Mandarin Chinese Language School: Culture, Courses & Classes - Boston Language Institute
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Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture Course

Mandarin Language and Culture Level 1

Upon completion of this course, students can expect to converse in simple sentences as well as to read and write basic words. This course emphasizes oral expression and phonetics. Four tones and pronunciation will be practiced repeatedly. The Pin-Yin spelling system will be introduced and drills will help students master the correct intonation. Topics include: greetings, identifications, names and nationalities. (New Practical Chinese Reader Vol. 1, Lessons 1-6)

Mandarin Language and Culture Level 2

After completing Level 2, students should be able to converse with greater ease about topics including sports, meeting people, family members, etc. Chinese characters including strokes, stroke order and radicals will be introduced. Students will practice on character writing and character recognition. (New Practical Chinese Reader Vol. 1, Lessons 6-8)

Mandarin Language and Culture Level 3

Upon completion of this course, students can expect to read text based on the recognition of characters. They will comprehend more complex sentences. Students will make dialogues on the topics including age, shopping, etc. Grammar learned in this level includes: verb + object; tag questions, prepositional phrases, etc. (New Practical Chinese Reader Vol. 1, Lessons 9-10)

Mandarin Language and Culture Level 4

In the advanced level, students will be given more time to make daily conversation based on the text. The students will be able to talk about learning Chinese, seeing a doctor, making appointments, etc. Grammar includes: measure words, to have, expressions of desire and necessity, adverbial modifiers, etc. (New Practical Chinese Reader Vol. 1, Lessons 11-12)

Mandarin Language and Culture Level 5

Advanced course requires that the students have more solid basic vocabulary to make sentences in order to converse in daily life. The students will learn vocabulary including Christmas, New Year, holidays, etc. Grammar includes adjectives "many, much" and "few, little". Students will learn how to make apologies and send regards, etc. (New Practical Chinese Reader Vol. 1, Lessons 13-14)

Conversational Mandarin

This program is designed to further increase the conversational ability of students proficient in levels 1-5 above. Conducted entirely in Mandarin, this course provides students with an opportunity to markedly improve their speaking and listening skills. Magazines, video and audio tapes, and other resources designed to provide practical opportunities for vocabulary and skill development are selected to match student interests. Grammatical topics are addressed as needed.

Text

Since communication in a foreign language requires an understanding of the cultural context, our aim is to teach you the living language through carefully selected textbooks, newspaper and magazine articles and other relevant materials, rather than have you repeat and memorize tourist phrases.

Over the past thirty years, we have reviewed many university-level Mandarin textbooks and have selected New Practical Chinese Reader (Beijing University Press) as the one that best fulfill the objectives of our students. Teachers provide suggestions for texts and supplementary materials at the higher levels. Books may be purchased at the Barnes and Noble Boston University Bookstore, 660 Beacon Street, Boston or on-line on Amazon.com.

Tuition

Tuition for the Mandarin program at all levels is $379. There is a non-refundable $35 registration fee for first-time students only.

In addition to our core program, we offer immersion programs which cover levels 1 to 5 of our core program in 6 weeks (4 weeks in summer). Tuition for the immersion program is $1,895.

Schedule

Since classes are limited to 12 students, we encourage you to register early. A Program Coordinator will be happy to take registration information by phone (617-262-3500 x241), fax or e-mail.

Class Schedules

Program

Day(s)

Time

Level 1

Mondays and Wednesdays

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Level 1

Tuesdays

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Level 1

Saturdays

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Level 2

Tuesdays and Thursdays

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Level 2

Thursdays

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Level 2

Saturdays

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Level 3

Mondays

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Level 3

Saturdays

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Level 4

Wednesdays

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Level 5

Mondays

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Conversation

Thursdays

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm


Immersion Schedules

Program

Day(s)

Time

Levels 1-5

M/Tu/W/Th/F

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Levels 1-5

M/Tu/W/Th/F

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Summer Class Schedules

Program

Day(s)

Time

Level 1

Mondays and Wednesdays

9:30 am to 11:45 am

Level 1

Mondays and Wednesdays

6:00 pm to 8:15 pm

Level 1

Saturdays

9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Level 2

Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:00 pm to 8:15 pm

Level 2

Saturdays

12:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Level 3

Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:00 pm to 8:15 pm

Level 3

Saturdays

9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Level 4

Mondays and Wednesdays

6:00 pm to 8:15 pm

Level 5

Mondays and Wednesdays

6:00 pm to 8:15 pm

Conversation

Fridays

1:00 pm to 5:30 pm

 

Summer Immersion Schedule

Program

Day(s)

Time

Levels 1-5

M/Tu/W/Th/F

9:00 am to 1:30 pm

 

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