Course Structure of Intensive Mandarin Program

Course Aims

  • Acquire essential words and fundamental sentence structures
  • Understand strokes and learn 70 most frequently used Chinese characters and their combinations
  • Build up initial Chinese language abilities in listening, speaking, reading and writing

Course Description

Intensive Mandarin is a beginner’s integrated learning program, designed for non-Chinese speakers with no Chinese background to have a quick start in learning Mandarin. This program helps students rapidly build up their abilities in terms of four basic language skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing.

The core lessons include the content of two courses, Mandarin Express Intro Level A and Chinese Reading and Writing 1, which re-enforce each other and bring out instant learning result. 

Mandarin Express core lessons focus on listening and speaking, teaching students the uniqueness of Mandarin pronunciations and helping them develop conversational abilities around ten fundamental topics. Adequate listening exercises are provided for students to train their listening skills. 

Chinese Reading and Writing core lessons focus on reading and writing, introducing 70 most frequently used Chinese characters and teaching students how to read and write short Chinese texts with these 70 characters. Sufficient writing exercises are provided for extensive training of Chinese reading and writing skills. 

Following the core lessons, a brief supplementary section is arranged with various class activities of cultural interests. 

This is a 4-week half-day program, and will leave students sufficient time for revision and rest.

Course Duration

  • 50 class hours at 2.5 hours per day
  • 4 weeks from Monday to Friday

Evaluation of Progress

Students are assessed based on their performance of interacting with the teacher and others during class activists and their writing in clear and comprehensible Chinese. 

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