Mandarin Chinese Language Classes

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, learners will be able to maintain a more structured conversation using descriptive complements, directional complements and potential complements, ask and answer questions about renting an apartment, make the necessary arrangements to go out with friends, talk about pros and cons of living at ones current residence and make a simple comparison between how soccer and American football are played.

Liu, Y. (2009).Integrated Chinese: Textbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 2(3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 05)

Temple in Taiyuan, China; photo courtesy of Steve Will

Grammatical competence:In addition to vocabulary, the students will be exposed to the essential structure of the language necessary to advance to level 8.  Examples: the adverb , the particle , potential complements, directional complements, sentence phrase /, indicating degree with , question pronouns with /.

Prerequisite: Completion of Chinese 6 or instructors permission.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, learners will be able to maintain simple conversations in the present tense and recognize and write pinyin and some characters. Students will be able to greet each other and say good-bye, describe a family photo, introduce someone by name, nationality and professions, use numbers from 0 to 99, express dates and time, ask and provide other factual information.

Liu, Y. (2009).Integrated Chinese: Workbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 2(3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 43)

Liu, Y. (2009).Integrated Chinese: Textbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 2(3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 05)

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, learners will be able to conduct more simple structured conversations in the present, past and future tenses as well as conduct basic reading and writing tasks. Students will be able to ask about and provide basic information on personal hobbies, weekend plans, needs, likes and dislikes, and daily activities.  Students will also be able to ask about a location, request beverages as a guest, and describe a friends place.

TheChinese Novice High 2course (a.k.a.Chinese 8) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed Chinese Novice High 1 or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  The emphasis continues to be on speaking and getting comfortable with the language; however, the students will be exposed to more advanced grammar than previous courses.  Topics include travelling, giving a brief introduction to a city, checking in at the airport etc.  Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice High (ACTFL) or A2 (CEFR) ranges.

Liu, Y. (2009).Integrated Chinese: Textbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 1(3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 85)

Grammatical competence:In addition to vocabulary and phonetics, the students will be exposed to the essential structure of the language necessary to advance to level 4.  Examples: The conditional relationship (if), The modal verb (must), The Adverb , (how; how come) in questions, etc.

Liu, Y. (2009).Integrated Chinese: Workbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 1(3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui (ISBN: 08)

Mandarin Chinese, the national language of China, is spoken by approximately one-fourth of the worlds population. It is a language rich in cultural tradition. It is a member of the Sino-Tibetan language family and is quite different from the Indo-European languages. Mandarin Chinese is a tonal language. Moreover, it utilizes a script that is both ancient and revealing. Because of these differences, it offers a unique challenge to the language learner. At Washington Academy of Languages, our goal is to enable the student both to meet this challenge and to be able to communicate effectively in Chinese.

Liu, Y. (2009).Integrated Chinese: Workbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 1(3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui (ISBN: 08)

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, learners will be able to maintain an even more structured conversation with more complicated adverbs, tenses and sentence phrases. They will continue to improve their reading abilities and pronunciation. In addition, students will be able to talk about their plans for vacations, describe ones travel itinerary, checking in for a flight and luggage at the airport, express concern about someones health, remind people to move on to the next event etc.

Instruction requires a minimum of 10 hours total and a minimum of 1.5 hours per lesson.  Programs are generally scheduled on weekdays. Meeting dates and times are flexible. Instruction can be delivered at corporate sites or at our downtown office.

Liu, Y. (2009).Integrated Chinese: Workbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 2(3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 43)

Grammatical competence:In addition to vocabulary and phonetics, the students will be exposed to the essential structure of the language necessary to advance to level 5.  Examples: + verb + verb, verb + + + verb , (in addition to, also), ,/ (althoughyet), / (not the same as),  () (had better), (firstthen), (every), (soon).

TheChinese Novice Mid 2course (a.k.a.Chinese 4) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries.   It is intended for learners who have completed Chinese Novice Mid 1 or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency. The course emphasizes speaking, pronunciation, and getting comfortable with the language, but students will learn more advanced grammar than in the previous course. Topics include describing the routine of school life, speaking about the color/size of a purchase, shopping in a mall, and commenting about means of transportation, etc. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Mid (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

Any registrations received after the deadline will be charged a $25 late fee

Grammatical competence:In addition to vocabulary and phonetics, the students will be exposed to the essential structure of the language necessary to advance to level 2.  Examples: the present tense of verbs , , and the adverb + verb , , , subject and possessive pronouns and question words.

Grammatical competence:In addition to vocabulary, the students will be exposed to the essential structure of the language necessary to advance to level 7.  Examples: indicating an action in progress with , verbal phrases and Subject-Predicate phrases used as attributives, describe a duration of time, sentences with ,   construction, the preposition  ,  the expression , times of actions with .

TheChinese Novice Mid 1course (a.k.a.Chinese 3) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed Chinese Novice Low 2 or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency. The course emphasizes speaking, pronunciation, and getting comfortable with the language, but students will learn more advanced grammar than in the previous course. Topics include setting up an appointment on the phone, asking someone to return call, talking about ones experience in learning Chinese vocabulary and grammar, etc. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Mid (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

WAL can design a special language program for you or your group.  Custom classes are planned with your needs and objectives in mind. WAL has the materials and instructional staff to provide you with an outstanding experience! Choose the number of hours you want to study and the dates of your study and we will design a program just for you.

