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Chinese Readers' Series: Advanced

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Open to: Grades 2-12

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

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Chinese for Elementary Students, Intermediate, Part IV, Chinese Language, Intermediate, Part II, or 1.5 years of Chinese

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

Course Length: 5 weeks (Fall Intersession, Spring Intersession, Summer Intersession)

Course Code: CRA1

Course Description


This short, engaging course will open a world of adventure, fun, and entertainment for students studying the Chinese language. Each lively story has an interesting plot that will encourage students to fully understand the story and learn useful Chinese phrases and idioms. The course is designed to enhance reading comprehension skills for advanced Chinese readers. Students will practice and improve the four language skills (reading, listening, writing and speaking), which are all a part of the world language requirements to succeed in the use of Chinese at all levels.

Students will attend online lectures once a week via Zoom The lectures are one-hour long and will be held in the evenings. Lectures are meant for students to better learn and to retain the new vocabulary, reading, and cultural material associated with each reading, and to also provide students with the opportunity to virtually interact with their instructor and/or peers. There will be two separate lectures for students in grades 2-6 and students in grades 7-12.

This course has synchronous virtual class meetings and students may also schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor to answer questions or concerns. 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 Required

Students will need a headset with microphone. In addition, students will need the following materials:

CRA1 Storybook covers

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

Week 1

Hua Mulan 花木兰
The story of the heroine Hua Mulan, who took her father’s place in the army as a soldier to protect her father and defend her country.

Week 2

Chang’e’s Ascent to the Moon 嫦娥奔月
The story of how Chang’e’ became an immortal and travelled to the moon, thus leading to the origin of moon festival.

Week 3

Niulang and Zhinu 牛朗织女
A story of two lovers, Nuilang and Zhinu, and how they were sadly separated in the skies by the Milky Way. This story also tells the origin of the Chinese Valentine’s Day.

Week 4

The Magic Lotus Lamp 宝莲灯
This is a story about a boy named Chen Xiange who must battle his uncle to win the freedom of his mother.

Week 5

The Tale of the White Serpent 白蛇传
A story of two lovers: Xu Xian, a mortal man, and a white serpent, Bai Suzhen. Despite the hardships they faced, their love allowed them to be a happy family in the end.

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.



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“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!”

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