Each level takes 60 Hours to complete and is divided into two parts.
Part I = 30 Hours, Part II = 30 Hours
Beginning (I, II)
This level is for students with no prior experience learning Mandarin. The focus of the course is to give students the building blocks they need to learn functional Mandarin. Through conversations and texts in the Beginning I and II courses, students learn pronunciation, basic grammar and vocabulary. Students will cover topics such as Greetings, Chinese holidays and Asking for directions. You can expect to learn more than 600 characters by the end of this course. The Beginning I and II courses will give students the confidence and skills they need to hold basic conversations useful for everyday life.
Core (I, II)
The Core I and II courses strengthen your Chinese language foundation and build vocabulary. The courses cover topics related to Chinese culture, sociology, history and politics. You can expect to learn more than 1200 characters by the end of this course.
The Core I and II courses will equip students with the cultural knowledge and language skills to engage in interesting conversations and students will be able to write short essays.
Intermediate (I, II)
The Intermediate I and II courses are for learners who are comfortable speaking and writing Mandarin Chinese and are looking to further attain fluency in the language. The courses incorporate many aspects of Chinese literature, such as the origins of Chinese proverbs and idioms. Graduates of the Intermediate I and II courses will be able to write analytical essays in both concrete and abstract topics and can confidently engage in intellectual conversations with a degree of fluency.
Advanced (I, II)
Learners at this level can spontaneously express complex thoughts and can understand virtually everything seen and heard. The Advanced I and II courses will train you to read and analyze famous Chinese literary works and newspaper articles. Upon completion of this final course, you will be able to hold intellectual discussions, fluently and precisely with Chinese native speakers and compose complex written works.