Open to: Grades 2 - 6
Prerequisites: Qualifying verbal or math score, and successful completion of Chinese for Elementary School Students, Intermediate, Part III or placement test
Course Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines.
Course Length: 12 weeks (Fall, Winter, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Course Code: CHL6
This course is a continuation of Chinese for Elementary School Students, Intermediate, Part III for students who want to continue to reinforce listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. This course is the last one in the intermediate level for elementary school students. Students become familiar with the characters and vocabulary so that pinyin is gradually omitted in the textbook. Conversation topics are based on daily life. Lesson topics include describing similarities and differences, traveling, going to the doctor, and birthday celebration. The course keeps a fun and interactive approach with course materials, and the teacher may incorporate materials in addition to the textbook. Online courses are held twice per week, and separate conversational sessions with instructor and teaching assistant are arranged with each student.
Students interact with the instructors and other students using Internet-based software. Course materials include a textbook and a workbook purchased separately by the student.
Biweekly interactive virtual online sessions are held in the evenings (both EST and PST). Separate conversation sessions between each student and the instructor or teaching assistant are arranged individually.
Students will need a headset with microphone. In addition, a textbook and workbook must be purchased for this course:
Ni Hao, Volume 3 Textbook with Software Download, 3rd Edition (Simplified) by Shumang Fredlein, Paul Fredlein
Ni Hao, Volume 3 Workbook, 3rd Edition (Simplified) by Paul Fredlein
Although a Chinese-English dictionary is not required, it may be useful as a personal reference for the duration of this course.
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.
Most course lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but in some cases assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.
"My son is really enjoying the course. He's been trying to teach his sister, my wife, and me Chinese words and phrases. Yesterday, he was telling all of us how to have entire conversations. I'm impressed by how much he's learned over a short period of time and plan for him to continue studying Chinese through Johns Hopkins. He also likes the interaction with the instructor and the other students over the computer."
"At breakfast this morning, my daughter was using Chinese to tell me about banks and banking, this week's lesson. She got very excited at the realization that she was for the first time thinking in Chinese, not English. It was just for an instant, but nevertheless a happy development. Thank you for helping my child learn so much."
“I enjoy the course very much. The individual attention during class makes it a very enjoyable hour, and the friendliness and relaxed atmosphere make class something to look forward to each week. I can’t wait to continue with the next level!”