The Confucius Institute at Texas A&M offers Mandarin classes in conversational Chinese at varying ability levels.
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Beginner I – This class is for someone who has little to no background in Mandarin Chinese. The purpose of the class is to familiarize its students with the Chinese language and culture. By the end of the class, students should know how to pronounce all the phonetic elements in Mandarin by using the phonetic symbol system, pinyin. Additionally, the student should know simple Chinese and be able to hold a basic, elementary conversation. In beginner I, the student will also be introduced to Chinese characters or hanzi. This course covers lessons one through five in Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 1.
Beginner II – This class is for the students who have completed the Beginner I class or who have basic knowledge and competence in Chinese. This class requires its students to be able at least to speak elementary Chinese, understand and be able to read pinyin and recognize approximately 60-100 Chinese characters. The Beginner II class will continue to increase students’ ability in listening comprehension and oral communication, and expand their vocabulary and grammatical knowledge. At the conclusion of the course, students should know approximately 200 Chinese characters, and be able to express themself more clearly in conversations about daily life. This course covers lessons six through ten in Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 1.
Intermediate - The intermediate class is designed for students who have completed both the Beginner I and Beginner II classes. The student should have completed the textbook Integrated Chinese Level 1: Part 1 or be at an equivalent ability level. In the intermediate course, more attention will be given to learning Chinese characters. After completing the class, participants should be able to communicate more fluidly about daily life and be able to recognize more than 300 Chinese characters. This course covers lessons six through ten in Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 2.
Intensive class – This is a class dedicated for students who intend to reach a maximum level of proficiency in a short amount of time. These classes will meet for 8 hours each week and ability level will be decided based on demand. The beginner intensive class will cover the entire textbook Integrated Chinese Level 1: Part 1. Should the class be purposed for students with basic Chinese ability, the class will cover the entire textbook Integrated Chinese Level 1: Part 2.
Business Chinese – This course is designed for people with no prior Chinese language experience. This non-credit course helps develop the participants’ oral skills for self-expressions at an elementary level with a focus on business Chinese. Guided practices in professional conversation are led by course instructors to enhance communicative and cultural competence. Small group discussions on working with the Chinese are conducted as well. This course will also develop participants’ cultural awareness of general topics on China. The book being used for Business Chinese will be provided to you during the first class.
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