Adult Chinese Language Classes

Summer 2024 Registration is Now Open!
Classes start on July 15, 2024!
 
Register by June 10 to receive $30 discount off tuition!

China Institute’s immersive group classes, led by experienced language teachers, offer a wide range of Chinese language courses at every proficiency level, from beginner to advanced. Our feature courses include but are not limited to Chinese literature, Classical Chinese, and Chinese philosophy, among many others.

This Summer, China Institute will provide both IN-PERSON and ONLINE learning options. In-person classes will be offered at CI and online classes will be via Zoom. Watch a clip of our online class.

Please note:

  • Textbooks are not included in the tuition fee.
  • We run small-sized classes. Registration will be closed when a class is full.
  • Class schedules are subject to change. A class will be canceled if registration is low.

Contact us today for any questions regarding classes! 

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Classes Start the Week of July 15, 2024

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Chinese Pronunciation Correction Workshop

People expect that the main challenges involved in learning Chinese are things like characters, vocabulary, reading and writing, but they forget about the challenges presented by mispronunciation. This workshop is designed to help Chinese learners who already have at least an intermediate level of Chinese to break poor pronunciation habits and eventually master the correct pronunciation and tones of Mandarin Chinese. This workshop will not only provide a review of the Chinese sound system, but it will also help the students to overcome the difficulties and pitfalls faced by most English speakers, such as the four tones, the initials “zh/ch/sh” v.s. “j/q/x”, the initial “r”, tone-sandhi, and the final “u” v.s. “ü”, etc. Through a variety of fun class activities including group practice, games, and pronunciation drills, such as similar sound comparisons and mixed recognition exercises, this workshop aims to also help students recognize the ‘mistakes’ they commonly make and understand what they are doing ‘wrong’, compared to what they ‘should’ be doing. Throughout the course, students will receive continual and immediate feedback in class and, at the end, will be on their way towards speaking with clear and correct pronunciation and tones.

NO textbook is required to purchase for this class. Materials will be provided in class.

Wednesday, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
July 17 – August 14
5 sessions (5 hours)
$150 member / $190 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)
Maximum Number of Students: 6

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Class Full
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Fei Xue
Level 101
Beginner

This course is designed for absolute beginners with little or no knowledge of Chinese Mandarin. This class will introduce the phonics of Chinese Mandarin, sounds and tones, using the pinyin Romanization system. Upon completion, students will be expected to establish a solid foundation in Chinese pronunciation (initials, vowels and most importantly, the tones). In addition, students will easily master about 80 basic Chinese characters, most of which are very commonly used to construct other characters. Students are also expected to be able to conduct short daily conversations, including greetings, expressing gratitude, and introducing oneself and others, etc.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success: Threshold.

[Online Class] Monday & Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
July 15 – August 14
[In-Person Class] Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
July 15 – August 14

10 sessions (20 hours)
$485 member / $525 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

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Monday & Wednesday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Rency Qu
Class Full
Monday & Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Shouwen Pan
Level 102
Beginner

This class will continue to build on the pronunciation and tones taught in Beginning Chinese 101. In addition, this course will cover the topics of making acquaintances, describing oneself, making appointments, discussing everyday situations, asking various types of questions, making suggestions or comments, etc.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success: Lower Elementary, Vol.1. (Lessons 1-6)

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 1.

Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
July 16 – August 15
10 sessions (20 hours)
$485 member / $525 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

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Tuesday & Thursday
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Level 103
Beginner

This class will continue to introduce new vocabulary and sentence patterns. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to communicate about daily necessities, including shopping, making a purchase, and going to the bank, among many others.

The textbook required for this course is Road to Success: Lower Elementary, Vol.1 (Lessons 7-12).

*Upon completion of this level, students may be eligible to take the HSK 2.

Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
July 16 – August 15
10 sessions (20 hours)
$485 member / $525 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

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Tuesday & Thursday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Heritage Chinese Beginner II
Beginner

Following Heritage Chinese Beginner I, this course is designed specifically for heritage Chinese students who possess speaking skills but limited reading and writing skills in Chinese. More complex and functional vocabulary words, sentence patterns and systemic review of grammar will be practiced through reading texts on various cultural topics. Writing is also an important part of the training in this class.

The textbook required for this course is Contemporary Chinese for Heritage Learners: An Introductory Text, Simplified Character Version, 2nd Edition, L9 – 14.

