Adult Language Classes (including middle and high school classes):

CICL 101 BEGINNING CHINESE I

Prerequisite:  None

CICL 101 is a course for people with no or little previous Chinese language proficiency.  This class will present the pinyin (Chinese phonics) system, description of Chinese characters, and preliminary Chinese culture.  It will emphasize on the communication skills that are closely related to their everyday life on five themes: greetings, names, nationalities, occupations and ages.  Students are expected to learn about 100 Chinese characters at the end of the class.

 

CICL 102 BEGINNING CHINESE II

Prerequisite: CICL 101 or equivalent

CICL 102 will continue to teach basic Chinese language skills and introduce more Chinese culture to the students.  It will help students to lay down a stronger foundation of listening, speaking, reading, and basic writing skills in Chinese.  After finishing this course, students will be able to make simple conversations about one's hobbies and daily life routines, express their needs, give others instructions by using simple sentences, and speak Chinese more fluently.  Students are expected to learn another 100 Chinese characters and be able to take HSK Level 1 at the end of the class.

 

CICL 201 INTERMEDIATE CHINESE I

Prerequisite: CICL 102 or equivalent

CICL 201 is a sequential class to CICL 102.  Language instructors will teach students more practical Chinese language skills.  The course contents cover more topics on Chinese culture.  Teaching will also focus more on speaking and listening skills related to aspects of Chinese food, clothing, traveling and accommodation.  Students will start to learn how to write some common Chinese characters, order food in a Chinese restaurant, introduce their families and occupations, make and answer phone calls, and ask for directions to places.

 

CICL 202 INTERMEDIATE CHINESE II

Prerequisite: CICL 201 or equivalent

CICL 202 is designed to help students strengthen their basic Chinese language skills, with a focus on more accurate pronunciation and correct sentences.  Students will be able to expand their conversational skills on topics such as making an appointment, talking about their plans and schedules, doing shopping, and expressing their choices and preferences.  A short supplementary introduction of Chinese culture will also be included.  At the end of the class, the students are expected to learn 150 new characters and be able to take HSK Level 2.

 

CICL 301 ADVANCED CHINESE I

Prerequisite: CICL 202 or equivalent

CICL 301 is a sequential class to CICL 02 and is designed for students who are interested in developing more sophisticated Chinese language skills.  The course presupposes a basic knowledge of Chinese pinyin, words, sentences, and grammar.  Emphasis will be placed on using Mandarin proficiently when conducting conversations with native Chinese speakers.  Upon finishing the course, students should be able to use Chinese to ask and give some directions, go shopping in Chinese stores, have conversations over the phone, read and write short notes and simple letters in Chinese.  Students will likely be required to present a speech or presentation in Chinese at the end of the course.

 

CICL 302 ADVANCED CHINESE II

Prerequisite: CICL 301 or equivalent

CICL 302 is a sequential class to CICL 301.  The instructor will review and complete lessons on basic Chinese grammar and key sentence patterns, instruct students to practice the appropriate usage of idiomatic expressions, and elevate the student’s comprehension capabilities in Chinese.  Emphasis will be placed on using Mandarin proficiently when conducting conversations with native Chinese speakers.  Upon finishing the course, the student’s communication skills in Chinese will be improved significantly and feel less challenged when conducting conversations with others in Chinese.  Students will be given time to practice phrases used in daily life such as open a bank account, visit a doctor’s office, do grocery shopping, and chat with friends at parties.  Students will likely be required to present a short speech or presentation in Chinese at the end of the course.

CICL 303 ADVANCED CHINESE III

Prerequisite: CICL 302 or equivalent

CICL 303 will review the Chinese grammars and sentence patterns learned from CICL 101 to 302, instruct students to practice the appropriate usage of idiomatic expressions in speaking and writing, and elevate the student's comprehension capabilities in Chinese.  Also, students will be guided to prepare for HSK Level 4.