TheChinese Novice Low 2course (a.k.aChinese 2) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed Chinese Novice Low 1 or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  The course emphasizes speaking, pronunciation, and getting comfortable with the language, but students will learn more advanced grammar. Topics include talking about basic personal hobbies, asking friends out to see movie, visiting friends houses, asking for beverages as a guest, etc. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Low (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

Grammatical competence:In addition to vocabulary, phonetics, and a deeper control of adverbs and sentence phrases, the students will be exposed to question pronouns as indefinite references, comparative sentences(II), difference between the three commonly used grammar words and sentence structures like + positive adjectives, adjectives++.

Prerequisite: Completion of Chinese 1 or instructors permission.

Prerequisite: Completion of Chinese 2 or instructors permission.

Liu, Y. (2009).Integrated Chinese: Textbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 2(3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 05)

Liu, Y. (2009).Integrated Chinese: Textbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 1(3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 85)

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, learners will be able to conduct structured conversations in the present, past and future tense as well as conduct basic reading and writing tasks. Students will be able to describe their daily routine, write a simple diary entry and a brief letter with a given format.  Students will be able to describe the color, size, and price of a purchase, recognize Chinese currency, describe a traffic route, offer New Years wishes, etc.

Liu, Y. (2009).Integrated Chinese: Textbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 2(3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 05)

TheChinese Novice Mid 4course (a.k.a.Chinese 6) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed Chinese Novice Mid 3 or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency. The emphasis continues to be on speaking and getting comfortable with the language; however, the students will be exposed to more advanced grammar.  Topics include talking about dating, sports and renting an apartment.  Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Mid (ACTFL) or A2 (CEFR) ranges.

TheChinese Novice High 1course (a.k.a.Chinese 7) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed Chinese Novice Mid 4 or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency. The emphasis continues to be on speaking and getting comfortable with the language; however, the students will be exposed to more advanced grammar.  Topics include talking about dating, sports and renting an apartment.  Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice High (ACTFL) or A2 (CEFR) ranges.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, students will be able to maintain a more structured conversation using the progressive tenses.  They will suggest things to take to a get-together, offer someone a ride, and arrange a time and place to meet.  Students will be able to talk about basic symptoms of a cold/fever, describe common symptoms of allergies, and understand/repeat instructions on when and how often to take medications.

Classes above level 1 require a placement or the previous level. New students may find placement informationhere.

Prerequisite: Completion of Chinese 5 or instructors permission.

Prerequisite: Completion of Chinese 3 or instructors permission.

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TheChinese Novice Low 1course (a.k.a.Chinese 1) is a 20-hour introductory course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners with little or no experience learning Chinese. The course emphasizes speaking, pronunciation, and getting comfortable with the language, but with a good grammatical foundation. Topics including exchanging basic greetings, asking a persons last name, full name, and nationality, introducing family members, describing family members professions, inviting someone to dinner, making arrangements, etc. Cultural learning, reading and writing skills will be developed along with curriculum learning. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Low (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

Liu, Y. (2009).Integrated Chinese: Workbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 2(3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 43)

-Classes must have a minimum of 4 students to run.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, learners will be able to conduct simple structured conversation in the present, past and future tenses and conduct basic reading and writing tasks. Students will be able to make appointments with someone on the phone and initiate a phone conversation, describe their experience studying Chinese, and talk with someone about their study habits.

Communication is always key, especially in the world of business. Our experienced instructors are ready to come to your office with a tailored, industry-specific approach to language instruction. Program content is customized to meet the needs of individual companies.

Liu, Y. (2009).Integrated Chinese: Workbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 1(3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui (ISBN: 08)

-Registration deadline: July 1, 2018

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, learners will be able to maintain a more structured conversation in the present, past, and progressive tenses, express opinions, ask and answer questions about the weather conditions, make comparisons, talk about ongoing and past events, and express where and when events take place.

Prerequisite: Completion of Chinese 7 or instructors permission.

Custom Programs may be contracted in 10-hour blocks. Meetings must be a minimum of an hour and a half and meet once a week or more.Request a Custom Program here.

Grammatical competence:In addition to vocabulary, the students will be exposed to the essential structure of the language necessary to advance to level6.  Examples:   as a sentence-final particle, the modal verb , the dynamic particle , resultative complements, reduplication of adjectives and verbs, sentence patterns Adj / V + + Adj / V, + / , //, + Place + + Action  and .

TheChinese Novice Mid 3course (a.k.a.Chinese 5) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of Chinese-speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed Chinese Novice Mid 2 or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency. Students at this level will continue to focus on conversation and formal and informal situations. In particular, students will learn about chatting about the weather, eating out in a Chinese restaurant and asking and giving directions. Reading and writing skills continue to be developed along with listening /speaking skills.  Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Mid (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

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Grammatical competence:In addition to vocabulary and phonetics, the students will be exposed to the essential structure of the language necessary to advance to level 3.  Examples: the conjunction , Word order in Chinese, verbal phrases, causal relationship sentences with , adjectives as predicates, the preposition , and past and future tense , etc.

Holidays: 9/1 and 9/3 (if applicable)

Liu, Y. (2009).Integrated Chinese: Workbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 2(3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 43)

Liu, Y. (2009).Integrated Chinese: Workbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 1(3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui (ISBN: 08)

Liu, Y. (2009).Integrated Chinese: Textbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 1(3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 85)

Liu, Y. (2009).Integrated Chinese: Textbook Simplified Characters Level 1 Part 1(3rd ed.). Boston: Cheng & Tsui. (ISBN: 85)

Prerequisite: Completion of Chinese 4 or instructors permission.

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