Monday & Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
July 15 – August 14
10 sessions (20 hours)
$485 member / $525 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

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Class Cancelled
Monday & Wednesday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Maisy Zhang
Elementary Conversational Chinese I
Beginner

This conversational course provides optimal opportunities for students to acquire better speaking skills in Chinese with an emphasis on natural, colloquial usage of the language. It is designed for students who have completed higher beginner classes (Levels 103 & 104) in our Chinese classes or at an equivalent proficiency level but wish to advance their conversation skills. This class is highly conversational, interactive, and communicative.

NO textbook is required to purchase for this class. Materials will be provided in class.

Monday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
July 15 – August 12
5 sessions (10 hours)
$250 member / $290 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

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Monday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Lan Yang
Elementary Conversational Chinese II
Beginner

This conversational course provides optimal opportunities for students to acquire better speaking skills in Chinese with an emphasis on natural, colloquial usage of the language. It is designed for students who have completed higher beginner classes (Levels 105 &106) in our Chinese classes or at an equivalent proficiency level but wish to advance their conversation skills. This class is highly conversational, interactive, and communicative.

NO textbook is required to purchase for this class. Materials will be provided in class.

Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
July 17 – August 14
5 sessions (10 hours)
$250 member / $290 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

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Wednesday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Lan Yang
Intermediate Conversation
Intermediate

This class is designed for students who have completed up to the Intermediate level classes (Level 201-206) in our Chinese classes or at an equivalent proficiency level. The class will help students speak the language with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most informal conversational and business settings. The class is highly conversational and interactive, with a focus on live conversations and discussions to achieve fluency in spoken Chinese. Topics for discussion revolve around a wide range of themes, including the latest hot topics in China and worldwide.

NO textbook is required to purchase for this class. Materials will be provided in class.

[In-Person Class] Wednesday, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
July 17 – August 14
[Online Class]
-Thursday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
July 18 – August 15
-Saturday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
July 20 – August 17

5 sessions (10 hours)
$250 member / $290 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

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Wednesday
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Class Full
Thursday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Lan Yang
Class Full
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Lan Yang
Advanced Reading for Heritage Learners
Advanced

This five-week summer course is designed for heritage learners who have successfully completed the Heritage Intermediate IV class at China Institute. It also caters to general heritage learners with an intermediate level of reading proficiency. Serving as both a continuation of HSK 4 (下) and preparation for future advanced courses, this class offers carefully curated lessons from HSK 5, encompassing a range of cultural topics. Writing is also an important part of the training in this class.

Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
July 16 – August 13
5 sessions (10 hours)
$250 member / $290 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

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Tuesday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Charlene Wang
Advanced Spoken Chinese
Advanced

This course is designed for learners who have at least high-intermediate proficiency in listening and speaking, a vocabulary of over 2,500 Chinese words, and a solid understanding of general Chinese grammar. Spanning five weeks, the curriculum delves into advanced grammar and vocabulary, with a special emphasis on unique aspects of spoken language and specialized vocabulary that functions within the text. Throughout the course, students will engage with a variety of intricate communication scenarios relevant to everyday life, professional settings, and socio-cultural contexts.

NO textbook is required to purchase for this class. Materials will be provided in class.

Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
July 17 – August 14
5 sessions (10 hours)
$250 member / $290 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

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Wednesday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Fei Xue
Advanced Reading in Chinese Culture
Advanced

This course is designed for students currently enrolled in the advanced reading courses at CI or for anyone who has attained an overall advanced level of proficiency in the Chinese language and seeks to further their studies by exploring advanced texts. Students will read published articles addressing diverse social issues in contemporary China. The curriculum focuses on honing advanced reading comprehension skills while also cultivating professional speaking abilities, including discussion and oral presentation.

Saturday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
July 20 – August 17
5 sessions (10 hours)
$250 member / $290 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

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Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Mandy Ng
Hot Topics in China (Advanced Speaking & Reading)
Advanced

This course is designed for those who have achieved an overall high intermediate to advanced level of proficiency in the Chinese language and wish to advance their spoken fluency and sophistication. Students will be fully engaged in discussions on a variety of reading topics about China’s economy, politics, social and cultural issues.

NO textbook is required for this class. Materials will be provided in class.

Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
July 16 – August 13
5 sessions (10 hours)
$250 member / $290 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

Registration

Tuesday
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Wei Tang
Not sure which level to register for?
Schedule an appointment for a quick assessment! Please contact Tina Fang at tfang@chinainstitute.org, or call (212) 744-8181, ext. 150.

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