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Chinese Readers' Series: Intermediate

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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 I, Chinese Language, Basic, Part III, or 1 year 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: CRI1

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 intermediate 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:

The Monkey King and Havoc in Heaven by Carol Chen. Publisher: Beijing Language & Culture University Press

  • ISBN-10: 7561933312
  • ISBN-13: 978-7561933312

Monkey King: Journey to the West by Carol Chen. Publisher: Beijing Language and Culture University Press

  • ISBN-10: 7561932979
  • ISBN-13: 978-7561932971

The Monkey King and Princess Iron Fan by Carol Chen. Publisher: Beijing Language & Culture University Press

  • ISBN-10: 7561933142
  • ISBN-13: 978-7561933145

The Monkey King and the Golden Bell Demon by Carol Chen. Publisher: Beijing Language & Culture University Press

  • ISBN-10: 7561933304
  • ISBN-13: 978-7561933305

The Monkey King and the White Bone Demon by Carol Chen. Publisher: Beijing Language & Culture University Press

  • ISBN-10: 7561933134
  • ISBN-13: 978-7561933138

Monkey King book 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

The Monkey King and Havoc in Heaven 美猴王之大闹天宫
The Monkey King rebels against the Jade Emperor of heaven.

Week 2

The Monkey King and Journey to the West  美猴王 之西游记
The monk Xuangzang and his disciples, escorted by the Monkey King, travel over the Himalayas to India to take back the Buddhist scriptures.

Week 3

The Monkey King and Princess of Iron 美猴王之铁扇公主
A master and his three disciples journey to the western heaven and find themselves at the foot of the fiery mountains. To cross the mountains they need a special plantain fan, and the Monkey King must persuade Princess Iron Fan to lend it to them. Will he succeed?

Week 4

The Monkey King and the White Bone Demon 美猴王之三打白骨精
The White Bone Demon desires to eat the flesh of Xuanzang. The demon disguises herself as a village girl and offers him and his disciples poisonous fruits. Will the Monkey King save them and defeat the demon?

Week 5

The Monkey King and the Golden Bell Demon 美猴王之大战金铃怪
The Monkey King learns that the queen has been kidnapped by a demon. The Monkey King must rescue the queen and save the kingdom.

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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