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Standard and Intensive

There are 2 types of Chinese language programs available at Beijing Language and Culture University: Standard or Intensive.

PROGRAM

HOURS

HOURS PER DAY

Standard

Monday - Friday (20hrs/week)

4

Intensive

Monday - Friday (30hrs/week)

6

Proficiency Levels

Total Beginner (Level 0) 

Prerequisite:

  • Total beginner or with little background in Mandarin Chinese and Chinese phonetics with knowledge of less than 300 Chinese characters
  • Unable to communicate on simple and basic everyday topics in Chinese

Course Aims:

  • Provide solid foundational learning, focusing on teaching Chinese phonetics by incorporating tone exercises to ensure that students learn correct Chinese pronunciation and intonation
  • Introduce the basics of Chinese grammar and simple sentence structures
  • Teach necessary vocabulary and survival Chinese for students to conduct simple dialogue exchanges for basic daily life requirements and needs
  • Help students to begin developing Chinese listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills with the use of pinyin and Chinese characters
  • After completion of the course, students should be able to engage in basic and simple conversations; recognize over 400 Chinese characters/expressions; and be ready to progress into the Beginner level.

Beginner (Level A)  

Prerequisite:

  • Understand the basics of Chinese phonetics
  • Can communicate by using simple and basic sentences
  • Know fewer than 800 Chinese characters/expressions

Course Aims:

  • Provide more foundational learning to help students improve advanced Chinese pronunciation and sound recognition by focusing on use of proper phonetics and intonation with accuracy
  • Help students improve and further develop their listening, speaking, reading, writing, and vocabulary usage skills
  • Assist students to broaden their vocabulary and formulate various consolidated ideas and thoughts in Chinese for daily communication under a wide range of topics
  • Teach students to master the basics of Chinese grammar, while introducing the usage of slightly more complicated sentence structures
  • After completion of the course, students should be able to engage in everyday conversations; recognize over 800 Chinese characters/expressions; and be ready to progress into the Elementary level.

Elementary (Level B)  

 Prerequisite

  • Know more than 800 Chinese characters/expressions
  • Have a grasp of basic Chinese grammar and sentence structures
  • Can engage in simple everyday conversations using complete sentences

Course Aims

  • Help students express and communicate oneself in Chinese with fluency and correct pronunciation
  • Help students learn more complex Chinese grammar and major sentence structures in a systematic and intuitive manner
  • Assist students in comprehending short stories that focus on improving grammar while introducing practical and more advanced vocabulary concerning a number of topics related to culture, history, and society
  • Teach students how to direct a conversation in varied situations according to their thoughts using words in their proper context
  • Further help students develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills to enable better expression of student¨s opinions and ideas in a rational and logical manner.
  • After completion of the course, students should be able to engage in daily everyday topics with a bit of sophistication; recognize over 1500 Chinese characters/expressions; and be ready to progress into the Intermediate level.

Intermediate (Level C)  

Prerequisite

  • Know more than 1,500 Chinese characters/expressions
  • Have a grasp of Elementary Chinese grammar and sentence structures
  • Can engage in daily everyday topics and express oneself

Course Aims

  • Establish a finer and more extensive vocabulary background with the aim of enabling participants to functionally express themselves in broad and specific contexts with people from different backgrounds
  • Focus on reading and writing compositions, as well as understanding more complex grammar and sentence structures by learning rhetorical expressions which would enable students the ability to express themselves eloquently in an effective and persuasive manner
  • Help students to become increasingly fluent by doing paraphrasing exercises to retell stories or articles while inciting students to engage in lively debates
  • Introduce more practical situational texts to provide a greater awareness of Chinese culture and society, as well as the use of more sophisticated Chinese idioms
  • After completion of the course, students should be able to gain a deeper understanding of the Chinese culture, converse on a wide variety of topics in practical and situational context; express themselves in an articulate manner using more complicated sentence structures; recognize over 2500 Chinese characters/expressions; and be ready to progress into the Advanced level.

Advanced (Level D) 

Prerequisite

  • Know more than 2,500 Chinese characters/expressions, including idioms
  • Have a grasp of Intermediate to Advanced Chinese grammar and sentence structures
  • Have the ability to engage in practical situational context and express themselves using complicated sentence structures

Course Aims

  • Teach students higher-level subject matters related to politics, economy, literature, and society, as well as to have in-depth debates and detailed discussions.
  • Class work includes reading newspapers, watching films and documentaries, and listening to news broadcasts enabling students to grasp the meaning of more sophisticated Chinese messages and information while building up higher vocabulary required for intellectual conversations
  • Assist students to use advanced Chinese in order to express their opinions and insights with precision, vividness, and richness in a very logical and comprehensive manner
  • Teach students how to write formal business letters and correspondences
  • After completion of the course, students should be able to discuss general and specialized topics, raise complex questions, and express their opinions clearly; recognize over 3500 Chinese characters/expressions; and be ready to progress into the Proficient level.

Proficient (Level E)  

Prerequisite

  • Know more than 3,500 Chinese characters/expressions
  • Be able to read and comprehend newspapers, periodicals and understand radio broadcasts and television programs
  • Express oneself systematically using appropriate expressions and language norms.

Course Aims

  • Help students to become literary scholar with sophisticated knowledge and understand classical Chinese literature and Chinese philosophy;
  • Assist students to gain further proficiency in understanding and expressing in-depth, intellectual comments on news reports, television, and radio broadcasts
  • Provide a practice forum for students to discuss and debate on contemporary issues
  • Teach students how to express themselves in a highly academic level, tackling the most complicated and complex sentence structures while being able to summarize and analyze all kinds of Chinese literature
  • Assist students to gain an even better understanding of Chinese linguistic concepts and theories in order to understand modern Chinese language
  • After completion of course, students would be at a highly proficient Chinese level with the ability to discuss and debate on complex issues; recognize over 5000 Chinese characters/expressions; and have a complete and thorough knowledge of the Chinese language.

Classwork

Classwork focuses on developing oral expression, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, writing, and grammar. Up-to-date materials are used to introduce modern day China, its social and economic life, culture, history, and literature. General aims of the classes are as follows:

Oral Expression Classes: focus on developing participants' oral expression and pronunciation skills.

Listening Comprehension Classes: focus on developing participants' listening comprehension skills and the ability to understand the language when spoken at a normal speed.

Reading Comprehension Classes: help developing your reading speed and comprehension ability of Chinese articles while building your vocabularies.

Writing Classes: focus on the fundamentals of the radical system, bushou, composition of characters and stroke orders.

Grammar Classes: focus on the fundamentals of Chinese grammar, sentence structures, expressions, and phonetics.



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