Elementary Chinese I aims to help beginners develop communicative competence in the basic four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and culture of Chinese. The course curriculum is organized around the 5 Cs principles of the National Standards for Foreign Language Education for the 21st Century – Communication, Cultures, Comparisons, Connections and Communities. Elementary Chinese I covers 8 units. We recommend that students go through the units in order to take advantage of the systematic scope and sequence of the learning materials. However, the curriculum is also flexible for individuals and institutions to adopt and modify to meet their different needs, schedule and emphasis. The current course is available for low-cost use by instructor-led classes of enrolled students.
Note: the Open & Free Chinese I course includes just one sample lesson, Unit 2: Greetings.
Additional Course DetailsTopics Covered:
Foundation: pinyin and basic expressionsGreetingsNamesNationalities and languagesTalking about studiesTalking about yourself and your familyMaking phone callsDaily schedulesEstimated Time to Complete Course:This is a semester-long course, designed to take approximately 15 weeks.
Additional Software or Materials Required:Audio recording software.
Maintenance Fee (per student):$25 per student
In-Depth DescriptionElementary Chinese 1 is part of a two-sequence. The units in both courses have a consistent structure, containing the following main content and activities:
Main Content:– Objectives– Main video (+questions)– Video preview exercises– Text of the video– Text translation and pinyin with slower audio (students are strongly encouraged to listen and repeat after the sound files)– Text notes– Vocabulary tables– Video comprehension exercises
II. Listening:– Pinyin recognition exercise– True and false exercise– Translation exercise– Question answering exercise
III. Grammar:– Grammar notes– Sentence jumble exercise– Dialogue jumble exercise
IV. Reading Exercises:– Reading comprehension
V. Consolidation Exercises:– Picture description exercise
VI. Culture Link :– Culture notes– Culture info
VII Characters:– Characters in the character book (both traditional and simplified versions)