Students have to take the Initial Assessment and Placement Test before course enrollment.
A trained bilingual native speaker will conduct a quick administrative assessment of your Mandarin Chinese proficiency to effectively determine which course and level would best meet your learning needs followed by a more professional initial assessment of your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills administered by an experienced multilingual on-line educator. After determining your Chinese proficiency and personal study preferences, a custom study plan will be created to reach your desired Mandarin Chinese proficiency level in a timely manner.
The first part of this course provides foreign language learners with the knowledge to pronounce Mandarin Chinese with native or near-native accuracy by focusing on sounds, syllables, words, phrases, intonation, rhythm, and stress. Students learn advanced Chinese pronunciation rules which up to this point, are generally not taught in traditional foreign language classrooms. You will identify the vowel and consonant sounds that cause you the most difficulty in being understood by native speakers and practice to improve production of all Mandarin Chinese sounds, even those conveniently hidden by the pinyin system, under the guidance of the instructor. Given the proficiency needs of the student, transcription and production of sounds, International Phonetic Alphabet, the anatomy and physiology of speech, speech acoustics, and phonological rules compose the first portion of this dynamic learning experience.
The second section of this course focuses on core skills necessary for everyday Chinese use, you will develop a thorough understanding of the grammatical elements of Mandarin Chinese ranging from basics to a mastery of grammar concepts, providing you with confidence in the target language as I or a native Chinese speaking teacher trained in Mandarin assist you in building your fluency level in Mandarin Chinese. Students analyze real-life written and spoken Chinese in order to develop a profound understanding of the Mandarin Chinese grammar system. Short writing assignments are an important part of the class, allowing students to demonstrate that they can understand and effectively apply grammatical meaning distinctions. Chinese improvement is 100% guaranteed.
The remainder of the course focuses on listening and speaking skills, emphasizing the acquisition of a practical vocabulary and active use of the Mandarin Chinese for communication in a real world environment. Students learn to improve note-taking skills and practice conversational strategies important to succeeding in a Chinese-speaking environment. You will develop fluency in informal conversation by working on skills such as expressing an opinion, agreeing and disagreeing appropriately, story telling, and maintaining conversational rhythm. Students listen to segments from television, radio, and movies while engaging in classroom discussion, projects and informal presentations.
Both live instruction in a virtual classroom and supplementary interactive language lessons will facilitate vocabulary development. Thematic lessons geared towards specific contexts and situations will ensure that you are able to not only survive in a full immersion environment but also thrive as your Mandarin Chinese proficiency dramatically improves. This course stresses communication between both students and teacher in the target language as the medium of communication.