Summer 2018 Classes

Classes for Adults (18+)

May 14th – August 3rd

Chinese I

Wednesdays: 7pm – 8pm

Course Description: This Chinese course is designed for beginners and features practical communication and daily Chinese. The course uses subject-based teaching, with each lesson taught being centered on 2-3 topics and accompanied by the practice of communicative skills. After completing this course, students are expected to master 150 Chinese characters and understand the elementary language elements (pronunciation, Chinese characters, vocabulary, grammar), as well as broaden their understanding of certain cultural details. After completing this course students will be able to have basic oral conversations regarding their daily lives in Chinese, and will be able to use their Chinese in simple social situations. After completing this course, students should be able to pass the HSK 1 examination.

Chinese II

Thursdays: 7pm – 8pm

Course Description: This course is designed for learners who have learned some basic Chinese and to help them gain a rudimentary understanding of daily conversational Chinese. This course contains up to 15 specially selected topics including – “Visiting”, “Ordering food “Traveling”, etc. This course will not only meet the learners’ basic needs for daily life in China but will also provide valuable insight into Chinese culture and a deeper understanding of Chinese characters. This class will cover at least 300 characters and will prepare students to pass the HSK 2 test.

Chinese III

Wednesdays: 6pm – 7pm

Course Description: This course builds on language skills developed in Chinese 1 and 2. The course will review basic grammar and key sentence patterns of Chinese. At the same time, we will carry out topic discussions and focus on practical communication skills and help students improve their spoken Chinese. Situational discussions will cover Chinese customs, culture, and hotly debated issues. Communicative practice will allow students to learn more complicated and complex sentence patterns so that they can communicate with Chinese in specific situations. Chinese reading and writing ability will be also be improved in this class. Finally, students are expected to be able to pass the HSK 3 by enlarging their vocabulary to 600 Chinese characters and expanding their Chinese reading abilities.

Business Chinese I

Mondays: 7pm – 8pm

Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of business Chinese. This course consists of up to 15 specially selected topics including, “money matters”, “asking the way”, “making appointments and visiting”, “business negotiations”, etc. This course will not only equip the learner with the tools needed for survival in Chinese business but will also provide valuable information for their overseas business demands.

Travel Chinese I

Thursdays: 6pm – 7pm

Course Description: This course is designed for those who are planning to travel in China. It starts from boarding the plane, going all along with hotel, shopping, restaurant, traffic, sightseeing, going back home, etc. Learners are supposed to master the useful expressions in China. It includes everyday phrases, situational conversations, and commonly-used vocabulary, progressing step by step.

CICSU Youth Summer Courses

Language Courses (Fee Based)

Chinese for Young Learners-Beginning (K-5)

Saturday     9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., April 21-June 23 (10 Weeks)

Course Description: This class opens the door to Chinese language and culture through a variety of activities, such as basic everyday conversation, folk songs, handicrafts and games. Students will gain basic skills in greetings and self-introduction, and learn Pinyin– the Mandarin phonetic system, pronunciation and Chinese characters. Ten classes, one class per week.