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Chinese for Elementary School Students, Intermediate, Part III

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, Intermediate, 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)

Course Code: CHL5

Course Description


This course is a continuation of Chinese for Elementary School Students, Intermediate, Part II. Students continue to reinforce listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Lesson topics include school life, leisure life, asking directions, and getting to school. In this level, students are required to write almost exclusively in character. Writing and grammar are emphasized with the focus being on the student's ability to form descriptive sentences.

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 ET and PT). 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

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.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

Lesson 1: 我的课业 My Studies

  • What subject do you have?
  • I hate math
  • How did you do on the test?

Lesson 2: 学校生活 School Life

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

Lesson 3: 怎么走 How to get to...

  • Do you walk to school?
  • Where do you live?
  • How do I get there?

Lesson 4: 休闲生活 Leisure Life

  • What’s good on TV?
  • Two movie tickets
  • Busy weekends

Lesson 5: 复习(一)Review

  • Letter to a friend
  • Letter to a relative
  • A little note
  • Language functions

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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!”