Children Language Classes:

CICL 101 BEGINNING CHINESE I FOR CHILDREN

Prerequisite:  None

CICL 101 is a course for children with no or little previous Chinese language proficiency.  The class will present the pinyin (Chinese phonics) system, description of Chinese characters, and preliminary Chinese culture.  It will also teach very basic Chinese language skills that are closely related to their everyday lives such as greeting, counting, and naming of body parts.  Students are expected to learn about 50 Chinese characters at the end of the class.

 

CICL 102 BEGINNING CHINESE II FOR CHILDREN

Prerequisite:  CICL 101 or equivalent

This class will help students to learn more basic Chinese characters and communication skills in Chinese language.  Besides learning in listening, speaking and reading, writing Chinese characters will be emphasized in this class.  Upon finishing this class, students will be able to carry out simple conversations in Chinese about their family members, body parts, food, items in rooms and schoolbag, and write some simple Chinese characters.  Students are expected to learn about 80 new characters and be able to take YCT Level 1 at the end of the class.

 

CICL 201 INTERMEDIATE CHINESE I FOR CHILDREN

Prerequisite:  CICL 102 or equivalent

This course is designed to help students to learn Chinese at an intermediate level by introducing more Chinese characters and encouraging proper and accurate pronunciations of words during class in order to reinforce the previously learned knowledge.  Course contents include introducing vocabulary on nationalities and cities, time and date, occupations, animals and nature, colors and clothing and more.  This class continues to focus on conversational Chinese.  Students are expected to learn 150 new characters and be able to take YCT Level 2 or HSK Level 1 at the end of the class.

 

CICL 202 INTERMEDIATE CHINESE II FOR CHILDREN

Prerequisite:  CICL 201 or equivalent

This course is designed to help students to learn Chinese at an intermedate level by introducing more Chinese characters and encouraging proper and accurate sentence patterns during class on the basis of the previously learned knowledge.  Course contents include introducing vocabulary on occupations, animals and nature, colors and clothing and more.  Besides conversational Chinese, this course will also focus on character writing.  Students are expected to learn 120 new characters and be able to take YCT Level 2 or 3 and HSK Level 1 or 2 at the end of the class.

 

CICL 301 ADVANCE CHINESE I FOR CHILDREN

Prerequisite:  CICL 202 or equivalent

CICL 301 is a sequential class to CICL 202.  Students are instructed to improve their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Chinese at a higher level.  Students will be guided and encouraged to use Ping Ying and a Chinese dictionary to read more Chinese characters and children’s books.  Upon finishing this class, students will be more confident in communicating with others in Chinese.  Conversational Chinese will still be focused on daily life circumstances.

 

CICL 302 ADVANCED CHINESE II FOR CHILDREN

Prerequisite:  CICL 301 or equivalent

CICL 302 is a sequential class to CICL 301.  Students are instructed to achieve higher levels of capabilities in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Chinese.  Additional commonly used Chinese characters and phrases will be introduced to students to expand their vocabulary.  After this class, students will be able to conduct conversations related to their daily life circumstances in a wider range.

 

CICL 303 ADVANCED CHINESE III FOR CHILDREN

Prerequisite:  CICL 302 or equivalent
CICL 303 is a sequential class to CICL 302.  Students are instructed to continue to achieve at higher levels of capabilities in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Chinese with more emphasis on speaking and reading.  Additional commonly used Chinese characters and phrases will be taught in the classroom and required to be memorized by students after each lesson.  Students are also expected to recite some of their lesson contents, read more selected Chinese books at home and write several simple compositions as well as using words and phrases learned in the classroom.

 

CICL 304 ADVANCED CHINESE IV FOR CHILDREN

Prerequisite:  CICL 303 or equivalent
CICL 304 is a sequential class to CICL 302. Students will be instructed to continue to achieve accuracy, fluency and overall communication at advanced levels, resulting in the improvement of both linguistic knowledge and performance with more emphasis on reading and writing.  Students will learn how to write Chinese characters systematically, and will be guided to read selected articles from websites or books in Chinese after class and share their ideas in class.  Additionally, more Chinese characters, phrases and grammar of HSK Level 3 will be taught with the aim to prepare the students for HSK 3 or higher levels.

