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Chinese Language, Basic, Part III (NCAA Approved)

Open to: Grades 7 - 12

Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Chinese Language, Basic, Part II or placement test

Course Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

Course Length: 12 weeks (Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)

Recommended School Credit: One-half academic year

Course Code: CH13

Course Description


Chinese Language, Basic, Part III is a continuation of Chinese Language, Basic, Part II. Students continue to reinforce listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Our emphasis in this course is on conversation skills. By the end of the three Chinese Language Basic courses, students will be able to manage most colloquial expressions and will be on the right track to speak Chinese accurately and fluently. By the end of this Chinese Language, Basic, Part III course, the student will be able to perform the following rubrics:

  • Listening and speaking skills. Students should become more comfortable with Chinese customs and will be able to communicate about daily tasks with Chinese people.
  • Writing skills. Students should be able to recognize and write most of the Chinese characters and the pinyin mastered.
  • Reading skills. Students should be able to read short story books.
  • Grammar skills. Students will develop basic grammar and sentence structure skills.

Lesson topics include:

  • Birthday celebration
  • Describing locations of different rooms in a house
  • Making phone calls
  • Go for an interview
  • Preparing final exams

Chinese culture and famous idiom stories related to lessons topics are also introduced.

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 ET and PT). 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.

This course has synchronous virtual class meetings and students will also schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor and teaching assistant. View the schedule for class meeting times. Meetings will be recorded for students who are unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts.

Virtual classrooms, and student activities in the classroom, may be recorded and added to the course as an ongoing asset for all class students to review. Students may be invited to interact in CTY community spaces that include students and instructors and potentially specially invited guests that are not enrolled in their course. Videos from YouTube or other web providers may be present in the course. Video recommendations or links provided at end of videos are generated by the video host provider and are not CTY recommendations. Student contributions (e.g., projects, forum posts, etc.) may remain in the course after the student completes the course. These artifacts may be preserved to showcase student work or to continue important conversations.

Materials Needed

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

Chinese Odyssey, Volume 2 Combined Textbook (Traditional and Simplified)Innovative Chinese Courseware by Xueying Wang, Li-chuang Chi, Liping Feng

Chinese Odyssey, Volume 2 Combined Workbook (Traditional and Simplified) Innovative Chinese Courseware by Xueying Wang, Li-chuang Chi, Liping Feng

Students will also need a headset with microphone.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

Lesson 16 - Happy Birthday!

  • Read a Chinese calendar.
  • Plan a birthday party for a friend.
  • Ask someone’s age in a culturally appropriate way.

Lesson 17 - A house tour

  • Show someone around the house.
  • Tell the location of each room.
  • Make comments about the rooms you see.

Lesson 18 - The telephone’s ringing

  • Make and receive phone calls.
  • Make appointments over the phone.

Lesson 19 - Pick me and here’s why

  • Practice your interview skills.
  • Talk about what skills you have.
  • Discuss your future plans.

Lesson 20 - It’s finals week!

  • Ask someone to study for an exam with you.
  • Discuss your plans to review lessons.
  • Share your academic interests or career aspirations with someone.

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.

Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom which can be used for instructor-student communication if the student has any questions about the course or curriculum. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch any recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.

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.

This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.

While Chromebook can be used to progress through the course, all exams must be completed on a PC or Mac.



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!”