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Chinese Language, Intermediate, Part I (NCAA Approved)

Open to: Grades 7 - 12

Prerequisites: Qualifying verbal or math score, and successful completion of Chinese Language, Basic, 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)

Recommended School Credit: One-half academic year

Course Code: CH21

Course Description


Intermediate Chinese will be the starting point of this college-level course that is ideal for study abroad preparation as well as test preparation (SAT II Subject Test Chinese with Listening and AP Chinese Language and Culture). At this level, Chinese characters are used in conjunction with Pinyin only in the vocabulary list used throughout the book. More complicated grammar and interactive practice situations help students learn to communicate in everyday life. Each lesson includes a dialogue with colloquial expressions, new vocabulary list and sentences, clear and detailed explanation of grammatical sentence structures, ample exercises, and cultural materials.

Lessons topics include:

  • Entertaining guests
  • Applying a visa
  • Seeing someone off
  • At the airport
  • Getting a physical exam

Students are required to write almost exclusively in characters.

Online courses are held twice per week. 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.

Interactive virtual online sessions are held in the evenings (both EST and PST). A school's need to hold daytime sessions for its students will be honored whenever possible.

Separate conversation sessions between each student and the instructor or teaching assistant are arranged individually.

Materials Needed

A textbook and a workbook must be purchased for this course:

Chinese Odyssey, Vols. 3 & 4 Textbook (Simplified) Innovative Chinese Courseware by Xueying Wang, Li-chuang Chi, Liping Feng

Chinese Odyssey, Vols. 3 & 4, Workbook (Simplified) by Xueying Wang, Li-chuang Chi, Liping Feng

Students will also need a headset with microphone.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

Lesson 1 – Come Eat with Us!

Lesson 2 – How Do I Get a Visa?

Lesson 3 – Seeing Someone Off

Lesson 4 – We Made It!

Lesson 5 – Getting a Physical Examination

Technical Requirements

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 appStudents 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.



CTY Online Programs World Languages - Comments and Feedback from Students, Parents, and Teachers



"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!”