Adult Course

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Welcome to Elementary Chinese and Culture I

Course Description

This course is an elementary Chinese course with a focus on daily life expression and cultural practices.  The course is open to students with no previous background in Chinese language.

 

Course Content

1. Students will learn Chinese phonetic system (Hanyu Pinyin)

2. Students will learn commonly used words which related with each pronunciation

3. Students will learn the basic grammar, phrases and sentences.

4. Students will learn to listen and speak basic spoken Chinese and be able to communicate with a certain range of common situations in Chinese.

5. Students will increase their vocabulary and sentence abilities through Chinese songs

6. Students will learn the basic writing of Chinese characters and their meanings

7. Students will learn numbers and dates.

8. Students will have “Chinese Only” parties

9. Students will share their Chinese experiences in class

10. Students will use what they have learned to create shows and plays

11. Chinese language and culture will be introduced through variety of extra activities, such as: dance, songs, games, role-play, videos, crafts, plays and group projects.

 

Medium of Instruction

The course will be taught bilingually in both English and Chinese, and will gradually increase the use of Chinese expression in class later.  Chinese culture will be introduced in English.  The Chinese related materials will be posted on website for students to view and practice.


Books

• Lin’s Chinese Mandarin – Level 1 – for Adults – Pronunciation & Words; (come with download audio files); ISBN: 978-1-63048-056-1

• Lin’s Chinese Mandarin – Level 1 – for Adults – Workbook, (come with download video files); ISBN: 978-1-63048-057-8

 

Class Plan:

Class 1

1. Introduction to course

2. Compare the Western expressions and Chinese expressions in verbal

and nonverbal language

3. Pronunciation & Words: Lesson 1 –

4. Song: 頭、肩膀、膝、腳、趾

5. Culture: Story of Chinese New Year

6. Conversation: Words, phrases and sentences for class settings

Homework:

 

Class 2

Learn:

1. Pronunciation & Words: Lesson 2 –

2. Songs & Rhymes: 朋友在哪裡?

3. Sentences: Study the lyrics

4. Culture: Customs of Chinese New Year: What to say and what to do?

5. Conversation: Words, phrases and sentences for class settings

 

Review:

1. Pronunciation and Words: Lesson 1

2. Song: 頭、肩膀、膝、腳、趾

3. Culture: Chinese New Year

4. Conversation: Words, phrases and sentences for class settings

Homework:

 

Suggested videos:

Zodiac Animals

Story of the Chinese Zodiac – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw0adpGLIdk

The 12 Animal Zodiac – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cy60UlqPhM

Chinese Zodiac Movie – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCwG_oP0aEI

Animal Signs of the Chinese Zodiac – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxh347n7DvQ

 

New Year 1/1 (lunar calendar)

Chinese New Year – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EUsmbqnuw8

Chinese New Year Parade 2013 San Francisco – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRBWKCnMpv0

Chinese New Year Drum Performance 2013 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a_V-FKyfuc

11 Foods to Eat or Avoid When Celebrating the New Year – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BngIPzBlthA

 

Lantern Festival 1/15 (lunar calendar)

Lantern Festival – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsX_N1TkN8U

Chinese Lantern Festival – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6mFCQwARuo

 

Qingming Festival 4/5 (lunar calendar)

Qingming Festival – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gfpF4620-w

Qingming Festival – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTeoWgKc9b4

Qing Ming Festival – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_cy6qhRkJg

 

Dragon Boat Festival 5/5 (lunar calendar)

The Dragon Boat festival – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1WQ90F4HlI

Dragon Boat Festival – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYtZ6KX-IkM

Dragon Boat Festival – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXc_PuG5Thg

 

Qixi Festival 7/7 (lunar calendar)

Qixi Festival – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrXx-6cacG4

Qixi Festival – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXi-Xd1vXBQ

 

ZhongYuan Festival 7/15 (lunar calendar)

Taiwan Ghost Month – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sAmOPI7FgY

 

Mid-Autumn Festival 8/15 (lunar calendar)

Chinese Moon Festival – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrbPiYOjy_s

Mid-Autumn Festival – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndknxk4v4QY

Mid-Autumn Festival – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyZAWq5Qnxc

 

Chongyang festival 9/9 (lunar calendar)

Chongyang festival – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzpyfhB2Lgg

Chongyang festival – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKEnpMmkXOY

 

Traditional Clothing

Chinese HanFu – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCFKRQ1rQrM

Traditional Chinese Clothing – Han Couture – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISjt8PyzqqA

Tang Dynasty-Chinese traditional clothing – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSDrVq05xHc

 

Stories of China

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