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Chinese for Elementary School Students, Intermediate, Part I

Open to: Grades 2 - 6

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

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Chinese for Elementary School Students, Basic, Part II or placement test

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

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

Course Code: CHL3

Course Description


Chinese for Elementary School Students, Intermediate, Part I is for young students who want to hone their Chinese speaking and listening skills, as well as continue increasing their reading and writing abilities and grammar skills. Students become familiar with Chinese characters and vocabulary so that pinyin is gradually omitted in the textbook during intermediate level classes. Lesson topics based on daily life include birthdays, daily routine, clothes, and location of different items. The course keeps a fun and interactive approach with course materials, thus encouraging young students' positive attitudes towards language learning. The Chinese culture related to the topic is integrated into each lesson and reading materials. The main focus is on recognizing main characters without pinyin.

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 workbook must be purchased for this course:

Ni Hao, Volume 2 Textbook, 3rd Edition (Simplified) by Shumang Fredlein, Paul Fredlein

Ni Hao, Volume 2 Workbook, 3rd Edition (Simplified) by Shumang Fredlein, Paul Fredlein

Students will also need a headset with microphone.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

Lesson 1 - 我的生日 My birthday!

  • What is the date?
  • What day is it?
  • Today is my birthday.

Lesson 2 – 我的一天 My day

  • What are you doing?
  • What time is it?
  • A daily routine

Lesson 3 –  在哪儿 Where

  • Where are they?
  • House plan
  • Xiaoming’s Sunday
  • Where is my mobile phone?

Lesson 4 – 我的衣服 My clothes

  • What are they wearing?
  • How do they fit?
  • What clothes are there?
  • What should I wear?

Lesson 5 – 复习(一)Revision I

  • A profile
  • Language functions

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.


CTY Online Programs World Language - 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!”