 

CICL 801 CHINESE POEMS & COMPOSITION I FOR CHILDREN

Prerequisite:  CICL 303 or equivalent

CICL 801 is a course offered to students who have built up their Chinese language skills at more advanced levels through past studies, with the aim to teach basic skills in appreciation of children's poetry and writing simple compositions.  Students are encouraged to write short essays about their daily life experiences with the aid of a Chinese dictionary and under the guidance of a teacher.  Students are required to recite some simple and popular children's poems learned in class.  Students are also expected to be able to take HSK Level 3 or 4 at the end of the class.

CICL 802 CHINESE POEMS & COMPOSITION II FOR CHILDREN

Prerequisite: CICL 801 or equivalent

CICL 802 is a sequential class to CICL 801.  Students will be instructed to build up more sophisticated Chinese language skills, particularly in reading, understanding, and writing some short Chinese poems and articles at their age appropriate levels.  Students will memorize some commonly used words and characters selected from Chinese character corpus in order to prepare them for taking the Chinese Proficiency Test in the future.  At the end of this semester, students, will be able to use words, characters, and grammar points learned during classes to write some short articles, to recite and appreciate approximately four Chinese classical poems, and to master 100 more new Chinese characters.

CICL 803 CHINESE POEMS & COMPOSITION III FOR CHILDREN

Prerequisite: CICL 802 or equivalent

CICL 803 is a sequential class to CICL 802. Students will be instructed to continue building up more sophisticated Chinese language skills, particularly in understanding some short Chinese poems and articles at their age appropriate levels, and writing short compositions themselves under the teacher’s guidance.  At the end of this semester, students will be able to use words, characters, and grammar points learned to write simple descriptive articles to recite approximately three new Chinese classical poems, and to master 60 more new Chinese characters sufficient for taking the Chinese Proficiency Test at the Level 4.

CICL 804 CHINESE POEMS & COMPOSITION IV FOR CHILDREN

Prerequisite: CICL 803 or equivalent

CICL 804 is a sequential class to CICL 803. Having established certain Chinese language skills, students will be introduced to more Chinese poetry genres such as Tang poems, Song poems and Yuan verse.  Under teacher’s guidance, students’ writing skills will also be widened, from simple descriptive writing to narrative Chinese writing and common practical Chinese writing. This class also encourages students to build Chinese vocabulary by reading Chinese literature works selected in accordance with student’s cognition levels.  At the end of this semester, students will be able to recite approximately five new classical poems, and master about 100 characters to prepare students to take appropriate levels of Chinese Proficiency Test.

CICL 805 CHINESE POEMS & COMPOSITION V FOR CHILDREN

Prerequisite: CICL 804 or equivalent

CICL 805 is a sequential class to CICL 804.  Having had certain understanding about Chinese poems, students will learn more Chinese poems and verses, including Tang poems, Song poems and Yuan verse.  Students will continue to develop their writing skills with a focus on argumentative writing.  This class continues to encourage students to build Chinese vocabulary by reading more Chinese literature works especially modern Chinese literature which are selected in accordance with student's cognition levels.  Students will be able to recite and understand eight new poems, master about 100 new characters, and are expected to take HSK Level 5 or 6 at the end of the class.

 

Chinese Culture Classes:  Open to children and adults:

CICC 101 CHINESE CULTURE I

Prerequisite:  None

CICC 101 offers an exciting glimpse into Chinese culture, history, and society.  This course does not require any prior knowledge of Chinese and is open for anyone who is interested in expanding their knowledge of Chinese culture, history, and heritage.  The course offers an introduction of traditional Chinese culture, history, customs, virtues, arts, music, holidays, and food.  Students are encouraged to do hands-on activities during classes such as how to write Chinese, make dumplings, and sing Chinese folk songs.

