Confucius Institute at The University of Toledo

Chinese Courses

Chinese Culture is designed for students who are interested in Chinese way of thinking and behaviors, and who will potentially pursue China-related career or studies. Through a systematic discussion of Chinese values, habit of thoughts, and patterns of behaviors, this course aims to help students build a professional and effective understanding of Chinese people’s living experiences. Two paralleled questions serve as the guideline of the course construction:

a. What are the Dos and Don’ts while interacting with Chinese people?

b. What are the key Mandarin vocabulary and phrases for basic communication with Chinese people?

These two questions are most-concerned by western people, especially Americans. Therefore the special topics are themed lectures centering on these two questions, focus on familiarizing students with Chinese culture at both linguistic and practical levels. For more details, please contact Professor Zheng.

Zhanguo Zheng

office: (419)-530-8580

Email: Zhanguo.Zheng@UToledo.Edu

  

 

Class A: Basic Chinese 1 (Click here to Sign up)

For Beginners, August 24 - November 10, Mondays 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Instructor: Ziying Wang

Course Plan: The basic Chinese class has 12 classes each semester, once per week, every Mon5:00-6:30pm,from the second week of every semester.

Goal of this course: After learning for 12 classes you will know 150 Chinese characters, understand a simple dialogue through listening, have a simple conversation with Chinese, read the text including 80 Chinese words and write 50 Chinese characters.

Course Materials:

Integrated Chinese Level 1, Part 1 Textbook, 3rd edition, Cheng & Tsui

Content of the Course:

Topic: Basic Pronunciation Rules

  • Lesson 1 Pinyin
  • Lesson 2 Pinyin

Topic: Time

  • Lesson 7 Dialogue: Taking Someone out to Eat on His/Her Birthday
  • Lesson 8 Dialogue: Inviting Someone to Dinner

Topic: Greetings

  • Lesson 3 Dialogue: Exchanging Greetings
  • Lesson 4 Dialogue: Asking about Someone’s Nationality

Topic: Hobbies

  • Lesson 9 Dialogue: Talking about Hobbies
  • Lesson 10 Dialogue: Would you like to play ball?

Topic: Family

  • Lesson 5 Dialogue: Looking at a Family Photo
  • Lesson 6 Dialogue: Asking about Someone’s Family

Topic: Visiting Friends

  • Lesson 11 Dialogue: Visiting a Friend’s Home
  • Lesson 12 Narrative: At a Friend’s House  

Class B: Basic Chinese  2  (Click Here To Sign Up)

For who have learned Chinese for half an year or completed the Class A

August 25 - November 11, Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Instructor: Ziying Wang

Course Plan: The Intermediate class has 12 classes each semester.  Once per week, every Tuesday 5:00-6:30pm, from the second week of every semester.

Goal of this Course:  After a semester of learning you can identify 120 Chinese characters and master more than 200 words, read 150-word text including different literary forms like dialogue, letter and email, write 100 Chinese characters and communicate with other people in Chinese about daily life.

Course Materials:

Integrated Chinese Level 1, Part 1 Textbook, 3rd edition, Cheng & Tsui

Content of the Course:

Topic: Making Appointments

  • Lesson 1 Dialogue: Calling One’s Teacher
  • Lesson 2 Dialogue: Calling a Friend for Help

Topic: Shopping

  • Lesson 7 Dialogue: Shopping for Clothes
  • Lesson 8 Dialogue: Exchanging Shoes

Topic: Studying Chinese

  • Lesson 3 Dialogue: How Did You Do on the Exam?
  • Lesson 4 Dialogue: Preparing for a Chinese Class

Topic: Transportation

  • Lesson 9 Dialogue: Going Home for the Winter Vacation
  • Lesson 10 An Email: Thanking someone for a Ride

Topic: School Life

  • Lesson 5 A Diary: A Typical school Day
  • Lesson 6 A Letter: Talking about Studying Chinese
 

Course C: Intermediate Chinese  1  (Click Here To Sign Up)

For who have learned Chinese for one year or completed Class B

August 24 - November 10, Mondays 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Instructor: Xinai Sun

Course Plan:The Intermediate class has 12 classes each semester, once per week, every Monday 5:00-6:30pm, from the second week of every semester.

Goal of this course: After a semester of learning you can identify 450 Chinese characters and master more than 600 words. You will develop advanced competence in using spoken Mandarin in a wide-variety of experiences and also can write simple sentences to express your opinions.

Course Materials:

Integrated Chinese Level 1, Part 2 Textbook, 3rd edition, Cheng & Tsui

Content of the Course:

Topic one: talking about the weather

  • Dialogue Ⅰ Tomorrow’s Weather Will Be Even Better
  • Dialogue Ⅱ The Weather Here Is Awful

Topic four: birthday party

  • Dialogue Ⅰ Let’s Go to a Party
  • Dialogue Ⅱ Attending a Birthday Party

Topic two: dining

  • Dialogue Ⅰ Dining Out
  • Dialogue Ⅱ Eating in a Cafeteria

Topic five: seeing a doctor

  • Dialogue Ⅰ My Stomachache Is Killing Me
  • Dialogue Ⅱ Allergies

Topic three:asking directions

  • Dialogue Ⅰ Where Are You Off To?
  • Dialogue Ⅱ Going to Chinatown
 

Course D: Intermediate Chinese  2  (Click Here To Sign Up)

For who have learned Chinese for one and half years or more

August 25 - November 11, Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Instructor: Xinai Sun

Course Plan:The Intermediate class has 12 classes each semester, once per week, every Tuesday 5:00-6:30pm, from the second week of every semester.

Goal of this course: After a semester of learning you can identify 800 Chinese characters and master more than 1000 words. You will develop advanced competence in using spoken Mandarin in a wide-variety of experiences. The learners' Chinese level will be equivalent to or higher than hsk3 level.

Course Materials:

Integrated Chinese Level 1, Part 2 Textbook, 3rd edition, Cheng & Tsui

Content of the Course:

Topic one: Dating

  • Dialogue Ⅰ Seeing a Movie
  • Dialogue Ⅱ Turning Down an Invitation

Topic four: Travel

  • Dialogue Ⅰ Traveling to Beijing
  • Dialogue Ⅱ Planning an Itinerary

Topic two: Renting an Apartment

  • Narrative: Finding a Better Place
  • Dialogue: Calling about an Apartment for Rent

Topic five: At the Airport

  • Dialogue Ⅰ Checking In at the Airport
  • Dialogue Ⅱ Arriving in Beijing

Topic three:Sport

  • Dialogue Ⅰ My Gut Keeps Getting Bigger and Bigger
  • Dialogue Ⅱ Watching American Football
 

Class schedule and questions please contact:

  • Professor Xinai Sun
  • office: (419)-530-7750
  • Email: Xinai.Sun@UToledo.Edu

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Last Updated: 8/23/20