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Chinese
Offered in Washington, DC

 
The Chinese program offers language training with an emphasis on international studies. Chinese classes are offered at every level, from novice to advanced-high.
 
Our program is designed to give a significant amount of individual attention to each student and support their successful completion of language graduation requirements. The program also guides students in developing advanced Chinese language skills which they may need in pursuit of other academic and professional interests.  We welcome both students who need to prepare for the Language Proficiency Exam as well as students who are interested in Chinese language study for other reasons.

Chinese can be used to meet the language graduation requirements for an MA in either the International Policy Areas or the China Studies program. This requires passing the Language Proficiency exam in Chinese. In order to pass the Language Proficiency exams, students must obtain the following level per language skill:


Listening Speaking Reading
Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid Intermediate Mid

PhD students only need to pass the reading proficiency exam to meet their second foreign language graduation requirement.


Pre-Proficiency level

Novice Chinese
Novice Chinese is the first in a two-semester introductory course designed for students with no previous knowledge of the Chinese language. In this course students will begin to develop communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Chinese at the elementary level with an emphasis on mastering the essentials of pronunciation (using the Pinyin system of Romanization), the writing system (simplified characters) and basic grammatical patterns.  A general introduction to Chinese culture is also included.  The Chinese Odyssey multimedia courseware, Volume I is used in this course.

Novice Mid Chinese 
Novice-Mid Chinese is the second in a two-semester introductory course designed for students with one semester of Chinese language training. In this course students will continue to build communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Chinese at the elementary level with an emphasis on consolidating their knowledge of pronunciation, basic grammar rules and sentence patterns.  Students will also expand their vocabulary on topics related to everyday life.  Approximately 300 characters are learned.  The Chinese Odyssey multimedia courseware, Volume 2 is used in this course.
 
Novice High Chinese
The Novice High Chinese course is designed for students who have completed one year’s study of the Chinese language.  In this course students continue to develop their proficiency in the Chinese language in all four skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Emphasis is on the consistent use of the Chinese language in classroom activities.  Students begin building the ability to initiate, sustain, and close a conversation in a variety of real-life situations. By the end of the semester students will have command of about 500 characters.  The Chinese Odyssey multimedia courseware, volumes 2 & 3 are used in this course.
 
Intermediate Low Chinese 
The Intermediate Low Chinese course is designed to consolidate all of the skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) that students have obtained in the previous courses, as well as to introduce more complex grammatical structures and to expand vocabulary.  In this course students will develop the ability to make practical use of the language in increasingly complex real life situations, to participate in casual conversations, to understand specially prepared readings and to write short, simple messages in a colloquial, conversational style.  By the end of the semester students will have command of about 800 characters.  The Chinese Odyssey  multimedia courseware, volumes 3 & 4 are used in this course.
 
Intermediate Mid I Chinese
The Intermediate Mid I Chinese course is designed to consolidate and further expand the students’ knowledge of complex grammatical patterns ordinarily present in academic styles of writing. Students will learn the difference between written form vocabulary and spoken form vocabulary and further develop their reading ability.  Class discussion will be in Chinese as much as possible.  Chinese culture will be discussed in greater depth.  In this course students will present reports orally and/or in writing on studied topics.   By the end of the semester students will have a command of about 1500 characters.  The Chinese Odyssey multimedia courseware, volumes 4 & 5 are used in this course.
 
Intermediate Mid II Chinese
The Intermediate Mid II Chinese course is designed to develop more sophisticated communication skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.  All classroom activities are conducted in Chinese.  In this course students will develop the ability to read authentic newspaper articles, to converse easily with native speakers on everyday topics, to present prepared speeches with fluency, to write discourses, summaries, descriptions and narrations, as well as to compare and contrast Chinese and world cultures.  By the end of the semester students will have a command of about 2000 characters.  The Chinese Odyssey multimedia courseware, Volume 6 and readings from Chinese newspapers are used in this course.
 
Post-proficiency level
In addition to the, pre-proficiency courses, mentioned above, we also offer advanced, post-proficiency courses to maintain and improve students’ language skills. These courses can be tailored to the students’ individual needs and interests.

Chinese Odyssey Online
mychinesehub.com/

Xinhua News: Bilingual Zone
www.xinhuanet.com/english/bilingual/index.htm

Xinhua News (Chinese)
www.xinhuanet.com

nciku: Online Chinese/English Dictionary
www.nciku.com

MDBG Chinese/English Dictionary
www.mdbg.net

China Network Television
www.cntv.cn

Voice of American (Chinese)
www.voachinese.com

Confucius Institute Online
www.chinese.cn

CCTV Learn Chinese
http://english.cntv.cn/learnchinese/

Li-chuang Chi
Chinese Language Program Coordinator
Rome building, Room 332
+1-202-663-5760