***CICC 101 not offered in the spring 2014 classes***

CICC 102 CHINESE CULTURE II

Prerequisite:  CICC 101

CICC 102 is a sequential course of CICC 101 with broader and deeper coverage on Chinese culture, history, and society.  Students are encouraged to do hands-on activities during classes, such as how to write Chinese and learn about Chinese calligraphy, make Chinese dumplings or food, and sing Chinese folk songs.

***CICC 102 not offered in the Spring 2014 classes***

 

Children Music Classes:

CICM 101 CHINESE FOLK SONGS FOR CHILDREN (Ages 5-9)

Prerequisite:  Children who can communicate in the Chinese language.  Prior music training is not required.

CICM 101 is an introductory class of Chinese folk songs to children, ages 5-9.  The instructor will give lessons on how to build basic vocal skills and learn 5-10 popular Chinese children’s songs.

 

CICM 202 CHINESE FOLK SONGS FOR CHILDREN (Ages 9-14)

Prerequisite:  Children who can communicate in the Chinese language.  Prior music training is helpful but not required.

CICM 202 is a vocal music class for children, ages 9-14.  Students will be given more vocal lessons based on their previous training.  Students will be able to sing additional popular children’s songs in Chinese after finishing this class.

CICM 303 CHINESE FOLK DANCE FOR CHILDREN (AGES 6-9)

Prerequisite: None

CICM 303 is an introductory class of Chinese folk dance for children ages 5-9.  The instructor is Miss Yuchen (Lancy) Fan, a visiting teacher with 12 years of dance experience from Xi'an Jiaotong University-City College in China.  Students will learn basic movements of Chinese folk dance through watching the instructor's demonstrations and video plays.  Most students will be able to perform a simple program of Chinese children's folk dance at the end of the semester.  A recital will be given by the students for their families and friends during the last day of class.

CICM 404 CHINESE FOLK DANCE FOR CHILDREN (AGES 10 & ABOVE)

Prerequisite: None

CICM 404 is an introductory class of Chinese folk dance to children, ages 10 & above.  The instructor is Miss Yuchen (Lancy) Fan, a visiting teacher with 12 years of dance experience from Xi'an Jiaotong University-City College in China.  Students will learn basic movements of Chinese folk dance through watching the instructor's demonstrations and video plays.  Most students will be able to perform one or two popular programs of Chinese folk dance at the end of the semester.  A recital will be given by the students for their families and friends during the last day of class.

 

Chinese Calligraphy & Painting Classes:

 

CICC 111 BEGINNING CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY AND PAINTING FOR ADULTS (AGE 15 AND ABOVE)

Prerequisite:  None

This class will mainly focus on Chinese calligraphy.  An introduction on tools used in Chinese calligraphy and the developing history of Chinese calligraphy will be given at the beginning of the class.  Students will practice Chinese calligraphy in selected styles, such as regular script and clerical script.  A few lessons on how to enjoy some famous Chinese artworks will also be given.

 

CICC 112 BEGINNING CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY AND PAINTING FOR CHILDREN (AGES 5-9)

Prerequisite:  None

A brief introduction on the history of Chinese calligraphy and painting will be given at the beginning of the class.  Students will be taught to use Miaohong method to learn basic strokes of Chinese characters, a basic skill of learning Chinese calligraphy.  Students will also learn some basic Chinese painting skills and use these skills to make some simple children’s color paintings.

 

CICC 113 BEGINNING CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY AND PAINTING FOR CHILDREN (AGES 9-14)

Prerequisite:  Children who have completed CICL 101 or with some prior training

A deeper introduction on the history of Chinese calligraphy and painting will be given at the beginning of the class.  Students will continue to practice Miaohong method in order to be able to write more complicated Chinese characters.  Upon finishing this class, students will be able to master some basic Chinese traditional painting skills and make some Chinese water color paintings.


**Descriptions updated November 2013**