials will focus on both social issues and individual stories. At the end of the course, students will be encouraged to conduct street interviews on topics of their own interests in Chinese.

Chinese Folktales (for intermediate learners)
This is a story-telling/reading course designed for learners who have reached Standard Chinese 1B and have mastered 500 to 600 Chinese words. It selects classic romantic or allegorical Chinese folktales as reading materials, and students are welcome to make comparison or critical comments on the stories in class. By the end of the course, students will reach a higher level of reading and speaking in Chinese and understand the Chinese culture more profoundly.

This is China: Chinese Symbols and Tourist Attractions (for intermediate and advanced learners)
This course is designed for students who have an interest in Chinese culture, and plan to travel in China. It is comprised of two parts: Chinese symbols and tourist attractions. Learning such cultural symbols as giant pandas, Chinese dragons and the Great Wall, students will develop a clearer picture of China.  Tourist Attractions will take students to beautiful sceneries in different provinces like Mountain Tai (Shandong), the Three Gorges (Chongqing and Hubei), and Classical Gardens of Suzhou (Jiangsu). By the end of the course, students will be able to understand China’s cultural and natural heritage with greater profundity.
Textbook: Meet China: This is China

Elementary Tourism Chinese (for zero beginners)
This course is a basic spoken Chinese course, designed for learners who plan to travel in China, especially on their own. Students will learn basic words and expressions for traveling in China, and learn how to solve communication difficulties. This course content includes conversational Chinese (e.g. greetings, thanks, requests, inquiries and others) and situational Chinese (Chinese used in different situations such as airport, hotel, dining and shopping).

Tourism Chinese (for intermediate learners)
This course is designed for those who have learned Chinese for more than one year and acquired the basic ability in listening and speaking Chinese. Its main objective is to introduce students to the general knowledge about travel and tourism in China. Students will learn tourism and travel-related expressions and sentence patterns. They will also learn how to deal with language problems and culture shocks encountered during the trip. 

Chinese Food Culture (for beginners)
By introducing the history, characteristics and concepts of Chinese food, this course leads the students to the beautiful world of Chinese food, enriches their knowledge in the relationship between Chinese food culture and national culture, and above all, deepens their understanding of traditional Chinese culture as a whole.
 

English-Chinese Translation
This course introduces students to principles and strategies of English-Chinese translation with an emphasis on idiomatic production of Chinese texts. It is designed to help students with an intermediate level of writing proficiency in Chinese to gain translation skills that can serve them in life as well as in work. The students will work on a variety of translation exercises every week, including words/phrases, idioms, commercial advertisements, newspaper articles and other texts.
 

Erhu Performance
This course is designed for students who are interested in music and Chinese culture(Aged above 6). Students will learn the basic playing skills of Erhu, a traditional Chinese stringed instrument with a history of more than one thousand years. Students will learn to play modern and classic music, both Chinese and Western. At the end of the source, they will be invited to present a public performance. The course plan can be tailored to meet the needs of students of different levels. The students need to prepare their own instruments.(45 minutes every meeting)

Erhu Music of Modern Times
This course is designed for students who are interested in folk music and willing to know more about music appreciation theories and practice. As the most representative stringed instrument in Chinese music history, Erhu has rich repertoire and performance skills. The lecturer will give live performance or play audio-video clips to help the students know more about the history, playing skills and methods, and classics of Erhu and folk music of China.

Traditional Chinese Instruments
This course introduces students to the four major types of traditional Chinese music instruments (i.e. stringed instruments, plucked instruments, wind instruments and percussion instruments) by giving live performance or playing audio-video music clips. The instructor will explain the similarities and differences between the representative Chinese and Western instruments in terms of form, tone and playing techniques. By the end of the course, students will be able to recognize different traditional Chinese instruments and appreciate traditional Chinese folk music.

Chinese Folk Song Singing
This course is designed for students who are interested in singing (zero beginners are welcome; aged above 6). The students will learn the vocal and breathing methods of folk song singing and the Chinese language with the help of the lyrics in the meanwhile. By the end of the course, students will be able to sing four or five Chinese folk songs, and have a better understanding of Chinese folk music.(45 minutes every meeting)

Chinese Folk Dancing
This course is designed for students of all levels (aged above 6) who are interested in music and dancing. Students will learn different folk dances (square dancing included) and experience the similarities and differences of dancing styles of different regions in China. By the end of the course, students will be able to perform simple Chinese folk dances. More importantly, students will improve their physical conditions, body flexibility and suppleness.

Appreciation of Traditional Chinese Music
This course is designed for students who are interested in traditional Chinese music. It focuses on the appreciation of folk songs, folk singing/dancing music and narrative singing. It introduces the students to the major artistic achievements and cultural backgrounds of traditional Chinese music in various historical periods and stages, and to important musical figures and representative musical works in its history. In so doing, students will develop a better understanding of the aesthetics and characteristics of traditional Chinese music. By the end of the course, students will be able to improve their musical perception and aesthetic ability, and understand and embrace the diversity of Chinese music culture.

The ABC of Piano Playing 
This is a one-on-one course for zero beginners of all ages. The course will include minuet and nursery music, and other genres of popular and classic music. By the end of the course, students will be able to read staves, acquire basic knowledge of piano, and play simple music with piano. This course can be personally tailored.(45 minutes every meeting)

Clarinet Performance
This is a one-on-one course for students of all ages with or without background of clarinet. For zero beginners, by the end of the course, the students will be able to read the staves, appreciate and play simple clarinet music. For amateur players of Clarinet, this course will improve their performance skills through intensive training. This course can be personally tailored. The students need to prepare their own instruments.

Practice and Appreciation of Chinese Chorus Songs
This course is designed for students of all levels, with or without chorus experience. It is designed to help students improve skills in singing and chorus. Students will appreciate Chinese chorus and a cappella pieces, and experience the beauty of Chinese songs and singing in harmony. It will be divided, if the number of students is large enough, into Children's Chorus Class(aged 8-14), Mixed Chorus Class(aged 14-50) and Senior’s Chorus Class(aged above 50 ). A minimum of four students (two females and two males preferred) are required. Students with outstanding achievements will be invited to give public performances.

Basic Theories of Music
This course is designed to help students acquire basic knowledge of Chinese and Western music theories. By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of basic music theories, be able to apply them to the analysis of harmony, tone, beat, emotion and speed, and more importantly, appreciate daily-life music better.

Chinese Chess 
This course is designed for learners of all levels who have an interest in Chinese chess, a traditional and widely popular board game. The students will learn the essential rules and strategies for playing chess. They will also learn to read and write the Chinese characters on each chess piece. By the end of the course, they will have a better understanding of Chinese military tactics and life philosophy hidden in the rules and strategies of the game. 

Chinese Calligraphy and Painting 
This course is designed for learners who have an interest in Chinese calligraphy and brush painting. The students will learn different styles, basic strokes and techniques of Chinese calligraphy. Closely related to Chinese calligraphy, brush painting covers techniques of how to hold the brush and how to demonstrate a particular subject matter, which at the same time will improve learners’ understanding of the concepts and philosophies behind Chinese brush painting.  

Chamber Music Ensemble  
This is a course designed for students who are interested in music and are able to play an instrument of any kind. The instructor is a professional player of erhu (a two-stringed Chinese music instrument). The lecturer and students, using erhu and different instruments, will work closely to do music improvisation and rehearsal in chamber.